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Current Beetle ‘won’t be replaced’ as work set to progress on I.D. Buzz

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VOLKSWAGEN will not replace the Beetle in its current form, it is understood, with the maker not keen to ‘keep reinventing’ the retro hatchback beyond its current generation.

A senior source within VW confirmed the news – with the mk2 ‘new’ Beetle set to be the company’s last – at least in its current form.

Instead, Volkswagen will concentrate on making a production-ready version of the I.D. Buzz electric vehicle concept (pictured) – a throwback to the iconic VW ‘bus’ of the 1960s – while an all-electric Beetle could be a possibility further down the line.


The T-Roc convertible meanwhile – due in 2020 – will replace the current soft-top Beetle in the range until then.

It’s understood that the all-new electric-focussed platform on which the I.D. Buzz sits – named MEB – is key to why Volkswagen finally decided to put the reimagined bus into production.

A model true to the shape of the 1960s original simply wouldn’t be viable on Volkswagen’s existing front-engined platforms, a source revealed, and producing a new one specifically for the project would be uneconomical.

An modular EV platform, meanwhile, offers much more flexibility – 15 different VW Group models are destined to be based on MEB, though the firm is remaining tight-lipped as to what form the majority will take.

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While the I.D. Buzz has already been confirmed, it seems less likely that an electric Beetle would make production. The current generation was a comparatively low-volume car for the brand, and flexible platform or not, a new EV version would still need to be profitable.

No dates have been confirmed for the current-generation Beetle’s demise, but we’d expect it to disappear from sale just before the next-generation Golf arrives next year – by which point the Beetle’s architecture would be two generations behind VW’s other models.

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