2006 Volkswagen Beetle

2006 Volkswagen Beetle
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Volkswagen Beetle
  • Volkswagen Beetle
  • Year:
    2006-
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Transmission:
    6 speed automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    150@5000
  • Torque @ RPM:
    3750
  • Displacement:
    2501 L
  • 0-60 time:
    8.4 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    127 mph
  • Price:
    17180
  • body style:

The ’new’ New Beetle has just been revealed with subtle but stylish new looks that fashionably updates, yet maintains, the core emotional appeal of the iconic New Beetle design first launched in 1998.

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2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Final Edition

2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Final Edition

One last hurrah for one of the auto industry’s most iconic models

Volkswagen has unveiled the 2019 Beetle Final Edition a day after leaked VIN documents indicated that the German automaker was planning to roll out the special edition model to commemorate the Beetle’s three-generation, 70-year run. The 2019 Beetle Final Edition will be available in SE and SEL trims. It will also be available in coupe and convertible versions. Pricing for the SE and SEL coupe starts at $23,940 and $26,890, respectively, while pricing for the SE and SEL convertible versions starts at $28,190 and $30,890, respectively.

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Volkswagen Inadvertently Confirms The Beetle's Demise

Volkswagen Inadvertently Confirms The Beetle’s Demise

A "Final Edition" version will be offered in the 2019MY

Volkswagen may have inadvertently confirmed the end of the Beetle’s production run after a leaked VIN document revealed that its 2019 model lineup of the Bug will feature a “Final Edition” model. According to the document, Volkswagen will offer the 2019 Beetle in four different trim levels. While that itself isn’t interesting, two of the four trim levels are the Final Edition SE and the Final Edition SEL. The other two trim levels — S and SE — likely represent the lower-range versions of the 2019 Beetle.

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Volkswagen Will Bring The Beetle as an Electric Four-Door

Volkswagen Will Bring The Beetle as an Electric Four-Door

Looks like the Beetle’s going to live on in a different form

The current iteration of the Volkswagen Beetle may not be long for this world, but the “Beetle” nameplate could live on in the form of a four-door, battery-powered electric car. As strange as it sounds, that’s the word coming out of the German automaker. A revolutionary new Beetle is already being considered by VW execs, and it’s not going to come in the shape of the model that we’re used to seeing.

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Cheer Up, Bug Fans! The Volkswagen Beetle Will Be Discontinued but Isn't Going Away Just Yet

Cheer Up, Bug Fans! The Volkswagen Beetle Will Be Discontinued but Isn’t Going Away Just Yet

Current-generation model will stick around for a while

Eyes watered and tears flowed when Volkswagen announced that it wasn’t going to build a next-generation version of the Volkswagen Beetle. But fear not, fans of the beloved Bug. The current-generation model isn’t going away anytime soon. Volkswagen spokeswoman Jeannine Ginivan said as much to USA Today, quelling fears that the iconic model is on borrowed time.

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Volkswagen: The Beetle Will Die and Won't Come Back - T-Roc and I.D. Buzz Will Take its Place

Volkswagen: The Beetle Will Die and Won’t Come Back - T-Roc and I.D. Buzz Will Take its Place

It’s had a good run, but all good runs also have finish lines

One of the world’s most iconic cars is nearing the end of its production for the second time, and once the current-generation wraps up, there are no plans to bring it back. Prepare your eulogies for the Volkswagen Beetle, because we may never see it again. Word of the Beetle’s impending demise comes straight from the mouth of Volkswagen R&D chief Frank Welsch, as good a source as anybody from within the German auto giant.

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Video of the Day: Immerse Yourselves In This 60-Second Time Lapse of a Lego Volkswagen Beetle Build

Video of the Day: Immerse Yourselves In This 60-Second Time Lapse of a Lego Volkswagen Beetle Build

There’s something naturally soothing when you watch this video

Time-lapse videos of LEGOs being built is nothing new. Remember the miniature Ferrari F40 that was built in 60 seconds thanks to the magic of computer editing? Well, we’re bringing you another one of these videos because, quite frankly, they’re enjoyable to watch. The subject of this LEGO build is a Volkswagen Beetle, which, judging by the presence of the surfboard and the water cooler, comes to us by way of LEGO’s Creator line.

The video starts as expected. The build starts from the ground-up with the frame and wheels being put together first. From there, the interior is added piece by piece, including the transmission tunnel, the dashboard and windshield, and the four seats. The doors, roof, and hood follow suit. We even catch a glimpse of the car’s LEGO-version engine and exhaust at the back, as well as the spare tire that’s tucked under the cargo space of the front trunk. The build concludes with the aforementioned surfboard and picnic basket, both of which are stowed in the roof rack.

We’ve seen plenty of time-lapse LEGO builds before, and every one of them were must-watch videos because of how mesmerizing they look when the builds are sped up. It’s no different this time with the Volkswagen Beetle. Kind of makes me want to go out, buy one, and build it myself.

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Volkswagen Beetle to Live On as RWD Electric Car

Volkswagen Beetle to Live On as RWD Electric Car

Could be launched alongside the upcoming electric Microbus

There’s been a lot of talk about Volkswagen looking to drop the Beetle nameplate in the future. While rumors from a couple of years ago quoted slow sales and Volkswagen’s plans to reduce manufacturing costs, newer reports claim that the "Dieselgate" scandal will force the company to axe the Beetle alongside the Scirocco. The brand has yet to confirm any of this, but a more recent report says that the Beetle may have a chance to survive as an all-electric car.

That’s the word from Autocar, which claims that Volkswagen is "actively considering plans for an electric, rear-wheel-drive successor to today’s Beetle" as part of its range of zero-emissions models based on its new MEB platform. More specifically, the new Beetle will be a system model to the company’s upcoming small electric van, which was previewed by the ID Buzz concept at the Detroit Motor Show. The electric Beetle will also be rear-wheel-drive, according to Volkswagen chairman Herbert Diess.

"If we wanted to do a Beetle, electrically it would be much better than today’s model, much closer to history, because it could be rear-wheel drive,” he said, adding that the MEB platform provides the perfect basis for emotional cars like the Beetle and Microbus. Volkswagen is reportedly also considering open-top models such as the Kubelwagen and the Buggy, so we may get a full lineup of electric cars that revive the company’s most iconic vehicles. On the flipside, Diess said that a firm decision on the Beetle’s successor has yet to be made.

