Volkswagen Beetle Final Edition Models Announced

After nearly seven decades and three generations, Volkswagen will officially be retiring the legendary Beetle. To commemorate this automotive and style icon, VW will release two Volkswagen Beetle Final Edition models in 2019: Final Edition SE and Final Edition SEL.

Volkswagen Beetle Final Edition - Gossett VW Germantown - Memphis, TN

These models will be available as coupes or convertibles and in two unique colors — Safari Uni and Stonewashed Blue. The Final Edition models will get a slew of standard features, including Climatronic® automatic climate control, KESSY® keyless access with push-button start, and a leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel.

All Final Edition Beetle models will be powered by a 2.0-liter TSI® engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. This engine will produce 174 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque while yielding 26 mpg in the city, 33 mpg on the highway, and 29 mpg combined.*

The 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Final Edition coupe will retail for $23,045 (SE) or $25,995 (SEL). Beetle convertible models will start at $27,295 (SE) and $29,995 (SEL).

“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,” commented Hinrich J. Woebcken, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. “As we move to being a full-line, family-focused automaker in the U.S. and ramp up our electrification strategy with the MEB platform, there are no immediate plans to replace it. But as we have seen with the I.D. BUZZ — which is the modern and practical interpretation of the legendary Bus — I would also say, ‘Never say never.’”

We’re fans of the Beetle at Gossett VW Germantown, so “never say never” sounds like music to our ears.

*EPA estimated.

History of the Volkswagen Beetle

Volkswagen Beetle

As one of the longest-used nameplates in automotive history, the history of the Volkswagen Beetle is long and undeniably interesting. Development of the little “Bug” began in Germany in 1934, with the first cars coming out of production in 1938.

However, after a short production run, it had to stop due to wartime activities. The Beetle went back into production in Europe in 1946 to provide transportation for Allied troops, and after that, production gradually grew and grew until the one-millionth Type 1 model was produced in 1955.

In the early 1950s, the Beetle made its way to the United States and its popularity exploded over the next two decades. In fact, on February 17, 1972, Beetle number 15,007,034 was produced, setting a new record for the most-produced vehicle model. Sales eventually ceased in the U.S. in 1979 and production of the Type 1 ended in 2003.

In 1997, Volkswagen introduced what was called the New Beetle. It had a front engine, but its exterior styling paid homage to the original. The Beetle went through another redesign for the 2011 model year and got a slightly lower profile. This is the current model of the Beetle.

Come check out the modern version of the iconic VW Bug right here at Gossett VW Germantown.