As informs a portal Autoevolution, the journalists who talked in the framework of the Geneva motor show with the head of research and development of Volkswagen Frank Welsh, the company decided to put an end to the history of the model New Beetle. “Two or three generation at the moment is enough. You can’t five times to create a model and call it new, new, new beetle,” commented Welch brand positions.
published news that the head of Volkswagen Herbert dies thinking that the New Beetle with the change of generation can be produced on the basis of the rear-wheel drive platform MEB. But now Frank Welsh said that Volkswagen is absolutely no reason to “bother” with a rear engine buggy Beetle, if you can produce authentic electric vehicle I. D. Buzz.
Photo: concept car Volkswagen I. D. Buzz
But whether the emphasis is placed on an electric van? Last year Volkswagen introduced in Shanghai concept electric crossover I. D. Crozz, and it is likely that he will replace the New Beetle off the Assembly line.
Photo: concept car I. D. Crozz
You also need not to forget about the concept car I. D. Vizzion, which was recently presented in Geneva. This model is positioned as a direct competitor to the Tesla Model S and its production version will have a power reserve of more than 600 kilometers.
If you look at sales of the New Beetle, it becomes clear why Volkswagen makes sense to replace it. In January of this year, this model sold in the United States in the amount of 1 112 units, 1 193 copies were sold in Europe. At the end of last year the brand sold in the U.S. just over 15 000 copies of the New Beetle, while in 1999-2000 the model was sold in more than 80 000 units. For comparison, a compact crossover T-Roc a few months after the premiere, sold in Europe six times more active.
If you weigh all the factors, it becomes clear that the Volkswagen has much more ambitious plans than to focus on though, and stylish, but not a new model. It is likely that it will still be some time to be sold in showrooms, but its days are apparently numbered.
Previously portal of the Wheel.ru reported that large crossover Volkswagen Teramont: soon in our country.