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Why the Volkswagen Beetle reached the end of the line

COMMENT From Hitler to Herbie – and from hippies to hipsters – the Volkswagen Beetle transcended generations.  Almost everyone has a story about a Beetle, a car that made most people smile – and left others bruised during games of “Punch Buggy” if the other person spotted one before you did. In the end, though, even millennials couldn’t keep the Love Bug alive...

Volkswagen Beetle ends production

Volkswagen has produced the very last Beetle at its Puebla facility in Mexico, marking the end of an eight-year production run for the third-generation model. The final vehicle – a ‘Denim Blue’ Beetle coupe – will be put on display at the company’s museum in Puebla “as a lasting tribute to the automobile’s rich and storied heritage”...

Volkswagen readying US Beetle 'Final Edition' as nameplate prepares to die

Volkswagen is preparing to kill the Beetle as we know it. To farewell the last internal-combustion Bug, and potentially the nameplate entirely, the company is reportedly planning a 2019 Final Edition in the USA...

Volkswagen Beetle: Next-gen car to become an electric four-door - report

The next-generation Volkswagen Beetle could be a four-door only model riding on the company's MEB electric car platform, available with rear-wheel drive. According to Autocar, this proposal is currently under consideration by the people who matter at Volkswagen, but a decision has yet to be reached...

Our favourite cars of 2017

2017 is almost over. It's time for Christmas parties, sunshine and rose-tinted reflection on the year gone by. But here at CarAdvice, we aren't taking our foot off the pedal just yet – instead, we're taking the chance to look back at some of our favourite cars from this year...

CarAdvice podcast 79: Alice Anderson and Australia's first all-female workshop

We have a special guest on the panel with Mandy Turner and Mike Stevens, this week: Melissa Ong is a CarAdvice reader, and she took our company-owned Abarth 595 for a week-long test drive. On the show, we chat about her experience with the little Italian firecracker...

Volkswagen Beetle: Next-gen to be electric and RWD - report

The Volkswagen Beetle could be revived as a rear-wheel drive electric vehicle (EV) as part of the company's upcoming I.D. family, according to a new report out of the UK. Speaking with Autocar, Volkswagen's Herbert Diess said the company needs to decide on "emotional concepts" for its upcoming electric cars - a term he defines as covering iconic models like the Microbus and Beetle, along with the Kübelwagen and Buggy...

Factory-sponsored 1970 Beetle to tackle Baja 1000

Volkswagen USA has thrown its support behind one of the coolest entries to the 2018 Baja 1000. The ProjectBaja.com team will be lining up in a restored, heavily modified 1970 Beetle, supported by the might of VW America. The little Beetle, dubbed Tope by the team, has been treated to a comprehensive suite of modifications for off-road racing...

2017 Beetle Sunshine Tour breaks registrations record

Fans of one of the world's most loveable cars, the Volkswagen Beetle, will be converging next week on the beach of the German Baltic Sea for the 2017 Beetle Sunshine Tour. Now in its 13th year, the world's largest Beetle meeting has 721 cars registered, achieving a new record. This year's theme is “Welcome to America”, celebrating the Beetle's success in the country...

Volkswagen Beetle hits 330km/h at Bonneville Salt Flats: Will the real Bumblebee please stand up?

The 2016 World of Speed event at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, has witnessed a heavily modified Volkswagen Beetle reach a speed of 330.111 kilometres per hour. Forget the Camaro, this is the Autobots' real Bumblebee. Sadly, this is not your typical Beetle that you can buy from your local dealership. The Beetle LSR (Land Speed Record) has the same 2...

Four special-edition Volkswagen models here by November

Volkswagen Australia is preparing to launch no fewer than four special-edition models before the end of 2016, following in the wheel tracks of the just-launched Golf GTI 40 Years edition. Kicking things off is the Volkswagen Beetle Classic Final Edition due to arrive in September. It’ll be the last opportunity for people to buy a Beetle before the iconic model is axed from the local line-up...