Volkswagen Beetle

Volkswagen Beetle

Just in case you’ve believed the myth that muscle-bound, sports cars are the fastest way to a woman’s, uhm, heart, then you might reconsider everything you’ve believed before.

According to auto industry research firm TrueCar, women have and continue to be gaga over the Volkswagen New Beetle . That’s right, the cute little bug is a tried-and-tested babe magnet.

Another interesting thing TrueCar discovered was that despite outpopulating men by a fairly slim margin - 51% to 49% - in America, 64% of all the registered cars belonged to men while 36% only belonged to women. Despite the skewed figures relative to the population difference, the New Beetle scored fairly well in the eyes of the opposite sex, registered to 56.1% of all the women that were part of the survey.

And just in case you have any one of these other cars, you wouldn’t need to worry about scoring brownie points with the ladies too because they’re also digging these rides: the Nissan Rogue , the Hyundai Tucson , the Volkswagen Eos , and the Volvo S40.

Designing car renderings is already a pretty laborious endeavor in itself, but when the car you’re designing happens to be one of the most iconic of any kind in history, the standards are, shall we say, a little higher.

Independent designer, David Cordoso, knows all of this and yet didn’t shy away from designing a proposal for the next-generation Volkswagen Beetle , which VW is set to release sometime in the near future.

According to Cordoso, his Beetle design is a fully-electric, emissions-free vehicle that is in-line with the latest development plans of Volkswagen. As far as the design itself is concerned, it’s a fresh interpretation of its predecessor and something that we’ve actually taken a liking to. On the other hand, the car’s headlights are a little too small for our taste, which pretty much defeats the purpose of it being called a ’Beetle’.

That’s our two cents. What are yours?

Photo credit: David Cordoso

Source: Carscoop

Nobody saw this coming, or at least those who don’t know the underlying secrets of why this custom electric Volkswagen Beetle laid the smackdown on a Tesla Roadster in a quarter-mile drag race.

While people may question the manhood of the Roadster for losing to a Beetle, it’s worth noting that this Bug, which was the handiwork of brothers Olly and Sam Young, is far from being a typical car. The Beetle actually has two electric motors - 60 Odyssey PC680 12V batteries and a Zilla 2K motor controller - that delivers as much as 1,200 lb.-ft. of torque. With all that power, the Beetle, aka the Black Current III, can clear 0-60 mph in just three seconds while posting a quarter-mile time of 11.24 seconds at 114 mph.

Proving that perception isn’t always reality, this souped-up electric Beetle takes on a Tesla Roadster, which now seems to be woefully incompetent in putting up a fight against the electric Beetle. Watch the video and see how the race unfolds.

Source: HVWC

The second incarnation of the immortal Volkswagen Beetle - they call it the New Beetle, although at this point, there’s really nothing new about it - is set to ride of into the sunset. However, before it makes its final curtain call, VW is accepting final orders for the little bug before it completely ceases production in the near future.

This should pave the way for the highly-toute new version of the Beetle, which Volkswagen has reported to have given a thorough revision with more emphasis placed on the "New" Beetle’s tech specs rather than the overall aesthetics.

In any case, final orders for the current-generation New Beetle are being taken in anticipation of its eventual departure, which would then pave the way for the next-generation Beetle’s release sometime in the early part of next year.

Source: Volkswagen

Volkswagen is currently preparing the next generation Beetle city car. It will be previewed by a concept version in November at the Los Angeles Auto Show with a production version to follow in 2011.

The 2012 Beetle will be built on a new chassis with wider tracks and a longer wheelbase and will feature MacPherson struts suspensions at the front and a torsion beam at the rear. Engine line-up will include a 105bhp 1.2, a 160bhp 1.4 and a 210bhp 2.0 liter. The US market will also get a 170bhp 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine. Diesel line-up will include the new 105bhp 1.6 and a 140bhp 2.0 liter.

In an interview with AutoCar, a Volkswagen insider said: "It is more contoured, with additional structuring and defined feature lines used to help to break up the simple surfacing and unadorned character of the current model. The screen angles are less extreme and the roof structure is less rounded than it is at the moment."

Source: Autocar

Volkswagen Australia has just revealed a new special edition Volkswagen New Beetle, which they’re making available for both coupe and convertible versions and petrol and diesel engine options. Prices for the new Beetle BlackOrange start at $27,500 for the coupe version and at $37,700 for the convertible one. The auto transmission is an optional feature that will cost you $2,500.

