The Volkswagen Beetle has been in limbo ever since reports surfaced that the company was considering axing the model but Volkswagen's Chairman of the Board of Management has confirmed the Beetle has been given a reprieve.

The Volkswagen Beetle has been in limbo ever since reports surfaced that the company was considering axing the model but Volkswagen's Chairman of the Board of Management has confirmed the Beetle has been given a reprieve. 

Speaking to Autoblog, Dr. Heinz-Jakob Neusser said an all-new Beetle will arrive within three years and ride on the MQB platform.  The executive also noted the switch to a new architecture opens up the possibility of a variety of new eco-friendly variants with hybrid or electric powertrains.

Neusser didn't have much to to say about the model but confirmed it will have an "emotional design" that echoes the company's new styling philosophy.

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