Volkswagen reevaluation of two-door models might see the Beetle being shown the door
In an attempt to slash production costs and increasing profitability, Volkswagen is mulling over terminating several of its model range and derivatives. As per information coming from Der Spiegel, the German magazine, the automaker is closely scrutinizing some of its two-door models and the resulting causality could be the Beetle, which after the current model generation would end up terminated.
We have already gathered information on the departure of the Eos and the Scirocco, and the latest information is that the Beetle is also being scrutinized for the same purpose. The second-generation model entered in 2012 was unable to recreate the magic of the New Beetle when it took birth in 1997. Last year sale of the Beetle amounted to 94,214 units, and that turned to be 22% loss from 2013 worldwide.
There is more here; the Euro-spec Polo subcompact with two doors might also disappear after the next generation, and the move is not unexpected as it reflects the drift in the segment. We were sure about the two-door Golf as it was already under scrutiny, as there was no need for a GTI with two-door this would have inevitably occurred. Last year sales for the two-door Golf accounted to a global five percent.
The Spiegel also published the reports based on the recommendations by the Volkswagen’s head of employees’ council, the Powerful Bernd Osterloh. He says that the company should not carry out alterations in a vehicle program so late, which the CEO Martin Winterkorn, set as a hallmark to manufacture perfect vehicles, even if it involves delays and resulting higher costs. The statement also reflects the philosophy adopted by Wolfgang Bernhard, the Volkswagen CEO, who had departed since and whose attitude was based on the cost relevant manufacturing. It will be a sad day when the bug departs from our vicinity, especially the old timers.