The world heard the Beetle name for the first time back in 1938 and with 73 long and impressive years tucked away nicely under their belts, Volkswagen has never really strayed away from their original design. The appeal for the Beetle never really faltered because it was, in fact, a unique design, but Volkswagen has made the decision to reignite the passion for the Beetle with efficient engines and innovative features combined to obtain a ‘modern classic’ in the 2012 Beetle. The vehicle will make its first appearance in China, at the Shanghai Motor Show, and then it will be brought to the 2011 New York Auto Show. Sales on the North American market will begin this autumn, while Europe sales will start in early 2012.
The new Beetle shares its platform with the new Volkswagen Jetta and will be 1,808 mm wide (84 mm wider), 1,486 mm tall (12 mm lower), and 4,278 mm long (152 mm longer). Thanks to the new proportions, the roof is extended further, the front windscreen shifted back, and the rear section follows the contour of the original Beetle.
US customers will have the possibility to choose from three trim levels - "Beetle", "Design," and "Sport" - and three engines - one diesel and two petrol.
UPDATE 05/03/13: VW has just announced a mid-model-year change for the Beetle Turbo, which includes a nice power hike and some exterior updates.
German automaker, Volkswagen, is presenting quite a roster of vehicles at the Shanghai Auto Show. One of them, though, already has a dealership future. It’s also has a name that should catch a lot of peoples’ attention.
This is the Volkswagen iBeetle.
In case you’re wondering why there’s an "i" in front of "Beetle", that’s because the iBeetle comes with a unique feature that no other Volkswagen has ever had. It’s the first VW to carry a newly developed docking station and a special iPhone application.
Honestly, a lot of people were probably expecting a whole lot more for a Beetle with an "i" prefix of sorts. So it’s got a docking station that you can put your iPhone into and take advantage of all its capabilities? Not exactly the kind of iCar we were all thinking Apple collaborate on.
But once you dive into what the iBeetle is fully capable of, you’ll understand why Volkswagen is pretty excited about this model.
Click past the jump to read more about the Volkswagen iBeetle
Back in the 1970s, Volkswagen thought it was a good idea to release a special-edition model of the popular Beetle with the designation "GSR", which stands for "Gelb Schwarzener Renner".
Translated to English, GSR stands for "Yellow Black Racer.” As the name suggested, that Beetle was dressed in yellow and black though, more importantly, it was far sportier and more exclusive than most Beetles of its kind with only 3,500 units built.
Fast forward to today at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show and Volkswagen thought it was a good idea to release the modern-day version of the Beetle GSR. And true to form, they’re calling it, well, the 2014 Beetle GSR.
Suffice to say, this is a pretty big deal, not only for those old enough to remember the original Beetle GSR, but also for the young bloods out there who can be reminded just how popular and sought after this special-edition model was back in the day.
There’s a lot to like about the new Beetle GSR and for our part, we can’t get enough of it.
UPDATE 05/13/13: Volkswagen has officially been given a sticker price. Click past the jump to see how much it’s going to cost you.
Find out more about the 2014 Volkswagen Beetle GSR after the jump
Just like its brethren, the Beetle Convertible Turbo R-Line comes packed with so many exterior and interior upgrades that spruces up the already fresh-looking Beetle. The exterior offers new bi-xenon headlights matched with LEDs to go with an R-Line badge on the front grille that makes sure everyone knows that this Beetle comes loaded with the program. Aluminum-alloy wheels measuring 19-inches and a new sport-tuned suspension was fitted into the car to further improve its driving characteristics.
As for the interior, Volkswagen went to lengths to give the Beetle a sportier look, highlighted by a "metallic-finish" dash and door trim, a flat-bottom R-Line multi-function leather steering wheel, stainless-steel R-Line scuff plates, aluminum sport pedals, and plenty of leather on the seats. Volkswagen also added a number of tech features, including an RNS 315 navigation system, keyless access with push-button start, and the totally awesome and ear-soothing Fender Premium Audio System.
At the end of the day, the R-Line upgrades are enough to spice up the Beetle Convertible Turbo. Some people might think that there’s not enough to warrant the badge, but for us, these add-ons are well worth your time.
Every company has that guy, the overly optimistic dude who never met a day he didn’t dish out hugs, smiles, and the pats on the back. For their Super Bowl ad to promote the new Beetle, Volkswagen is rolling out that guy.
He’s always ready with a reassuring quip to his colleagues in need of one and, if you can brush past the odd Jamaican accent, you’ll actually find him pretty amusing.
At the tail end of the minute-long video, Mr. Optimist can be seen giving his colleague and his boss a joy ride with the Beetle. Apparently, that ride is enough for his downtrodden mates to brighten up and enjoy the day.
