Over the years we’ve seen companies like Ford and Chevrolet redesign and reinvent some of their classics like the Mustang and Impala respectively. However while the cars might have retained their names, their designs have evolved over the years where it isn’t quite as recognizable as it once was.

Volkswagen’s Beetle on the other hand doesn’t have that problem. Its design has been changed over the years but for the most part, at a glance you can tell what car it is. Unfortunately for fans of the classic car, it appears that Volkswagen is done with it for now. The company has confirmed that they will no longer be making future generations of the Beetle.

This was revealed by Volkswagen’s R&D boss Frank Welsch where he said that “two or three generations is enough now”. He also adds that the Beetle was “made with history in mind but you can’t do it five times and have a new new new Beetle”. This also pretty much crushes any  hopes that customers might have had for an all-electric Beetle.

Instead Volkswagen will be turning to the I.D. Buzz as its heritage-inspired electric model, which is based on the also-iconic Microbus. According to Welsch, “With MEB [the VW Group’s electric car platform], you can do a bus and be an authentic vehicle with the original shape, and steering wheel mounted like the original. You can’t do that with an engine in the front. The shape you see on the concept is realistic.”

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