The car that became famous for the phrase “Punch buggy, no punch back!” is finally going away. This news isn’t that big of a shock considering the decline of New Beetle sales over the years. However, it still doesn’t soften the blow for long-time fans. The Volkswagen Beetle was known as the Volkswagen Type 1 when it was first introduced during WWII, and quickly became popular for being one of the most affordable and reliable cars on the market.
On July 9th, the last Volkswagen Beetle was finished and sent to a Volkswagen museum. The Beetle as we know it was introduced in 1998 and sold over 1.7 million units as of this year. Here are some things that we’re definitely going to miss about the Volkswagen Beetle.
Its unique exterior
The Beetle has one of the most distinctive shapes of any car ever produced in the world. Its fun-sized shape easily makes it stand out from the crowd and increases its charm to consumers.
For the original Beetle, its engine was located in the back while the trunk could be accessed from the front of the car. The company attempted to give the Beetle a little bit of a facelift with the A5 model to keep up with the design of modern cars. However, fans were still much more invested in the original Bug.
Its cute nicknames
We refer to the Beetle affectionally as a “punch buggy” or “Bug”, but other countries have their own nicknames for the car. It’s known as the Vocho in Mexico and Fusca in Brazil, both of which mean “beetle”. Meanwhile, France refers to it as a ladybug, or “coccinelle”. It’s known as a “turtle” in Bolivia or Turkey. Curiously enough, multiple countries such as Indonesia, Iraq, and Iran refer to it as a “frog” or “frog car”. Some more unique names include the “hunchback car” in Poland and the “Foxy” in Pakistan!
Its movie-star appeal
Apparently, you don’t have to be a shiny sports car to be a hit in car movies. Disney’s Herbie the Love Bug was a big hit with general audiences and Beetle fans alike. Bumblebee from the Transformers franchise may transform from a Camaro in the films, but its original form was a beloved Volkswagen Beetle.
You can also spot a Beetle on the iconic Abbey Road album from the Beatles, a car which can now be found at the Volkswagen AutoMuseum.
All those special editions
Volkswagen really got adventurous with the Beetle beginning in 2012. They started making special edition Beetles. These included unique models like the Xbox edition to celebrate 10 years of the popular gaming system, the iBeetle edition which featured an integrated iPhone, and the Denim Convertible as a tribute to the Jeans Bug from the ’70s. Multiple Pink editions were released, including one inspired by the Barbie doll.
Its comfy interior
Considering the car’s small stature, one might think that there’s not a lot of room for passengers inside. The Beetle’s seats are very spacious for a compact car, keeping passengers comfortable during long car rides or short errands. The seats can be manually adjusted and there’s a crank on the side for reclining back as far as you like.
An easy ride
For many people, the Beetle has a nostalgic place in their hearts as one of the first vehicles they learned to drive. It’s a great vehicle for first-timers due to its good stability and excellent handling.
The latest Beetle comes with a peppy 2.0-liter turbocharged engine capable of 174 hp. Sadly, drivers won’t be able to race down the track like Herbie, but they’ll still be able to enjoy a smooth drive down any kind of road.