The underlying message here is, according to Volkswagen, the Beetle makes people happy. We’re not about to disagree on that assumption because the Beetle has clearly established itself as one of the most iconic models in history.
Notwithstanding the accent, it’s a pretty catchy commercial that’s going to receive a lot of attention during the Super Bowl.
This year’s edition of the Los Angeles Auto Show has witnessed some exciting and electrifying launches by most established brands.
Being one of the most important markets for the automobile industry, most car manufacturers see it fitting to debut their new models, variants and lineups in L.A. Every auto show has its stunners and duds, and some automakers just pull out ridiculous stuff to make us giggle – whether that giggle is intended or not is up for debate.
Sadly, the L.A. Auto Show’s biggest event is already over – the press days on the 28th and 29th of November – so we have pretty much seen everything that there was to see. The show does continue through December 6th, but those are general public days where the people that may actually buy these rigs can come and get a better look at them.
The L.A. Auto Show does, essentially, close the book on the 2012 auto show season, as just a few minor shows remain, but don’t fret; the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) and its headliner – the C7 Corvette – are just around the corner.
To help ease the transition between the ending of the 2012 L.A. Auto Show and the beginning of the NAIAS, we bring you the top-5 cars launched at the soon-to-close L.A. Auto Show.
The new generation Volkswagen Beetle made its debut back in 2011 at the New York Auto Show and the cabrio version will arrive almost two years later at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. Sales on the US market will begin at the end of 2012.
The third generation Beetle Cabrio features a sportier and more dynamic silhouette - just like with the coupe version and is equipped with a traditional soft-top that can be opened and closed just in 10 seconds at the push of a button at speeds up to 30 mph.
When compared to the coupe version, the new Cabrio will be distinguished by strengthened A-pillars and an "Automatic Rollover Support System" that offers better protection in case of a crash.
The US customers will have to choose between three different engines, two petrol and one diesel with power ranging from 140 HP to 240 HP. The three engines can be mated to with either a six-speed manual or DSG automatic.
UPDATE 11/29/12: Volkswagen has released the pricing details for the Beetle Cabriolet and all its trim models. Check out how much they’ll cost after the jump. We have added a series of new images and two new video.
The next-generation Volkswagen Beetle Cabrio made its North American debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, and Volkswagen decided to put next to it a series of three special edition models that each reflect the style of a decade: the 50s, the 60s and the 70s.
The first of the three special models is the "50s Edition" and it comes with a special set of 17-inch Circle Black alloy wheels and chrome door mirrors. It is painted in Monochrome Black combined with a black soft top.
Next there is the "60s Edition." This version is inspired by the style of the 1960s. It comes in either Denim Blue or Candy White combined with a black soft top.
Finally, the most elegant version is the "70s Edition." It comes in either Toffee Brown Metallic or Platinum Grey Metallic exterior color combined with a beige-colored soft top and leather sport seats.
The 2013 Beetle Cabrio, and these special editions, will be put on sale at the end of November 2012.
That didn’t took too long, did it? Volkswagen USA has just announced a voluntary recall for 2012 to 2013 Beetle vehicles, manufactured from February 2012, through August 2012, and equipped with leather sport seats. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), if the right front passenger seat gets wet, the occupant control module may not properly detect the presence of a child restraint installed in the seat.
In this case, during an accident, the airbag will not turn off and the child secured in the child seat may be at an increased risk for serious injury.
As a result, NHTSA advices everyone driving such a model to call their local dealers. Volkswagen will replace the control modules, free of charge, but until this point VW has not provided a notification schedule for the recall. Owners may contact Volkswagen at 1-800-822-8987 or National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153).
Volkswagen has just announced the addition of a new Exclusive lineup for the new Beetle and Beetle Cabriolet models. They will be offered in Exclusive Design and Exclusive Sport packages, and will be priced as follow: Beetle Exclusive Design from €22,650 ($28,900), Beetle Exclusive Sport from €26,550 ($33,800), Beetle Cabriolet Exclusive Design from €26,775 ($34,150), and Beetle Cabriolet Exclusive Sport from €30,500 ($38,900).
The new exclusive lineup will be distinguished by a new set of standard black 18-inch alloy wheels with a polished surface. As an option Volkswagen is also offering 19-inch alloy wheels in "Tornado" design and offered in either white or black.
Most of the changes, however, are in the interior. In here customers will have a choice of three different colored leather seating: Pepper Beige, Amber Brown and Black and a pretty long list of updates. These will include a new three-spoke steering wheel, handbrake lever, center armrest and gear shifter in leather. The package continues with sport front seats, center seat panels and seat lateral supports in Nappa Cool Leather, textile floor mats for the front and rear, and a "Volkswagen Exclusive" logo on the stainless-steel door sills.