Introduced in 1938, the original Beetle was produced in Germany until 1978, but assembly continued in other countries, with the Mexican plant rolling out vehicles until as recent as 2003. The New Beetle was launched in 1997 and redesigned in 2011.

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Click Mechanic Renders 7 Utterly Bizarre Car Mashups

Click Mechanic Renders 7 Utterly Bizarre Car Mashups

Hold on to your butts, things are about to get weird

Halloween may have come and gone, but it’s never too late to explore the weird, the bizarre, and the downright frightening things that go bump in the night. If you’ve got the nerve, then we challenge you to look through these utterly profane vehicle renderings, courtesy of the good folks from Click Mechanic. Truth be told, no one is safe from the following strange creations – hybrids, muscle cars, imports, supercars, trucks, and even tractors get tossed into the blender with these seven unholy car mashups.

Call it madness, call it lunacy, call it outlandish… truth be told, we simply can’t look away! Hell, we’d actually argue that some of these creations are a bit, well, awesome (no, seriously). Either way, this is what happens when you give rendering artists free reign to mix and match from across the automotive spectrum. Naturally, we wanna know – which is these shocking mashups stands out the most to you? Let us know in the comments!

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Volkswagen Debuts Five Enthusiast Builds With Tasty Modification Ideas

Volkswagen Debuts Five Enthusiast Builds With Tasty Modification Ideas

More performance? More capability? More style? VW has you covered

Veedub enthusiasts are everywhere, as evidenced by the vast number of meets, clubs, and events that take place all over the world in celebration of some of the German automaker’s most popular models. One of the latest is happening right now at Hutchinson Island, in Savannah, Georgia. It’s called SoWo: The European Experience and, in addition to bringing out a diverse selection of vehicles from the Old Continent for some show, shine, and racing, Volkswagen is debuting five enthusiast builds in a lineup of show-ready compacts.

The debuts include a Beetle, a Jetta, and three Golfs, each of which arrives bearing a unique style and standout modifications that will surely draw interest from the attendant crowd. Volkswagen has a history of showing up at enthusiast events with factory-fresh modded models, and it’s great to see that tradition continued at SoWo. If you didn’t get a chance to see the cars in person, read on for a brief description of each, and let us know which is your favorite in the comments section!

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10 Rear-Engined Cars That Aren't A Porsche 911

10 Rear-Engined Cars That Aren’t A Porsche 911

A quick look at today’s automotive offerings and you’ll notice that almost all passenger cars are front-engined, while most sports cars come with a mid-engined configuration. The Porsche 911 is the most known exception from this rule, having its engine mounted above the rear axle. The 911 isn’t the only rear-engined car on the market, the Smart ForTwo and ForFour, Renault Twingo, Tesla Model S, and Tata Nano have similar configurations, but all of them are part of the minority. However, it wasn’t always like this.

Decades ago, rear-engined vehicles were significantly more popular. The first notable rear-engined car dates back to 1886, when Karl Benz launched the Patent-Motorwagen. The concept gained more traction in the 1930 and remained somewhat popular until the 1980s. Mostly found in small, affordable cars, the layout allowed for the rest of the vehicle to be used for passengers and luggage. It was also preferred by many carmakers since the drivetrain can installed easily at the factory compared to front-wheel-drive layout where the driven wheels also steer the car.

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Help Us Find The Best Top-Shelf Rust Buckets On The Internet!

Help Us Find The Best Top-Shelf Rust Buckets On The Internet!

Going pinky finger out as we explore the underbelly of the used car market

It should come as no surprise that we here at TopSpeed are more than a little familiar with the over-the-top, superlative-laden language of high-end automotive press releases. Automakers like Bentley, Bugatti, and Rolls-Royce are the worst offenders of this, heaping on the self-praise with phrases like “exquisite,” “hand-crafted,” and “the ultimate.” Which got us thinking – why should six-figure luxury mobiles for the uber-rich be the only rides worthy of such flowery language? What about normal cars, or better yet, really crappy cars? You know, the kind you’d find on the umpteenth page of craigslist? And thus, Top-Shelf Rust Buckets was born.

Here’s our proposal, dear reader – you go out and find the best (worst?) rust bucket you can, then bring it here and post it in the comments section with a link. If we like it, we’ll spin it as a celebration of all things motoring, a four-wheeled tribute to the glory of the automobile.

Confused? Read on for a few choice examples of what we’re on about.

Continue reading for a fine selection of premium rust buckets.

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Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Unveils New Livery, Battle Damage To Follow

Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Unveils New Livery, Battle Damage To Follow

Yes, this bug can most definitely fly

If you like watching 600-horsepower rally cars going wheel to wheel on loose-surface racetracks with huge jumps and lots of contact, then odds are you’re excited for the upcoming 2017 season of the Red Bull Global Rallycross championship. Carrying the momentum after a dominant performance in 2016 is the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team, which just revealed a duo of race-ready Beetles decked out in fresh racing liveries at the Chicago Auto Show. Once again taking the helm will be two-time title winner Tanner Foust, as well as defending champ Scott Speed.

“We’ve been working really hard to improve our cars over the off-season,” said Speed, “and I can’t wait to get to racing so we can defend our title again.” Speed managed to secure an impressive back-to-back championship win last year, and will once again pilot the No. 41 Beetle. No. 41 is covered in green, red, and white, and features prominent branding from sponsors Oberto All Natural Beef Jerky and Circle K, both of which appeared on the car previously, but now enjoy a more permanent spot on the Beetle’s body panels.

Meanwhile, former Top Gear USA co-host and Scott’s current teammate Tanner Foust will once again pilot the No. 34 Beetle, which is draped in long-time sponsor Rockstar Energy Drink’s black and yellow livery. Foust managed a record-breaking 25 consecutive Heat wins last year, as well as a second-place championship finish. This will be his 12th consecutive year with backing from Rockstar.

“It feels like the 2016 season ended a long time ago,” Foust said, “so I’m really eager to get back behind the wheel of this ferocious machine. Last year we had a lot of great results, and I’m confident that with all our hard off-season effort we can be up at the front of the field again in 2017.”

The 2017 season of the Red Bull Global Rallycross championship will feature 12 events taking place at venues across the U.S. Look for the season opener on April 29th in Memphis, Tennessee.

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2016 Volkswagen Beetle LSR

2016 Volkswagen Beetle LSR

With wings, this crazy beetle could have taken flight. Amazing!

