Volkswagen Beetle

Volkswagen Beetle

Volkswagen took the wraps off of their completely restyled Beetle at the beginning of 2011, and they’ve come to the Frankfurt Motor Show to show off one of the new car’s variants. Well, in concept form anyway. The new Beetle R Concept provides a glimpse of the future production model and is the "sportiest Beetle ever."

The new Beetle R concept will be distinguished by completely redesigned front and rear bumpers that gain an extra 30mm from the standard Beetle. The front bumper is designed as a motorsport-inspired splitter and houses three air intakes in a contrasting “Black High Gloss", one supplies the engine with oxygen and the other two cool the brakes. The hood also offers ventilation with its own air vent. The rear bumper features air exhaust vents, a diffuser integrated in the lower bumper area, a rear spoiler that is significantly larger than in the production model, and an exhaust system with two sets of dual chrome tailpipes.

The entire car is covered in a "Serious Gray" color which find its way into the interior, in the form of accents like the brushed aluminum pedal caps. The motorsport shell seats are upholstered in black Nappa leather combined with "Space Blue" on the seats seat seams and piping. The dashboard accents and decorative elements around the gear shift grip are finished in "Black High Gloss" and the entire central instrument cluster has been designed in the Volkswagen’s R-specific: tachometer in the middle, in the style of a sports car. The "R" logo also appears to illustrate that the Beetle R is the more powerful version of the Beetle.

You never know what you’re going to find at shows like the Frankfurt Motor Show, certainly anything like a special edition Volkswagen Beetle . But this is what makes Frankfurt such an interesting place to be in; you never know what you’re going to find.

Speaking of a special edition Beetle, one in particular was introduced in Frankfurt as a collaboration model with Fender. The Beetle Fender comes with a number of unique features, most specifically a state-of-the-art sound system that fits right in with what Fender does best.

The Beetle Fender Edition is 10 mm wider and sits 30 mm closer to the ground than the standard Beetle. It also differentiates itself with a leather coated roof, chromed side mirror coverings, a chromed signature and guitar pick decal on the bonnet, new door handles, side sills, a twin-tailpipe exhaust system, and a new set of 19" alloy wheels. Inside the car, the new additions include RNS 510 radio-navigation system, colored metallic controls, a pick holder and a number of other styling accents that are right up Fender’s alley.

As far as the sound set-up goes, there’s 3-color ambient lighting - red, white, blue - that sets the mood right. There are also two sets of tweeters with neodymium magnets and fabric domes, woofers that carry dual and single voice coils, and a dual voice coil bass box that’s located in the luggage compartment. The whole sound system set-up is rounded up by a 10-channel amplifier with Class A/B power amplifiers and 400 Watts.

No pricing has been set for the special edition Volkswagen Beetle, but expect it to come sooner than later.

UPDATE 05/12/12: We have some good news and some ’lets-wait-and-see-news-based-on-what-the-good-news-tells-us’ news. Ready? Here’s the good news: Volkswagen has announced that the Beetle Fender Edition is headed for production. As for the ’lets-wait-and-see-news-based-on-what-the-good-news-tells-us’ news, VW has yet to release how much one model will cost. Take the good with the incomplete, right?

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The Car Show: Season 1 Episode 1

The Car Show came back this week full of entertaining segments and an array of vehicles to satiate our automotive appetites. During this episode, John Salley was able to fall in line with an Indy 500 pit crew to see what it takes to drive one of the racers and Matt Farah and Adam Corolla take a couple of luxury SUVs through the ringer to see which of them is the best for hauling ass and groceries. Matt Farah also gets a chance to take the Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder Performante out for a spin at the Monticello Motor Club, while all of the hosts get to meet the most interesting, and rather odd, Lamborghini owner ever.

Along with the usual mini-segments provided for every episode, this week we also got to take part in The Car Show Repair Shop where viewers call in and ask the hosts about problems they are having with their cars. If you think these people are weird, try listening to some of their problems.

Hit the jump for full details on The Car Show: Season 1 Episode 5.

