The German automaker Volkswagen has announced that it will no longer produce the classic Volkswagen Beetle.
The company has said it would end the production of the iconic car in 2019, after a couple of final editions of the insect-inspired vehicles.
Volkswagen Group chief executive Hinrich Woebcken said the move to dismantle the model occurs when the brand begins to focus on electric cars and larger vehicles for the family.
The edition & # 39; Herbie & # 39; del Beetle (pictured) was one of the most iconic models
One of the most recent editions of Beetle, the & # 39; Beetle Dune & # 39; shown above at the LA Autoshow in 2017
The Beetle has become a classic car around the world, in the photo above there are several models in Florence, Italy
In a statement, he said: "The loss of the beetle after three generations, for almost seven decades, will evoke a lot of emotions from the many devout Beetle fanatics."
He also added that while there are no "immediate plans" to replace the Beetle, he could never say & # 39;
Although the iconic car was first designed in the 1930s, mass production did not take place until 1945.
The original idea for the beetle was that it would be a "people's automobile," and it would be affordable enough for people who did not come from substantial wealth.
The idea of the Beetle was conceived in 1931, when Ferdinand Porsche and Zundapp developed the Porsche Type 12, or 'Auto fur Jedermann & # 39; (translated as & # 39; Car for all & # 39;).
In 1933, Nazi leader Adolf Hitler commissioned Porsche to develop a "Peoples Car," with details that the car could accommodate two adults and two children, with space for their luggage, and be able to navigate at approximately 62 mph.
The car was produced in Wolfsburg, West Germany. This was one of the production lines in the factory during 1956
The popularity of the beetle inspired many novel elements, such as this wagon-shaped merchandise ship on Lake Steinhude in Germany.
Tourists in Berlin can explore the city in old Volkswagen cars
Hitler's plan for the beetle was that it would be affordable for everyone, and therefore it was proposed to introduce a partial payment form for people who wanted to have a car.
Consumers would buy a & # 39; Sparkarte & # 39; (a savings card) at a cost of 1 Reichsmark, the equivalent of around 30 pence.
After buying a Sparkarte, they were forced to buy at least 5 Reichsmark stamps per week, which worked at approximately £ 1.35.
A shot of the factory where the shells for the beetle were produced in Wolfsburg, Germany
The car was popular for many German consumers, the car above was represented in 1940
The car was originally designed to be a "car for everyone" and the government at that time wanted to make it affordable for everyone
The model became widely known in his country of origin as the Käfer (German for Beetle) and was then marketed under that name in Germany. While in France, the model was also known as Coccinelle, which in French means Mariquita.
The beetle marked a significant trend, led by Volkswagen, Fiat and Renault, in which the design of the rear engine and rear-wheel drive increased from 2.6 percent of automobile production in continental Western Europe in 1946 to 26.6 percent. one hundred in 1956.
Fast forward to the 1960s and Volkswagen began to bring significant changes to the model, including changes in the body.
Volkswagen also launched a convertible Beetle, like this one in its factory in 2013
These blue beetles were photographed outside the Volkswagen factory is Wolfsburg in 1976
The car has gained popularity around the world and was also represented outside of Buckingham Palace in 1954
All models would include built-in indicators on the taillights and separate indicators on the front wings.
In 1975, the 1303 model fell, and Volkswagen returned to the front suspension of the traditional beam, and the oscillating axle in the rear.
From 1975 to 1978, when the Beetle production line was finally closed, the car remained practically the same, except for a few color options that had been introduced in the new Golf model.
Beetle production moved to Puebla in Mexico. In 1996, Mexico became the last country to produce the old beetle.
The iconic car was photographed in 2017 against a backdrop of a spectacular sunset in Turkey
A popular car for families, this pink version of the Beetle was photographed in 1957