How do you make a modern Volkswagen Beetle cool? Well, you start by infusing it with a bubble bursting 600 horsepower, slam it on the ground, throw in lots of racing equipment, and a set of wheels and tires suited for the Salt Flats. Then, after you do all of that, you take it to the Salt Flats and push it harder than any Beetle has ever gone before. How fast it that? Well; fast enough that it would fly if it had wings. Alright, in all seriousness, though. The Beetle you see here just hit 205.122 mph over a flying mile, which just so happens to be the fastest time ever recorded for a Beetle.

It all went down in Wendover, Utah during the 2016 World of Speed event that is hosted by the Utah Salt Flats Racing Association with Contributing Editor for Automobile Magazine, Preston Lerner, at the helm. The Beetle LSR obviously isn’t your average Beetle and was extensively modified, including engine work by none other than THR Manufacturing out of Santa Paula, California.

"Exceeding 200 miles per hour in the Beetle LSR was a serious thrill," said Lerner. "We had enough power to go even faster if the salt hadn’t been so sketchy. But seeing 208 miles per hour briefly on the digital readout was an experience I’ll never forget."

Volkswagen’s Senior Vice President of Product Marketing and Strategy, Dr. Hendrik Muth, was very happy with the LSR’s performance, saying, “We are completely thrilled with the Beetle LSR’s performance at Bonneville. The Beetle is not the most aerodynamic car in our portfolio, so running 205 mph is a testament to the power that can be made from the EA888 TSI four-cylinder engine. This feat truly underscores the sporty and pugnacious spirit of the Beetle.”

And, he’s right – it is quite an achievement for a big bubble on wheels, so we’ve decided to take a closer look at it. Keep reading to learn all about it.

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Own Or Lease A Cheating VW Diesel? This Is How To Get Paid

Own Or Lease A Cheating VW Diesel? This Is How To Get Paid

Volkswagen got caught, now the customers get the money

Last week, it was announced Volkswagen must pony up a whopping $14.7 billion to settle claims stemming from last year’s Dieselgate scandal. The settlement applies to nearly a half million U.S. passenger vehicles equipped with “defeat devices” that enable “cheating” in emissions tests (for an overview of Dieselgate, click here). Included in the settlement are options for vehicle buybacks, lease termination, and equipment modification, plus hefty cash restitution (between $5,100 and $10,000). We’ve put together a comprehensive synopsis of the settlement proposal, including how to get paid if you own or lease an affected car.

The settlement covers 2009 to 2015 model year Volkswagen and Audi vehicles, including: 2013 – 2015 VW Beetle, 2010 – 2015 VW Golf, 2009 – 2015 VW Jetta, 2012 – 2015 VW Passat, 2010 – 2013 Audi A3, and 2015 Audi A3. It’s the largest auto-related class-action settlement in history, affecting roughly 15 percent of all new VW and Audi models sold in the U.S. during the relevant six-year timespan (475,000 of 3,099,678 total units sold, source: Wikipedia).

To make matters worse for VW, the settlement only applies to models equipped with a 2.0-liter diesel engine. The 80,000 or so vehicles equipped with a cheating 3.0-liter engine will be settled separately.

At the moment, the settlement proposal is still pending, with a preliminary approval court hearing scheduled for July 26. However, it looks more than likely the plan will go through, in which case notices will be mailed to inform owners and lessees of the settlement terms.

Read on for a breakdown of who is entitled to compensation, the options on the table, how much money you might get, and how to get it.

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2017 Volkswagen #PinkBeetle

2017 Volkswagen #PinkBeetle

The Pink Beetle Concept from 2015 has become a reality and will be produced as a limited-edition model

Remember when Volkswagen showed off the Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Wave Concept at the 2015 New York Auto Show, along with the Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Denim Concept, the Volkswagen Beetle R-Line Concept, and the Volkswagen Beetle Pink Color Edition? Some of them were just fun concepts, but the Pink Color Edition wasn’t there to snap up attention. Apparently, according to VW, dealers in the U.S. and China get frequent requests a pink Beetle. Well, the Pink Color Edition must have been a big hit because, for the 2017 model year, VW is releasing a limited edition Beetle in pink livery called the #PinkBeetle.

After looking at the images of the #PinkBeetle, and looking back at the 2015 concept, I’m pretty sure there is a joke to be told. Not because it’s Pink, but because VW apparently doesn’t know how to make an exterior shade of pink. See, the concept was more like a Magenta color, and the new #PinkBeetle looks almost red, despite the exterior finish being called “Fresh Fuchsia Metallic.” Of course, don’t tear into VW too bad yet, as there is plenty of real pink on the inside to make you happy.

I’m trying to recall a time when I’ve ever heard anyone say they wanted a pink beetle, and I honestly can’t say I have outside of the one girl who dropped a comment about wanting one on the original concept review a couple of years ago. Regardless, this limited-edition model is slated to go on sale later this fall, so let’s dive on in and see what VW did to make it worthy of being a limited-edition model.

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Volkswagen To Phase Out The Beetle At The End Of 2018

Volkswagen To Phase Out The Beetle At The End Of 2018

The slow-selling Beetle could be axed in a couple of years

Developed in the 1930s, the original Volkswagen Beetle, also known as the Type 1 or the Kafer, was offered to the public in 1938 and remained in production until 2003. The economy car was built in more than 21 million examples in 19 cities from 15 countries, spread over five continents. Pretty impressive achievements for the "people’s car." The Kafer received a successor in 1997, a neo-retro interpretation Volkswagen calls the New Beetle. But, while the modern compact has been somewhat popular with nostalgic enthusiasts and drivers in need of a fancy yet still affordable means of transportation, the New Beetle won’t reach the heights of its predecessor.

According to a report from Autoline, the new Beetle will be discontinued in 2018, after only 20 years on the market.

Volkswagen has yet to confirm the rumor, but the scenario is far from new. In 2015, German publication Der Spiegel reported that the Volkswagen Group is looking to reduce costs and that the Beetle, which sold a little over 100,000 units a year, was, together with the already discontinued Eos, among the nameplates that are no longer sustainable. Autoline’s more recent report says that Volkswagen wants to focus on crossover and SUVs and that the second-gen New Beetle will bid farewell sometime in 2018 with no successor on the table.

Is this a good idea and will Volkswagen save a few bucks by axing the Beetle? Keep reading to find out.

