What’s going on?
Recently, new information has appeared about the fate of some iconic Volkswagen models. After AutoCar got a chance to talk with a member of the VW board of directors, it became known in the outlet that the Beetle and Cirocco would no longer be in the near future.
Making serious efforts to try to recover losses from the scandal with the Dieselgate, Volkswagen seeks to review its lineup and future plans. The potential result of this is that Volkswagen may have to overclock the Beetle and Scirroco again.
“Beetle and Scirocco are representatives of an emotional and attractive class of vehicles,” said VW board member Arno Antilitz, “… but this [VW product planning] is not always associated with continuing to produce cars from generation to generation.”
Yes! The current Beetle was released as a 2012 model year car. The current Scirocco, although unavailable in the US, debuted in 2008. Thus, both cars are nearing the end of their production duration.
But Antilitz noted while both the Beetle coupe and the Scirocco might end soon, the Beetle Convertible will continue production until the end of its production cycle.
Rumors of the Beetle coming to an end have also been floating around for quite some time.
Where’s Volkswagen going?
According to some of the latest reports, Dieselgate has really changed things for Volkswagen. As a result, VW plans to pay more attention to electric vehicle production programs and the ever-increasing number of SUVs and crossovers. Some of these efforts are already taking shape, as seen on the Volkswagen Atlas SUV.