In an effort to further slash operational costs, German automaker Volkswagen is mulling the idea of terminating the three-door variant of its Polo hatchback as well as the Beetle. According to Automotive News Europe, demand for the three-door Polo has fallen considerably in Europe, rendering its existence irrelevant.

As Wolfsburg gears up for the launch of the next-generation Polo, due in 2017, the firm is looking to save close to €200 million with this move as part of a master plan to cut a total of €5 billion from overall costs. With the deployment of the MQB platform, VW has not decided if it should engineer it to suit the 3-door Polo.

Beetle 2.0 TSI-06

In addition to that, the Volkswagen Beetle could also be facing the gauntlet as the firm has not confirmed a MQB-based replacement for one of its most popular nameplates. Introduced in 2011, the reboot of the original failed to garner the amount of hype (and sales) as its legendary forefather.

As a result, Volkswagen could very well look to drop the Beetle as soon as the current version gets extinguished from the production line. Further reinforcing its cost-cutting measures, Volkswagen has pulled the plug on its Eos convertible model – with the final model set to roll off the line this May in Portugal.