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Volkswagen's iconic Beetle is getting squashed, as the car maker dumps the past in favor of a greener, electric future. The car had been a steady hit for three generations, dating all the way back to Hitler's Germany in the 1930s, and was an icon of the post-war baby boomers in the 60s.
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The model was given a turn-of-the-century revival for millennials, but its popularity, along with most other small cars, has been in steady decline. Only 500,000 Beetles have sold globally in the last 20 years. Volkswagen now says it's stopping production next year, and instead putting its power behind a new fleet of electric models to appeal to the next generation of more environmentally conscious consumers.
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The car maker is also trying to turn a corner on a scandal that's rocked the company for the last three years after it admitted to cheating diesel emissions test. And for Beetle fans, it's not the end of the road yet. Two new models have been unveiled, which will join the final Beetle line up next year.
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And the company hasn't ruled out bringing a greener electric model back in the future.