German automaker Volkswagen has announced that it will no longer produce the classic Volkswagen Beetle. The company has said that it would end production of the iconic car in 2019, following a pair of final editions of the insect-inspired vehicles. The chief executive of Volkswagen Group, Hinrich Woebcken said the move to axe the model comes as the brand begins to switch its focus to electric cars and larger family-friendly vehicles. In a statement he said: “The loss of the Beetle after three generations, over nearly seven decades, will evoke a host of emotions from the Beetle’s many devoted fans.” He also added that while there are no immediate plans to replace the Beetle, he could “never say never.” Even though the iconic car was first designed in the 1930s, mass production didn’t take place until 1945.
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