Volkswagen is working on a new generation Beetle. It will come as a 2011 model and will be built on the sixth-generation Golf platform. Volkswagen will adapt the Beetle’s distinctive style to a North American version of the Up! minicar.
The new New Beetle will come off the same platform as the Golf MK VI, in the 2010, or more likely, the 2011 calendar year and will include a hybrid version. VW would be smart, in fact, to make the MkII New Beetle hybrid-only, as its distinctive style lends it the same kind of instant recognition as the Toyota Prius. VW of America hasn’t officially confirmed the next New Beetle, saying only that it’s under study.
Volkswagen is rumored to be considering a Beetle-style version of the rear-engine, monobox/hatchback Up! concept unveiled last year at the Frankfurt show.