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2016 Volkswagen Beetle Denim

2016 Volkswagen Beetle Denim

It’s difficult to get automotive upholstery just right. Have you ever wished your car’s seats could feel just like your most comfortable pair of jeans? The limited-edition 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Denim, unveiled at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show, aims to do just that, while at the same time bringing back the spirit of the classic Volkswagen Beetle of the 1970s. The limited run of Beetle convertibles features interior and top fabric designed to look like denim, among other unique interior features.

Volkswagen will produce 1,000 Beetle Denims in Pure White and another 1,000 in Stonewashed Blue.

Kind of ridiculous, isn’t it? Yes, but it’s fun, and the Beetle has always been a quirky car that refrains from taking itself too seriously. Cars upholstered with jeans-style fabric aren’t a new concept, either. In 1974 and 1975, Volkswagen produced a special edition “Jeans Bug” for European markets. This car featured unique exterior trim in addition to the denim-inspired upholstery, and surviving examples are highly sought after today. Closer to home for North American Customes, AMC teamed up with Levi’s in the 1970s to produce a number of licensed “denim”-upholstered cars, including a Gremlin subcompact and a Jeep CJ-7. These vehicles followed a similar theme, with denim-type upholstery on the seats and interior panels, distinctive orange piping and even rivets styled like those of Levi’s jeans.

Updated 03/08/2016: Volkswagen announced prices for the 2016 Beetle Denim which is now available for sale. The model is priced from $25,995 plus destination ($820). Only 2,000 units will be built.

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Original Herbie Sells For $86,250 At New York Auction

Original Herbie Sells For $86,250 At New York Auction

One of the most under-appreciated movie cars of all time just sold at an auction this week for $86,250. No, it’s not any one of the iconic movie Mustangs that we’ve drooled over in the past. It’s not even a Transformers car. It’s a Volkswagen Beetle, or to be more specific, it’s Herbie, the Love Bug.

The iconic movie car went under hammer at the Treasures from the Dream Factory auction, held by Bonhams and Turner Classic Movies in New York. The total might not make your eyes pop out ala Herbie, but at the price that it sold, it immediately became the most expensive Volkswagen Beetle ever sold in an auction setting. According to Sports Car Market, the $86,250 paid for Herbie barely edged out a 1955 Beetle Cabrio that sold at Amelia Island in 2014. That model, considered in mint condition, sold for $82,500.

As far as Herbie is concerned, the model that sold in New York is the actual car that was used in the second and third movies of the Disney franchise, hence its unique status of being the actual movie car, and not a replica. It carries the iconic livery, complete with the red, white, and blue racing stripes and the “53” decals on the hood and doors of the car. It even has the original set of gears and pulleys that were put in place to allow a stunt driver to drive the car from the rear seat, making it look like the car was autonomously being driven.

The identity of the winning bidder wasn’t disclosed, but rest assured, whoever walked out of the auction as the new owner of Herbie had himself a pretty early holiday treat.

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2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune

2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune

To look at the original Beetle in stock form, it probably doesn’t strike you as much of an off-road vehicle. But there was a time when the Beetle was a popular choice for off-road duty. It was cheap, light and easy to work on. Beetles were raised, fitted with off-road tires, and had their bodywork removed, cut or often replaced with fiberglass pieces that allowed for extra lights. These “Baja Bugs,” as they would come to be called, would become so popular that the Baja 1000 race would include a whole class just for the modified Beetles.

Newer Beetles, defined as any with the engine in the front, don’t take to off-road duty quite as readily as their predecessors, but Volkswagen will still be paying tribute to the old Baja Bugs with a new special edition for 2016, called the Beetle Dune. The car is a production version of the 2014 Dune Concept that was shown in Detroit, and that was itself an update of a concept from all the way back in 2000 based on the New Beetle. The special edition isn’t an actual off-roader itself, but it doesn’t look as though VW is trying to trick anyone into thinking it is.

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1956 Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle

1956 Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle

There’s plenty of debate whether the 1908 Ford Model T or the Volkswagen Beetle had a bigger impact on the development of the automobile as a cultural icon. Both of these Everyman vehicles were produced in phenomenally high numbers and helped to shape the future of cars. The Model T left its mark with a low cost and incredible versatility, as well as a simple design that lasted for decades. The Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle stuck around even longer, in an era marked by constant changes in technology. So what set it apart?

The little car that would go on to sell over 21 million units was first imagined in 1933. In a twist of fate that surprises some people, the car was commissioned by Adolf Hitler, and designed by Ferdinand Porsche (who may have cribbed much of it from a Czechoslovakian Tatra). The car was intended to be a durable, easily-produced vehicle for the masses, and Hitler dubbed it the KdF-Wagen. The acronym stood for "Kraft durch Freude," which translates to "Strength through Joy." And then World War II happened.

Understandably, the KdF-Wagen didn’t get off the ground. After the war, however, the factory was in British hands, and they fired it up to provide transportation for British soldiers on German soil. Renamed the Volkswagen Type 1, the car joined the ranks of simple, affordable cars like the Citroen 2CV and 1957-1975 Fiat 500 as the nations of Europe got back on wheels. The first Type 1 quickly picked up the nickname "Beetle," and was first imported to the United States in 1949, but it took a few years to catch on. Only 159 were sold in 1949 and 1950. Things took off in the late 1950s, and at its height the Type 1 was selling over a million units a year.

Continue reading for my full review of this original Beetle.

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2015 Volkswagen Beetle GRC

2015 Volkswagen Beetle GRC

After finishing second in the manufacturers championship, the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross crew is gearing up for 2015 with two updated Beetles that boast more-powerful 2.0-liter engines, a 0-to-60 time of two seconds flat, and the potential to take the fight to the current reigning champs from Ford. Based on the third-generation Beetle, these cars debuted in the final races of 2014, and are slated to run a full season this year.

Behind the wheel will be Scott Speed, who saw victory three times last year, earning him an overall third place finish in the championship. Beyond rallycross, Speed has experience in Formula 1 (2006 and 2007) and NASCAR (2008 and 2013). Joining him will be Tanner Foust, who managed to clinch the championship title in 2011 and 2012, with a runner-up finish in 2013.

“We are very much looking forward to the start of the GRC season with the Beetle,” said Jost Capito, Volkswagen Motorsport Director, in a press release. “The 2015 Beetle GRC has been further developed, based on all our experience we gained with the brand new Beetle last year. We are looking forward to a serious title challenge with Scott Speed and Tanner Foust in 2015 and we are sure that the Beetles will be real fan favorites again.”

