Volkswagen Beetle

Volkswagen Beetle

Volkswagen revealed the special edition Beetle Convertible Blush on the US market. The new special edition is value priced at $26,990 and only a limited number will be produced.

The “Blush” edition features a 2.5L engine that produces 150 hp, and 170 lbs.ft. of torque. The “Blush” edition comes with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Blush Edition

It features an exclusive exterior and interior color not offered on the standard version. An elegant metallic White Gold paint on the exterior nicely compliments the rich red leather interior, and red convertible top that gives this limited edition its namesake. The “Blush” edition is the only current New Beetle convertible available with genuine leather seating surfaces. Other unique features include a red boot for when the convertible top is down, and unique17-inch alloy wheels.

Press release after the jump.

Volkswagen has big plans for US: 1 million vehicles sold a year by 2018. Figures that large means VW must sell over four times more then they sell now (GM sells about that many cars in Latin America, Africa and Middle East combined.) So how how will be this possible? VW believes in expanding the product lines, including a possible Beetle truck.

the Beetle-based pickup that might be added to the line-up after the second generation Beetle will be launched on the US market in 2011. Other bug variants include crossover and wagon versions.

Less outrageous ideas include Volkswagen may bring over a new family of small vehicles based on its space up! concepts. Short term, Volkswagen will try to generate excitement this year with the introduction of the Routan, a rebadged Chrysler minivan, and the coupe-like Passat CC. Next year, the redesigned Rabbit (Golf) reaches showrooms.

On the horizon, a compact sedan that will compete with the Honda Civic will be launched in 2012. The redesigned Jetta debuts in 2010, with SportWagen version coming in 2012. A new mid-size sedan, similar in size to the Passat, will go on sale in 2011. A less-expensive successor to the Phaeton luxury sedan could go on sale here as soon as 2011.

Volkswagen is currently developing the next generation Beetle, a car that according to AutoExpress will get more sporty and striking look. The new Beetle needs to be good because it now has more competition from models like Mini and Fiat 500 . Sales will begin in 2010.

The gas engine range of the 2010 Beetle will include: a new 1.4-liter engine (both naturally aspirated-80 hp and turbocharged-120 hp), a 102 hp 1.6-liter engine, 2.0-liters engines (both naturally aspirated-150 hp and turbocharged-200 hp), a 150 hp 1.4 dual-charger TSI, and a diesel TDi engine. All the engines will be mated with a DSG paddle-shift transmission.

Source: AutoExpress
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A little while ago there was a remarkably strange and one-off Beetle, that was pieced together using metal stands, which you can see for yourself here just in case you have missed it. But now I’ve across something even better. This utterly crazy and insane Beetle has one mission: dare present-day supercars’ performance numbers.

Up front, things look normal and casual. But the action and adrenaline come into play as you glance at its back. A 1,450 hp GE T58-8F chopper turboshaft engine staged at the rear.

The really entertaining bit is Ron Patrick, the architect, hasn’t got rid of the Beetle’s factory-fitted engine. He utilizes it to drive in the city. But when there is an open stretch, you understand what he’ll do, won’t you? Totally strange and totally cool. Rejoice by viewing the video.

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We can’t seem to put forward enough of Beetle mods, restorations and peculiar cars based on this epic hatch. So why would somebody do such a thing of acquiring a Corolla and making a VW out of it?

Possibly it could have been a man’s discontentment over the $60,000 expenditure to import the Beetle into his nation. Even so, this Corolla-derived Beetle borrowed from other company’s parts bins to try and make it whole. For instance, the seats are from BMW BMW , the mirrors are from the Honda Civic, and countless interior bits are from unknown places. Merely the badges and lights are loaned from the Beetle making this a project car that has truly gone nowhere.

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.

Source: MotorTrend
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Yet another special for Beetle lovers. You have seen your favorite car taking on different avatars, a wide range of color schemes, shapes, attachments and modifications but I bet on my bottom dollar that you haven’t seen anything like this as such.