The new Volkswagen Beetle may look the part of a mild-mannered bug, but don’t let its looks fool you. Underneath that cute profile is an engine powertrain that can be unleashed with the help of the right tuning company. Somebody like the guys from ABT Sportsline , for example.

The German tuning company and the world’s biggest tuner for the Volkswagen Group has never been one to feel the pressure of making high-performance aftermarket Volkswagens. So when they took the task of creating a new tuning program for the New Beetle, it was only a matter of time before we laid our eyes on this masterpiece.

Aerodynamically, the program includes a new body paint scheme, modified bumpers, new side skirts, a new rear muffler with oval exhaust pipes, front headlight brows that makes it look like a souped-up Herbie, and a set of 19" alloy wheels shod in high-performance tires.

While we certainly enjoyed ABT’s aesthetic work on the New Beetle, the crown jewel of this program lies under the hood. The New Beetle’s plethora of engine options gave ABT plenty of work, but in the end, they certainly made the most out of it, specifically the top-of-the-line 2.0-liter TSI Beetle that saw its output jump from 200 horsepower all the way up to 240 horsepower. You read that right, fellas. 240 ponies for the New Beetle! That’s more powerful than the Beetle Black Turbo Launch Edition.

Other engine upgrades for the Beetle include a 1.2-liter TSI that boosted its output from 105 horsepower to 140 horsepower and a 1.4-liter TSI engine with an output jump from 160 horsepower to 201 horsepower. There are also diesel variants that include a 1.6-liter TDI engine whose output went from 105 horsepower to 125 horsepower and a 2.0-liter TDI engine with a bump in output from 140 horsepower to 170 horsepower.

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The words ’diesel’ and ’convertible’ aren’t uttered in the same sentence in the States. The original diesel engines were loud, stinky, and more often than not, resembled a smoke-billowing cigarette. Automakers would have had to be crazy to turn out a diesel convertible during that time. Nowadays, however, clean diesel engines are getting churned out like anti-smoking commercials and a source close to Volkswagen has confirmed that the company is bringing the first diesel convertible to the US in the form of the new Beetle Cabrio TDI.

The 2.0 TDI engine delivers a total of 138 HP and has a fuel economy of 40 mpg fuel economy in the Highway cycle, 29 mpg in City driving, and 33 mpg combined. It will be offered with either a standard 6-speed manual gearbox or an optional 6-speed dual clutch transmission.

The 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Cabrio will feature the same new design line as found in the coupe model . That new design can be seen from the front bumper and front air inlet, the straight lines of the bonnet edges, the precisely drawn line between the A-pillar and C-pillar, and the styling of the rear lights. The car also gets a lower profile, is substantially wider, the front bonnet is longer, and the front windscreen is shifted further back and has a much steeper incline.

Orders for the all new 2012 Volkswagen Beetle are now being accepted on a new online Vehicle Pre-Order (VPO) system, and Volkswagen of America is hoping to get more people to place their orders with a new vehicle to sweeten the pot. The "Black Turbo Launch Edition" is being offered to the first 600 people who place their orders online. Each model will be sold for $24,950 (quite an increase over the base $18,995).

As its name suggests, the Black Turbo Limited Edition will be offered in an exclusive black pearl paint and a new spoiler. This exterior will be combined with 18-inch alloy wheels and large brakes with red calipers. For the interior, the Black Turbo will get Bluetooth, iPod connectivity, three-color ambient lighting, sport cloth seats, and an 8-speaker audio system.

Under the hood, this special edition will feature a turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 200 HP and 207 lb-ft. of torque. It will be mated to a dual-clutch automatic transmission.

If you are interested in the Black Turbo Limited Edition, you can place an order right here.

In the high-octane, torque-twisting world of the drag strip, a paradigm shift is slowly taking shape with the most unlikely of cars leading the way. Unassuming look aside, the “Black Current” Volkswagen Beetle EV by Oliver Young is an electric vehicle that has done some serious damage on the drag strip becoming the first street-bodied EV to post a nine-second, quarter-mile time. That time looks more impressive when you take into account the fact that this little Beetle once destroyed a Tesla Roadster on a drag strip.