The updates are all positive, and both drivers have huge experience, bringing the talent to wring every last bit of performance from these highly capable machines. But will it be enough to topple Ford?

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Volkswagen Beetle Dune Concept Will Make It To Production In 2016

Volkswagen Beetle Dune Concept Will Make It To Production In 2016

Volkswagen is promising to build a production version of the 2014 Volkswagen Beetle Dune Concept, but it’s clear that the automaker isn’t ready to make a big fuss about the off-roading Beetle just yet. The official announcement was made last summer in a short video where production of the coupe and convertible were briefly mentioned, and now the high-riding Beetle has seemingly been confirmed for the U.S. market in an equally unassuming manner.

Squeezed in almost as a footnote in the official announcement debuting four Beetle concept vehicles at the New York Auto Show last week, Volkswagen’s press release said that the Dune will “arrive in dealer showrooms in early 2016.” Considering that the concept was originally unveiled at last year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit, this really doesn’t come as that big of a surprise.

As a refresher, the Beetle Dune Concept was taller and wider than a standard Beetle, and it used the same powertrain as the turbocharged Beetle R-Line. The problem here is that the Beetle is front-wheel drive, and it would be a huge missed opportunity if VW builds the Dune as the same.

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2015 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Wave Concept

2015 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Wave Concept

Amidst rumors that it may axe the Beetle as part of its plan to reduce manufacturing costs, Volkswagen brought a quartet of concept cars to the 2015 New York Auto Show, one of which was the Convertible Wave. Described as a vehicle "designed to enjoy the summer, whether in the Hamptons or in Santa Monica," the Wave Concept is as production ready as they get, sporting special color, a couple of bespoke exterior features and an interior inspired by surfing.

The Germans didn’t say whether the Beetle Wave will become a production car or remain just a study, but they did point out that "vehicles like the Beetle Dune that was shown at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in 2014 demonstrate how Volkswagen can create production models from such concepts very rapidly." Could the Wave Concept spawn a limited-edition Beetle? Guess we’ll just have to wait to find out.

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2015 Volkswagen Beetle Pink Color Edition

2015 Volkswagen Beetle Pink Color Edition

Although I’m terrible at guessing colors, I’m pretty sure that the Volkswagen Beetle Pink Color Edition concept looks more magenta or mauve than pink, but maybe that’s just me. Either way, the near-production concept car was unveiled at the 2015 New York Auto Show out of necessity, according to Volkswagen. While the second-generation New Beetle has been styled to appeal to a more masculine audience compared to the first one, Volkswagen says that its U.S. and Chinese dealers frequently get requests for a pink Beetle.

In other words, the Beetle Pink Color Edition is not necessarily an attention-seeking car, but simply an answer to the high demand that such a model benefits from. Volkswagen says that if the feedback from the show is positive, the model will get built as a limited series, perhaps as both coupe and convertible.

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2015 Volkswagen Beetle R-Line Concept

2015 Volkswagen Beetle R-Line Concept

Volkswagen brought a quartet of Beetle concepts to the New York Auto Show, but the one that deserves the most attention is the Beetle R-Line Concept. Showing off a flashier and more aggressive exterior design, the R-Line Concept could hint at a sportier body kit for the current Beetle’s turbocharged R-Line model. As we’ve already seen in the current Beetle’s life span, this car continues to be a blank canvas for special edition models.

With the Volkswagen Beetle design going on four years now, though, there is also a chance that this concept hints a potential next-gen version of the Beetle R-Line. This trim level was introduced for the 2014 model year as a replacement for the Beetle Turbo, and it is currently the sportiest version of the iconic hatchback. The 2015 Volkswagen Beetle R-Line Concept takes this a step further by tweaking the R-Line’s styling and performance.

Updated 09/22/2015: We’ve added a series of new photos we took at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Find them in the "Pictures" tab.

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2015 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Denim Concept

2015 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Denim Concept

Have you ever wanted to drive in a Beetle-shaped pair of blue jeans? Well, VW may just give you that opportunity after unveiling the 2015 Beetle Convertible Denim Concept at the New York International Auto Show. In what could have been one of the better April Fools Day pranks, VW modeled the exterior, interior, and even the convertible top of this Beetle to have various blue-jean-like features, including a 1980s favorite, stonewashed jeans.

You may be surprised to learn that the Jeans edition is sort of a tradition in the Beetle lineup. Back in 1974, during the rise ofin popularity of denim jeans, VW released the Jeans Bug, which had black “Jeans” logos on the doors and hood, Lemmerz GT wheels, and denim-style fabric on the seats with orange stitching (you know, the same hideous color stitching on dark-blue jeans).

Despite how odd this blue-jeans-inspired concept is, it certainly wasn’t the oddest of the slew of Beetle concepts this year. Vee-dub went all out this year, and we all need to tip our caps to the automaker for stepping outside the box with these models, despite how pointless they may seem.

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Volkswagen Could Axe The Beetle

Volkswagen Could Axe The Beetle

Producing more models on modular platforms and joining (or creating) niches has always been part of a manufacturer’s strategy to increase sales and dominate the market. But cost-cutting measures are also part of the game, and, unfortunately, it often means that models that aren’t doing well sales-wise have to go. This is exactly what’s happening now at Volkswagen, the world’s second-largest automaker, which plans to reduce costs by five billion euros ($5.3 billion as of 03/11/2015) while aiming to best Toyota as the world’s top-selling carmaker. As reported in February, the Eos is the first model to get the axe, but word has it the Beetle is also on VW’s blacklist.

According to German publication Der Spiegel, the modern Beetle won’t live to see a third generation. With sales barely exceeding 100,000 units a year and with the Volkswagen Group looking to reduce its costs, the Beetle is no longer sustainable. With the elimination of the Eos estimated to save VW 200 million euros ($212 million), axing the Beetle will likely increase the savings to more than half a million euros ($529 million). There’s no word when production of the Beetle might end, but given the current generation is only three years old, I expect it to hang around for at least a couple more years. Additionally, it seems the Germans are also planning to ditch the three-door version of the Polo, with the compact hatch to remain a five-door model exclusively.

