Volkswagen’s iconic Beetle has just been refreshed for the 2017 model year, but there are more and more rumors about its approaching demise come the end of 2018.
The reports have been swarming about the impending death of possibly the most iconic Volkswagen ever built – with sources claiming that after the 2018 retirement of the current generation there will be no direct replacement. That was because of the latest sales results – which made VW think more about its crossovers and SUV rather than a new Beetle generation. Now that the Dieselgate has also landed, the business case for the Beetle looked even slimmer.
Fortunately, the fact that VW wants – in America especially – to focus more on crossovers and models with all-wheel-drive systems lets the Beetle successor possibly enter the new segment. That is the company’s electric strategy – as you may remember the company presented at the Paris Motor Show an electric concept “as revolutionary as the Beetle” The I.D. Concept is the size of the Golf – but it’s also underpinned on a platform that will spawn multiple electric cars. And given the connection between the platform that usually underpinned the Golf and Beetle and this new concept, we can speculate Volkswagen might try to revolutionize the auto industry once again.