While it’s not the fastest quarter-mile time ever posted by an EV – that title belongs to the Current Eliminator, which covered the same distance in seven seconds at 160 mph – the Black Current does hold the record for being the fastest ‘street-bodied’ EV in the world - at least until proven otherwise.

For now, though, Oliver Young can stake claim to this tremendous achievement and on a grander scale, he and his ‘Black Current’ Beetle EV are giving EVs the proper exposure in the world of drag racing, something that was unheard of as late as a decade ago.

More details on the Volkswagen Beetle EV “Black Current” after the jump

Source: NEDRA

There’s a certain sense of artistic symbolism to this commercial that makes it one of our favorite ads that is set to be shown at the Super Bowl later today.

Created by Volkswagen for this special day, the commercial takes us into the life of a wandering beetle in the forest that’s seemingly determined to race past all of the other insects like his life depended on it. It sort of reminds us of that movie ’A Bug’s Life’ except that instead of Flik the Ant, we’re treated to a beetle that always seems to be in a hurry, even demonstrating a few drift maneuvers while racing past other insects in the jungle.

If you’re not the type to get queasy in seeing the mugs of bugs up close, then you’ll definitely enjoy this commercial. Obviously, there’s only one car in Volkswagen’s line-up that can be associated with this ad and we don’t need to remind you what it is.

All you need to do is look at the main character of the commercial and it’s physical characteristics and it becomes as obvious as the name associated with it.

And if you still haven’t figured out that this commercial is for the 2012 Beetle , then the sick ending of the insect fading into the silhouette of the new Beetle is as mind-numbingly obvious as it can get.

Source: Volkswagen

Apparently, even the tall and mighty are not immune to the auto world’s version of the flu: recalls.

Volkswagen , one of the biggest automakers in the world has issued a huge recall involving five of its models that were manufactured during a five-year period from 2006 to 2010. The problem appears to be a small plastic tab on the windshield washer fluid reservoir that could chafe against the car’s fuel supply line. The models affected by this problem include the Volkswagen Jetta , the Jetta Sportwagen , the Golf , and the Rabbit.

Meanwhile, another model – the New Beetle – has it’s own set of problems involving a fastening clamp on its hydraulic hose that could also chafe against the car’s fuel supply line.

These problems, if not treated immediately, could cause a fuel leak and at worst, the cars could also end up catching fire.

All in all, 228,236 models are affected by this problem. For their part, Volkswagen has already begun initiatives for the recall, which is expected to begin no later than January 31, 2011. If you have the Jetta, Golf, and Rabbit, service technicians will remove the plastic tab from the washer fluid reservoir. On the flip side, if you have the Beetle, service technicians will adjust the fastening clamp’s position, steering it clear from the car’s fuel supply line.

Should you have any questions regarding the recall, you can call Volkswagen at the 1-800-822-8987.

Source: NHTSA
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Volkswagen isn’t just going to let Ferdinand Porsche’s immortal beetle get washed down the drain. After such a successful sales run, it would be a shame for the beetle to just drift away into nothingness so Volkswagen has decided to rejuvenate the bug by presenting the funky Volkswagen Ragster Concept.

Sources say the Ragster concept will be exhibited during next year’sDetroit International Motor Show where it will either create a big stir amongst the Beetle lovers or be haphazardly glanced at by passers-by. According to recent reports, Volkswagen says the Ragster isn’t just a remodel of the current Beetle, but a completely re-engineered vehicle complete with an all new chassis, body panels, and interior.

The power for the concept comes from a choice of three engine packages, from a range-topping 2.0-liter to a 211hp four-cylinder, and a 1.2-liter that produces a mighty 110hp. There are also plans for a mix of turbo diesel variants.

We must say, the Volkswagen Ragster Concept does show a bit of promise. They have basically taken the Beetle , added a ragtop, and gave it some attitude. The Ragster even looks the part with the front windshield looking as if the Beetle has furrowed its eyebrows. Nicely done, V-Dub. Definitely a much better option than the next generation Beetle rendered by David Cordoso . Now we’ll just have to wait and see if it can take the place of the classic Beetle.

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