VW Beetle could get a Final Edition for 2019

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It seems the end is in sight for the

Volkswagen Beetle


VW Vortex is reporting

that there could be a Final Edition for the 2019 model year, according to VIN code information submitted to



In March, we learned

the Beetle would not have an immediate, beetle-shaped successor

, though a


USA spokesperson said there were

no plans to discontinue the model in the United States

. In European markets such as Germany, the


is currently

only available to be ordered as a cabriolet

, and no new tin-top Beetles are shipped to Germany from the factory in Mexico. For


, a 53-unit Final Edition was

already introduced way back in 2016

, officially ending the model’s sales there. The U.S. market is a different ballpark, though, and the Beetle remains listed on

the VW.com website

as both hardtop and convertible, though just over 15,000 were sold in the U.S. last year, down from a high of 43,000 in 2013.

In the future,

the I.D Buzz electric microbus

will be VW’s heritage inspired vehicle, and the Beetle name will be shelved until further notice. While Beetle sales are down, the Final Edition would be a fitting last hurrah.

VW Vortex

reminds that the

New Beetle

also got a special Final Edition in 2010, as the original Beetle revamp was wound down in favor of the current, chunkier model. The 2010 Final Edition New Beetle was only available in Aquarius Blue, with Campanella White highlights available for the convertible.

The 2010 Final Edition was introduced at the

Los Angeles Auto Show

, and it’s not unlikely that the Beetle’s 2019 model year swan song would also be unveiled at the L.A. show in early December. We have reached out to VW USA for a comment.

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