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What was tested? 2019 VW Beetle Final Edition SE ($27,295).
Wheelbase: 100.1 in.
Length: 168.8 in. Width: 71.9 in. Height: 58 in.
Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder (174 hp, 184 lbs. ft.).
Transmission: Six-speed manual.
Fuel economy: 26 city, 33 highway.
Why buy it?
It’s your last chance to buy a brand-new Beetle at a Volkswagen
dealer. This classic VW still turns heads and inspires smiles with its
fun, quirky, distinctive design.

Such Sweet Sorrow

By Derek Price Cargazing.com

Volkswagen Beetle Gets Special Sendoff As It Departs
Although I was born in 1980, a
full 42 years after the first
Volkswagen rolled off the assembly line in Nazi Germany, I can’t
help but feel a twinge of nostalgia
as I write this.
It’s the end of the line for the
Volkswagen Beetle.
After more than 80 years of
production, one of the world’s
most distinctive and memorable
cars is about to disappear.
Like many contemporary small
cars, the compact, two-door
Beetle is falling victim to changing times. Spacious, familyfriendly SUVs and crossovers are
in style, and fun-to-drive compact cars are out, including adorably quirky ones like this.
The fact that the Beetle lasted
this long is remarkable. The origi-

nal Type 1 Beetle — the one kids
call a “slug bug” when it drives by
with its buzzy, air-cooled engine
perched over the rear axle —
resulted in 21 million sales before
it finally ceased production in
2003.
The replacement New Beetle,
with its more conventional
water-cooled, front-engine layout
and familiar bubble shape, had a
remarkably good two-decade run
of its own starting in 1999.
All good things must end,
though, which is how I find
myself behind the wheel of a
Beetle called the Final Edition.
For a car with a long history of
fun and goofy special editions,
from the striped GSR to the more
recent version with pink paint
and a hashtag for its name —

#pinkbeetle — Volkswagen easily
could have done something outlandish for this car’s last hurrah.
Instead, the changes are minimal and tasteful.
There’s a script “Beetle” badge
where the “Turbo” normally goes
on the go-fast models, plus
18-inch wheels and a nice level of
standard equipment, including a
punchy Fenderbranded sound
system.
The real selling point, though,
is something a badge can’t convey: a sense of nostalgia for millions of people who have memories of VW bugs.
I loaded a hippie-tinged playlist while putting the top down on
my convertible tester, remembering all the times a Beetle has
played a role in my life.

I remembered driving several
New Beetle testers through the
years, each one putting a smile
on my face as those same ‘60s
tunes blared on the sound system.
I remembered teaching my
teenage girl to drive a manual
transmission in a Beetle.
I remembered the time my
friend David was driving in front
of me in his old, beloved, rust-red
Beetle and swerved to miss a dog
in the road, then rolled the car
into a ditch right in front of me in
the late 1990s. He climbed out of
the wreckage and yelled, “My
MiniDisc player didn’t skip!”
While my entire life represents
just a sliver of this car’s long history, I still have enough emotional baggage around it to feel

slightly teary-eyed while driving
the Final Edition.
Yes, the reasons its sales have
tapered off are all obvious. The
cabin feels a bit cheap and dated.
The back seat can seem small
and annoying to access. Its powertrain isn’t as miserly as hybrids
or forward-looking as electric
cars.
The Beetle has always had its
flaws, ever since Ferdinand
Porsche first drew its curvaceous
lines during World War II. Despite
its flaws, though, it’s a car that
always seemed to persist and
even thrive, just like the best
people I know.
And just like when good people leave us, the lingering memories that sting also have the
power to soothe.

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