Four generations of the Volkswagen Beetle. A typical feature of models built before 1953 is the split back window. To celebrate reaching a record-breaking 20 million vehicles sold in 1981, the Silver Bug was produced as a special edition. In June 2003, production finally ceased. A few years before, in 1998, the New Beetle took the stage. From 2011 to this day, the special spirit of the original Bug continues to be kept alive by the more dynamic The Beetle.