This Beetle owner thought about customizing his Beetle in a totally different way. He used the sheet metal of the car as a template and made another body welding strands of metal and the final result is terrific. Black paint should have made it look a lot better.

In terms of performance, the loss of weight should improve handling, braking, acceleration, and top speed, but is all of that of any importance in a theme car? What is even more so a useless bit of info is the enhanced engine cooling gained due to the free air-flow through the grills. I wouldn’t want to be the driver maneuvering through city roads on a rainy day though. Enjoy!

Source: Sense4Fun
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Bugged- Not one, but two Beetles planned by VW

For those who visited the Chicago show back in 2005, the Ragster Concept would have given you some idea on what was being planned, but then VW remained tight-lipped about the developments. News last month suggested the upcoming bug arriving sometime in 2011 will see a version with its top removed and even a small-sized SUV will feature in the list. VW will get there by using the 6th generation Golf platform to make the hatch and it would not be built stateside.

But now, Motor Trend reports that VW is considering anotherBeetle based on the VW Up! . The Up! debuted at the 2007 Frankfurt show and received a lot of positive response, especially from the American audience. So, VW might have decided to make use of it as a base to serve America exclusively with this iconic and hip car.

Bugged- Not one, but two Beetles planned by VW

If the car is going to be based on the Up!, then it makes it a rear-engined, rear wheel-drive layout bringing it ever so close to the original version. The renderings are neat and the car should in all probability look like them.

What does all this mean. Simple-another sub-brand for VW. With the amount of waves the Beetle has created in America, launching these two vehicles under a brand new banner makes a whole lot of sense.

Source: Motor Trend

There are just a couple of weeks left before the big double birthday party: Volkswagen New Beetle fans from all over Europe are going to be celebrating the tenth anniversary of the cult car line; at the same time the New Beetle Sunshine Tour is starting its fifth run in July. Alongside the production models, special paint jobs or completely new body work will all be on display at our grand review drive along the Baltic Sea coastline. The birthday tour starts midday on Saturday, July 19, at the Volkswagen Center in Lübeck. Its goal? A beach party featuring New Beetles on the beach grasslands at Grömitz.

The private initiative of the “New Beetle Sunshine Tour” got started by Beetle Cabriolet driver Gabriele Kraft of Lübeck in 2004. She takes charge of the organization of the party, which comes along each year in July. “What had its origin on a small scale has grown meanwhile into a regular international meeting. This year three New Beetles from Ukraine will be joining us as a first,” she says. More than some 190 cars with participants from all over Europe have registered already, and Gabriele Kraft is pretty optimistic that there won’t be a single spot left on the beachy grasslands at Grömitz. Even Beetle freaks from as far away as Scotland have logged on with us.

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Retro is cool. The Fiat 500 and the BMW Mini were yesteryear’s successful cars and their modern counterparts sell like hot cakes as well. The VW Beetle is amongst the most successful mass-production cars in automotive history and how does VW try and bring back that accolade and relive those times? Naturally by making a spanking new one that goes with the style and trend of the modern world but without losing some of the original flavor.

It has been ten long years since the new beetle arrived and it’s high time something is done about it. The anniversary edition is refreshing, but then, new colors and bumpers in limited numbers won’t help the situation completely.

But now VW has some news. They are working on a range of beetle models which will go live sometime in 2011. The word range insists that VW is trying to adopt the strategy that was used by BMW BMW on the Mini. A beetle station wagon or SUV, as the site claims, will be riveting too see but not without controversy. The question of why a small-scale SUV or a roadster would undoubtedly pop up.

The next-gen Beetle would mechanically be based on the Golf, technically developed in Germany, styled in California and constructed in Mexico. Nothing is known on the powertrain options but one can obviously expect to see hybrid variants or possibly battery powered beetles in the future.

Pictured- VW Ragster concept at the 2005 Chicago Auto show

Source: Retro to go

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