RUMOUR: Volkswagen To End Beetle Production? Say It Isn’t So!Auto News
Sorry Beetle lovers, but this rumour has been spreading on the interwebs like wildfire. Various auto sites around the globe have been quoting a report by German website Spiegel Online over a piece that suggests the end of times for the Volkswagen Beetle.
The original report, titled “Volkswagen stoppt neues Polo-Modell,” loosely translated to “Volkswagen Polo stop new model” quotes Martin Winterkorn, CEO of the Volkswagen Group to say that the brand is quite serious about cost-cutting at the moment, and the Polo three-door and Beetle models may take after the already-axed Volkswagen Eos roadster and be axed from the line-up.
The Polo is said to be kept alive, but only as a five-door version, while models sold in smaller numbers – Polo three-door, Beetle – may have to face the axe in an attempt to save money: deleting the Polo three-door could potentially save Volkswagen nearly 200 million euros a year, leading up to the next-gen Polo due in 2017.
Also, it’s understood that the sale of three-door hatchbacks haven’t had the best of times in Europe, lately.
While all these remain rumours for now (at least until we get some official info from Volkswagen directly), it is measured that The Beetle hasn’t been able to reach the sort of success Volkswagen may have pinned on it.
In any case, we’re all hoping the lovable and iconic bug isn’t axed for all plans. Let’s see.