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2015 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible 1.8T - Driven

2015 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible 1.8T - Driven

There is perhaps no other vehicle in the automotive history that is more steeply drenched in history, pop culture, and longevity than the Volkswagen Beetle. Commissioned in 1934 by Adolf Hitler himself, designed and built by Porsche with assembly starting in 1938, and sold continually in its (mostly) original design until 2003. It holds records for the longest running and most manufactured automotive nameplate of a single design. The car’s iconic design included a rear-mounted, air-cooled engine that powered the rear wheels. Several engine sizes were used throughout the years, though the basic flat-four design remained. Despite the original Beetle’s continuation into the 21st century, Volkswagen released a new take on the classic design. In 1997, VW released the “New Beetle,” a retro styled compact car that evoked the past while still adopting current technology. A front-mounted engine powered the front wheels while the trunk moved to the rear. The New Beetle lasted until 2008 when it was put on hiatus. The car arguably suffered form an acute lack of testosterone, leaving the Bug to be very gender-specific with buyers. The optional dash-mounted flower vase, for example, didn’t help the car’s appeal toward the male audience. The Beetle returned for 2012 sporting an updated design, VW’s swanky new interior styling, a host of engine options, and without the “New” nomenclature. Thankfully the overall design took on a more gender-neutral appeal, though the car still fights the girly stereotype.

I recently spent a week with a 2015 Beetle Convertible complete with the new-for-2014 turbocharged, 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine. Without spoiling the suspense, I did walk away with a new appreciation for the car and a stronger respect for its historical significance.

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2015 Volkswagen Beetle Classic

2015 Volkswagen Beetle Classic

The Volkswagen Beetle holds a special place in the auto industry as one of the most recognizable cars in the world. The Beetle has evolved over the years and it’s even adopted a new design language that’s fit to the times. All of that is good but you’d be surprised that a lot of people still yearn for the Beetle of yesteryear. Well, Volkswagen heard your calls loud and clear because it’s unveiling a limited-edition Beetle Classic model that not only comes with plenty of retro touches, but also has a retro price tag! No, you can’t buy one for $500, which I assume the Beetle cost at one point in time, but you can get a Beetle Classic model for a price lower than the standard 1.8T automatic model.

The Beetle Classic will come in both coupe and convertible models. The Beetle Coupe Classic will go on sale in September 2014 with a price of just $20,195. The Beetle Convertible Classic isn’t expected to go on sale until the early part of 2015, but VW did say that it’s going to start at a price of $25,995.

Both models will also carry a 1.8-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine that produces 170 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. That’s good enough to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in a speck under nine seconds to go with a top speed of about 115 mph.

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2014 Volkswagen Beetle Premium Package

2014 Volkswagen Beetle Premium Package

When Volkswagen debuted the new Beetle with its retro-inspired design and strong, muscular stance, the world perked up and took notice. Now that the car has a two years under its belt, Volkswagen is looking to spruce it up with a new option for the 2014 model year. Dubbed the Premium Package, it adds a host of new equipment that was previously only offered on the R-Line trim and it even brings a few all-new items to the mix.

The new option package is available on both Coupe and Convertible models and is offered for cars with either the 1.8-liter turbo or 2.0-liter TDI engines. Some of the more noticeable changes include new wheels and bumpers, but a close eye will notice some lighting changes as well. The interior gets the most love with a new audio head unit, special seat covers and more.

As a top-of-the-line trim level, it isn’t exactly cheap though. The cheapest Premium Package Beetle you can get is the Coupe with the 1.8T, and it runs $27,355.

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Volkswagen Beetle Dune Will Make It To Production

Volkswagen Beetle Dune Will Make It To Production

Back in the day, the Volkswagen Beetle was known as the "people’s car". It was cheap, simple to maintain, and cute as a bug. That perception changed a lot with the New Beetle, which comes with its engine mounted at the front and a more sophisticated appeal. Of course, the current Beetle has yet to ditch its feminine image, but that could change if a recent rumor about Volkswagen’s plans to put the 2014 Dune Concept in production proves to be accurate.

That’s right, folks, the muscular Beetle Dune Concept could become available at a dealership near you, and it might happen in early 2016. According to CAR, the Volkswagen board already approved the Beetle Dune at a meeting in May 2014, with the crossover-like vehicle to be launched as both a hatchback and a convertible. The news was confirmed by head of Beetle marketing Matthias Zauner, who also said the Dune will become an integral part of the future Beetle lineup and not just a special-edition model.

So what’s VW aiming to achieve with the Beetle Dune?

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2014 Volkswagen Beetle GRC

2014 Volkswagen Beetle GRC

The Volkswagen New Beetle made its debut in 1998, following a long drought in America. Being based on the Golf, the New Beetle shared nearly nothing but its basic shape to the Beetle from the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s. In 2012, the Beetle obviously hit manhood, as VW dropped the "New" prefix and renamed it just "Beetle." This new, more masculine Beetle has slightly harder lined and a lower-slung roofline. Despite getting a little scruff on its face, few expected the newest Beetle to makes its way to race tracks, but that is exactly what is happening in 2014 with the Beetle GRC.

The well-known Tanner Foust and his colleague driver Scott Speed of the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross started the 2014 season off in two modified Polo rally cars, but that all changes mid-season when they switch to the new GRC Volkswagen Beetle. The menacing little bug pushes some 500-plus horsepower to all four wheels via its turbocharged, direct-injected TSI engine.

Updated 09/18/2014: Volkswagen unveiled a new trailer video for the new Beetle GRC and also announced that the car will be racing at the Port of Los Angeles this weekend. Enjoy!

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2014 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet By ABT Sportsline

2014 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet By ABT Sportsline

By most accounts, the A5 Volkswagen Beetle is a very good car. It retains the iconic Beetle look of previous generations, but visually, it’s been updated, tweaked, nipped, and tucked to give it a more modern, even somewhat masculine, appearance. Under the skin, it’s built on a very capable platform that’s shared with the Jetta and the Golf. It might not be your cup of tea, and especially in its convertible form, it may be hard to get past the cultural stigma that the Beetle is a car for teenage girls, but if anyone can break the Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet of its feminine image, it’s ABT.

ABT Sportsline, the mostly-Audi and Volkswagen tuner out of Germany, now offers its complete package for the Beetle Cabriolet. If you want a more aggressive look, the company can give you that. If you want an upgraded suspension, it can give you that. Best of all though, if you want more power from they engine, the tuner can give you that too. Put it all together, and you might even have a drop-top GTI-killer.

