Bye Bye Beetle

As we enter the new year and decade, Nancy says goodbye to the Volkswagen Beetle.


Bye-bye, little Beetle. As we enter a new decade, it’s the end of an era. The Volkswagen Beetle era. Hi, I’m Nancy at Kneble’s Auto Service Center. The company announced that 2019 is the end of the production, as its new focus is on the electric vehicle platform. The Beetle has been in production for 80 years, on and off, starting in 1938. Their slogan was, “If you run out of gas, it’s easy to push.”

Hollywood played a major role in increasing sales for this little bug with the release of the movie Love Bug, starring Herbie. People started putting the number 53 on the side of the car, just like Herbie had. This is a unique look, looking like a beetle bug. Some say kind of quirky. I remember as a kid playing punch buggy, no punch back. Even my kids played the game where you did a playful punch each time you saw a Beetle bug.

It took two decades for the resurrection and design change. The new design of the Beetle was a sleek, smooth, kind of fun second car, they considered it for. For those of you who love the Beetle, I’m sure you were so happy to see it come back into production. But unfortunately, US sales weren’t strong enough to keep that vehicle in production. Hence, an era gone by. See you every Wednesday at 12:30 where we discuss a different topic. Thank you for watching.