Bye bye, Beetle: Volkswagen's iconic bug bows out after 80 years in production
Its fortunes have been in decline since the 1970s, but one of history's most famous cars - and a key attraction at the UAE's Dub Drive - has had its final curtain call
The last of the line. Courtesy Volkswagen
To celebrate 500,000 Beetles, Volkswagen organised a celebration at the plant in Wolfsburg, Germany. AP Photo
A Beetle is unloaded at Emden harbour in Germany as part of a shipment to Europe. AP Photo
Beetles made in 1954 are assembled in lines at the Volkwagen plant in Wolfsburg, Germany. AP Photo
Workers drive their Beetles from the car park on their way home at the end of a days work at the world's largest single automotive plant, the Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg, Germany, in 1966. AP Photo
A Beetle Fender edition on display at a UK music festival. Volkswagen
Vintage Beetles are seen parked during a rally held as part of World Wide VW Beetle Day in Bangalore, India. EPA
Cars owned by the Israeli Beetle club, which has 500 members.
Beetles are displayed at the annual gathering of an enthusiasts' event in Yakum, Israel. AP Photo
Parisian police officers stand in front of a damaged Beetle on a street in the Latin Quarter of Paris. AP Photo
A Maggiolino Cabriolet, the famous Beetle completely made of wood, is shown by Italian artist Livio De Marchi in Essen, Germany. AP Photo
Dick Darling, of the Manhattan borough of New York, rollerblades in front of a 1974 Beetle named Y2K Bug during the annual Greenwich Village Halloween parade. AP Photo
A Beetle, known as Fusca in Brazil, painted in Brazilian colours at Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro. AP Photo
A model poses next to a 1968 Volkswagen Beetle covered in tiles made of a blend of 18 karat gold and glass at the annual Luxury Show in Bucharest, Romania. AP Photo
A bug on display at a show in Siam, Thailand. Alamy
A vintage Beetle at Customs Show Emirates in Abu Dhabi. Simon Wilgress-Pipe
The iconic car from Volkswagen will make way for electric models. The National
We've waved auf wiedersehen to the Volkswagen Beetle a few times in the past, but this week it appears this really is it - production has finally come to a close.
The iconic bug's Final Edition model, manufactured in Mexico's Puebla plant, has ceased.
As one of the most recognisable vehicles the world has ever seen, take a tour through the gallery above to see how the vehicle changed through the years.
Since its inception in 1938, Volkswagen and its subsidiaries have made and sold more than 20 million Beetles. Many of them have ended up as treasured possessions of UAE residents, and they always feature heavily at the annual
Dub Drive GCC, customised or otherwise.
In a statement announcing the car's demise, Hinrich Woebcken, head of Volkswagen of America, said that as the company ramps up its electrification strategy, there are no plans to replace the icon.
Anyone who's ever been behind the wheel of one won't miss the driving experience. There will, however, be more than a few former 1960s hippies who'll be shedding a tear that this chapter in automotive history has come to a close.
Updated: July 9, 2019 02:33 PM