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2014 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet Karmann Special Edition

2014 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet Karmann Special Edition

Karmann has built more than three million vehicle for various automakers in its century-long history, but the Germans are mostly known for their cooperation with Volkswagen, for whom they assembled more than one million units of Beetle, Golf, Scirocco and Ghia models.

Although the partnership came to an end in the early 1990s and Karmann went bankrupt in 2009, Volkswagen is still paying tribute to its life-long partner by releasing limited-edition models of their compact vehicles. Last year, for instance, the Germans placed a Karmann badge and a few unique amenities on the Golf Cabriolet. In a similar fashion, they are now rolling out the Beetle Cabriolet Karmann, a special edition bug that celebrates the classic vehicles built by the Osnabruck company between 1949 and 1980.

Highlighted by a number of unique exterior features and near-luxury interior attributes, the Beetle Cabriolet Karmann is based on the "Design" equipment line, which includes a wind deflector and the Park Pilot parking distance monitor and can be ordered in any engine and transmission configurations. Engine options thus include anything from the 2.5-liter to the turbo 2.0-liter units, as well as the more frugal TDI Clean Diesel oil burner, while transmission offerings consists of a six-speed manual and a six-speed dual-clutch.

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2014 Miss Tuning Calendar

2014 Miss Tuning Calendar

We know its been a while since we last brought you something "nice" to look at, so today we decided it’s time to bring you a rather "nice" tuning calendar. Of course there are some cars in there too, but the stars of the pictures are these rather cute bikini girls.

In case you’re interested in knowing what cars are costarring with the bikini-clad women, they are a Volkswagen Beetle, BMW M3 and a Jeep Wrangler.

Nearly all of the images were taken in Budapest, Germany and Croatia, and the girl you’ll see in most of the pictures is Leonie Hagmeyer-Reyinger — a woman that posed as Miss Tuning plenty of times.

We hope you liked our little surprise to kick off your Friday morning, and these picture will help keep you upbeat in these cold temperatures spanning the majority of the country.

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2014 Volkswagen New Beetle Dune Concept

2014 Volkswagen New Beetle Dune Concept

Volkswagen unveiled its first Dune Concept back in 2000 and now the company decided to roll out another version of it based on the 2014 Beetle. This new version made its world debut today at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show and comes with a very cool news: unlike the 2000 concept, this new Dune Concept actually has a chance to hit the production line, and we could see it as early as 2015.

When compared to the base Beetle, the Dune Concept features an increased ride height, a crossover-style look and oversized alloy wheels, which will all play important roles in making the Beetle sand dune ready.

The concept features a very cool combination or "Arizona" orange and black on both the exterior and the interior, comes with a wider body and wheels equipped to take any kind of roads out there.

Updated 01/13/2014: Volkswagen unveiled the new Beelte Concept at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show and we’ve updated the review with the official details, images and specs.

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2014 Volkswagen Beetle TDI by MR Car Design

2014 Volkswagen Beetle TDI by MR Car Design

The Volkswagen Beetle — especially the original one — is a very appreciated model among tuners and enthusiasts alike. It has an infinite tuning capacity, so you rarely ever see two like-tuned Beetles roaming the streets.

MR Car Design announced today a new tuning kit based on the newest-generation Volkswagen Beetle that improves both the look and the performance figures of the little "Bug." The kit includes software optimization, car body ennobling, an exhaust system, a set of wheels and a set of upgraded brakes.

MR Car Design spent the majority of its time under the Beetle’s hood where it updated the 2.0-liter, TDI engine with a new software that increased the total output up to 210 horsepower and 309 pound-feet of torque — a healthy bump from the standard 140 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. The kit also includes a new exhaust system, a new G-Ride air suspension and coilovers.

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2015 Volkswagen Beetle R

2015 Volkswagen Beetle R

At the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, Volkswagen unveiled the Beetle R concept as the preview to a sportier and more powerful version of the Beetle. Now, two years later, the VW finally started testing the Beetle R, and our spy photographers managed to catch a mule testing on German roads.

The new Beetle R will likely be powered by the same 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-banger found in the 2014 Golf R, putting its output at about 300 horsepower. The engine will be mated to a four-wheel-drive system for maximum launch traction. With this engine and drivetrain in tow, we estimate a 5.5-second run to 60 mph for the Beetle R

The mule caught testing today wears just the optional R-Line package, but we expect the production version to look a little more aggressive when it hits the market in late 2014.

The Beetle R will also inherit the 18-inch wheels and large disc brakes from the Golf R. There will also be a new exhaust system with dual chrome tailpipes.

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2011 - 2014 Volkswagen Beetle by ABT Sportsline

2011 - 2014 Volkswagen Beetle by ABT Sportsline

The latest VW Beetle upgrades from ABT Sportsline add some real machismo to the styling, performance and handling of this lovable coupe and ragtop. Typically sold on a individual basis, the full ABT kit is also available to turn a stock Beetle into something much more sinister.

The beauty of these ABT upgrades, despite the Euro-market’s sometimes trashy appetite for car modifying products, is that they can generally be applied across any of the engines or trims from the 2011 to present Volkswagen Beetle coupe and cabriolet. This full-line strategy is smart for ABT, and with only a few pieces that are model-year or trim-specific, providing other options to fit a diesel engine or GSR. These guys know Beetles inside and out, so they are a good resource for personalizing your love bug.

Driving a fast Beetle might sound like a joke to serious GTI fans, but there is a special joy in this shape that’s still present after all these years. Additionally, a higher seating position amplifies all the senses, with the G-force feeling even more enjoyable and hilarious inside.

When you pass someone in a fast Beetle, they will be: confused, impressed, and then confused again. That is part of the fun, and ABT certainly gets it.

Click past the jump for all the details on ABT Sportsline’s upgrades to the 2011-present Volkswagen Beetle and Beetle Cabriolet.

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2014 Volkswagen Beetle GSR

2014 Volkswagen Beetle GSR

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 07/17/13: Volkswagen has officially been given a sticker price. Click past the jump to see how much it’s going to cost you.

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2012 - 2013 Volkswagen Beetle

2012 - 2013 Volkswagen Beetle

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.

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2013 Volkswagen iBeetle

2013 Volkswagen iBeetle

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.

Oh, ok.

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.

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2014 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo R-Line Convertible

2014 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo R-Line Convertible

The Volkswagen Beetle GSR will undoubtedly garner most of the attention at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, but nobody should sleep on another Chicago-bound Beetle.

This is the Volkswagen Beetle Turbo Convertible R-Line, the latest member of Volkswagen’s R-Line family.

