Volkswagen is still recovering from its diesel misfortunes and as the automaker looks for quick ways to recover, certain models may not be replaced. It’s being reported that the VW Beetle and Scirocco may not get replacements after the current generations run out.
During VW’s 2017 Annual Session, the future of the Beetle and Scirocco were brought up. VW brand board member Arno Antlitz responded, “The Beetle and Scirocco are representatives of an emotional and appealing class of vehicles, but it [VW product planning] is not always about continuing cars from one generation to the next.”
Slow sales of both models are also to blame, since the Beetle is one of VW’s slowest-selling cars, with only 25,127 units sold in Europe 25,127 in 2016. The Scirocco sold less than half with only 10,752 units sold in 2016. To put that in perspective, the Golf sold the two models’ combined 2016 sales in January 2017 alone.
To fill the “emotional appeal” that the Beetle and Scirocco currently fill, the VW board member said that the upcoming ID electric models and the Arteon (CC replacement) would be adequate replacements.
Since the VW Beetle is already built on an old platform an official decision might come sooner than later.