Volkswagon discontinuing iconic Beetle in 2019

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(CBS) -- Volkswagon has decided to stop making its most iconic vehicle--the Beetle.

On Thursday, the company announced it would end production of the third-generation vehicle in July of next year.

The Beetle was introduced in Germany during the Nazi era in 1938 and came to the U.S. 11 years later, where it became a symbol of the hippie era. Those cars sold for about 30 years, CBS reported, until 1979, The last of the original bugs was produced in Puebla, Mexico, in 2003.

The company announced that it will sell two special editions, which come in coupe and convertible body styles, and will get unique beige and blue colors in addition to the normal hues. They will also get standard extra chrome, new wheels and three-color ambient lighting inside.

Though Volkswagon said it has no plans to revive the Beetle any time soon, it isn't ruling that option out.

"I would say 'never say never,'"
VW of America CEO Hinrich Woebcken said in a statement.

The company plans to roll out an electric version of the Volkswagon Bus in 2022.