This is a strange article. The old T1 style Volkswagen Beetle ended its run in Europe and the US back in the '80s. It lasted a little longer in other foreign markets. It was replaced by the Volkswagen Golf. Then about a decade ago they did a retro Beetle based on the Golf's platform. That is what is ending its run this year. The new retro Beetle has almost nothing in common with the old Beetle the article is talking about except for its shape.