The New Beetle BlackOrange is distinguished by 17-inch alloy wheels with sports suspension, leatherette seat upholstery, cruise control, and front fog lights. Meanwhile, the car’s interior will be outfitted with an aluminum finish clutch, brake and accelerator pedals, as well as a leather steering wheel and gearshift knob.

As far as color options are concerned, the New Beetle BlackOrange will be available in two color combinations. One offers a Black gloss exterior with silver exterior mirrors, silver alloy wheels and lower body side decals in silver. The alternative combination is a Red Rock Metallic exterior with black roof and exterior mirrors as well as black alloy wheels and lower body side decals in Black.

The Volkswagen New Beetle entered production in 1998, and like it predecessors it was a very successful model. But Volkswagen is preparing to end the current generation of the iconic models; and to mark this even today at the Los Angeles Auto Show they have revealed the New Beetle Final Edition, for both coupe and convertible models. The company will build 1,500 units each, and prices will start at $20,240 for the coupe and $27,170 for the convertible model.

Volkswagen New Beetle Final Edition

The Final Edition beetle features a special Aquarius Blue paint with a painted black roof on the coupe, and a two-tone Aquarius Blue and Campanella White paint scheme with a white top on the convertible. Both the coupe and the convertible have a full sport suspension and special 17-inch alloy wheels that provide a more fun-to-drive stance, and make getting from point A to point B even more exciting.

Both versions are powered by a 2.5-liter inline five-cylinder gasoline engine rated at 150 hp and 170 lbs.-ft. of torque and mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic.

Press release after the jump.

Volkswagen is offering the new New Beetle Black Orange special editions, available for both hatch and convertible. Customers in Germany can already start ordering this new edition with prices starting from €22,550 (around $33,800 at the current exchange rates).

Volkswagen New Beetle "BlackOrange" Special Edition

This new edition can be ordered in either a black exterior finish contrasting white stripes on the sides or an orange finish with black stripes. There are also 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, called "Sarasota".

On the inerior Volkswagen placed a three-spoke leather steering wheel and sports seats, fabric floor mats and gear lever gaiter with contrasting stitching in Burt marked orange and aluminum pedals.

Standard options include: air conditioning, radio "gamma CD," center armrest and electric windows.

Beetle fans, mark your calendars for 2012!

What’s so important about 2012, you ask? Well, according to Stefan Jacoby, CEO and president of Volkswagen Group of America, that’s the year when the latest incarnation of the transcendent car will be released.
In addition to his bold proclamation that the new Beetle is set to arrive in 2012, Jacoby also promises that it will be more spacious than any other Beetle Volkswagen’s ever released.

Whether that means that the venerable car will come in a bigger package is not far out of the question now, especially when you take into account that the Beetle has always been considered a classic compact car.
For a while now, Volkswagen has made it known of its goal to become the biggest car manufacturer in the world and the impending release of the new Beetle should validate VW’s intentions of global auto domination.

With the new Beetle set to lead the charge, VW is making an extra effort to cater to the comments of Beetle-holics regarding the rather cramped rear seats of the last generation Beetle.

As one of the most iconic cars in the history of the world, it’s hard to think of another vehicle that holds the same passionate following as that of the Beetle. So you can bet that if VW has any plans of overtaking the Toyotas and GMs of the world, they’re ambitions rest on how the public reacts to the new Beetle.

From the looks of things, it seems that VW understands all the concerns and are working tirelessly to create a new Beetle that will carry on the legacy of its predecessors.

Fiat was the first one to launch a special edition 500 to celebrate Barbie’s 50th Birthday. Today is time for Beetle to go pink. The car was transformed by customization artists ABD Racing Werks, Katzkin Leather and Interiors and FoamMolders.

Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Barbie Edition

From top to bottom and interior to exterior, Barbie® doll’s New Beetle convertible has left no detail unfinished. From the white custom leather interior and convertible top to the hand stitched floor mats and pink quilted leather lined door pockets and arm rests, even the dipstick is painted to resemble her favorite lipstick.

Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Barbie Edition

The New Beetle convertible is equipped with a motorized vanity in the trunk and plenty of rhinestone accents and vanity mirrors. Over five shades of paint were mixed together to create the perfect pink color for Barbie doll’s car.

Press release after the jump.

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