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.

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Video: Volkswagen's "Get In. Get Happy" Campaign Continues With the Beetle

Video: Volkswagen’s "Get In. Get Happy" Campaign Continues With the Beetle

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.

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Top 5 Launches at the Los Angeles Auto Show

Top 5 Launches at the Los Angeles Auto Show

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.

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2013 Volkswagen Beetle Cabrio

2013 Volkswagen Beetle Cabrio

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.

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2013 Volkswagen Beetle Cabrio 50s, 60s and 70s Editions

2013 Volkswagen Beetle Cabrio 50s, 60s and 70s Editions

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.

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2012 to 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Recalled for Airbag Fault

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).

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2013 Volkswagen Beetle and Beetle Cabriolet "Exclusive"

2013 Volkswagen Beetle and Beetle Cabriolet "Exclusive"

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.

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2013 Volkswagen Beetle Remix

2013 Volkswagen Beetle Remix

Volkswagen has unveiled yet another special edition vehicle, which it has dubbed the Beetle Remix. This model adds a color-coordinated interior, extended standard features, and some flashy rims. Its price will start from €20,250 ($26,300 at the current exchange rates) and customers will have the possibility to choose between four different engines. There are two gasoline powerplants available, including a 1.2-liter with 105 horsepower and a 1.4-liter with 160 horsepower. The two optional diesel engines, a 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter, produce 105 and 140 horsepower, respectively.

The Beetle Remix will feature high-gloss black or "Reflex Silver" paint on the side-view mirror caps and the exterior side stripes, which run along the base of the car and feature the words "Beetle" or "Bug," and will feature the same color. The dash pad, door panels, and the three-spoke steering wheel are all painted to match the exterior color, giving the interior a custom look.

As standard equipment, the model will offer a leather-wrapped steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake grip, cruise control, VW’s Park Pilot system, air conditioning, center armrest, and multimedia interface MEDIA-IN for the RCD 310 radio. The car will sit on a set of 17-inch Turbine alloy wheels.

The Beetle Remix is currently available in Germany and shows no signs of coming to the U.S.

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2012 SEMA Auto Show: Volkswagen Beetle

The Volkswagen Beetle has always been a favorite choice for tuners from all around the world, a place it shares with cars like the Mustang and the Nissan Skyline. For people who weren’t fans of the cutesy, curvaceous ’97 Beetle, there were tuners to the rescue. Replacing the modest 1.8L engine with bigger, more powerful engines, more aggressive body parts, and custom paint jobs, these tuners were able to bring the best out of the Beetle that could impress any type of audience, unlike the stock example. In brief, the VW Beetle and the performance aftermarket are good acquaintances.

So, it’s no surprise that we witnessed a swarm of tuned Bugs attacking the 2012 SEMA Auto Show. From radical creations like the chopped-top custom bug to the 500-hp all-wheel-drive ’Super Beetle,’ these tuned bugs are ready to swarm the SEMA floor with pure awesomeness.

Click past to check out few examples that VW is showing-off at this year’s SEMA Auto Show.

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2013 Volkswagen Beetle “Chopped Top” by Galpin Auto Sports

2013 Volkswagen Beetle “Chopped Top” by Galpin Auto Sports

Wow, VW hit SEMA really hard this year, especially with the Beetle. Pretty much every model of Beetle that was heading to SEMA – Rotiform Beetle, Beach-Battle Cruiser Beetle, and the Super Beetle – were all readily available with images, but the Chopped Beetle by Gaplin Auto Sports was not, for some reason.

Well, GAS has just released an image of this chop-top Beetle and some extra information. It is based on the 2013 VW Beetle Turbo, which means it features a 200-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and a 6-speed transmission. There’s no mention of any additions to the engine, so we assume that it remains bone stock.

On the outside, GAS doused it with an Onyx Black base coat and accented the sides with Candy Apple Red metal-flake paint, giving it an awesome look. GAS then took to the top of the Beetle, hacking 5.5 inches off of the A-pillar and 2.5 inches off of the B-pillar, giving it that classic chop-top look, while retaining the classic humped roofline.

Adding to its bespoke look, GAS deleted the rear windows and added in rear air scoops in their place. If you have seen rodded beetles that retain their rear-mounted engines, this is a very common modification to get a little more airflow to the engine. Given this is a front-mounted engine, it’s just there for show.

Adding to its style is a set of 20-inch, 3-piece Forgiattos handmade rims. GAS them topped off the outside by adding tint to the headlights and taillights, giving this already sinister- and vintage-looking Beetle a little more darkness.

On the inside, the vintage treatment continued, as GAS tossed in vintage-style black leather that features red accent stitching. The headliner is dyed to match the vintage cow hide on the rest of the interior. Wrapping the inside and outside together, GAS painted the interior trim panels and dashboard with the same Candy Apple Red metal flake that sets off the exterior. We are still awaiting images of the interior and we will get them to you ASAP.

Overall, we think this was well worth the delay in getting the images, we just wish it had a little something extra under the hood.

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2013 Volkswagen Beetle Beach Battle-Cruiser by European Car Magazine

2013 Volkswagen Beetle Beach Battle-Cruiser by European Car Magazine

A multitude of Volkswagen Beetles will be on hand at the 2012 SEMA Auto Show to show off a variety of custom programs for the iconic vehicle.

One of these models is called the Beetle "Beach Battle-Cruiser" by European Car Magazine. The surf-inspired Beetle has everything you need to make your day at the beach run as smoothly as possible. It comes with all the amenities for weekend runs in the sand, including a roof rack where you can place surfboards and other beach paraphernalia.

The California-looking Bug also gets a slew of exterior updates, including a unique body kit by FMS Automotive that has a deployable shower system. You read that right: this Beetle has its own shower. Moving into more salient upgrades, the Beetle Beach Battle-Cruiser also received a new set of 19" CustomFuchs Performance wheels wrapped in Continental Extreme Contact DW tires and a revamped interior with Katzkin leather seats featuring a midnight black color with matching military green suede inserts.

The Beetle Beach Battle-Cruiser also comes with a performance upgrade, which isn’t all that surprising considering the nature of the event it’s going to. Revo Technik took the lead in this front, adding its own turbocharger into the Beetle’s 2.5-liter, five-cylinder engine. With the turbocharger, as well as the addition of a new intake and exhaust system, as well as the cursory software upgrade, the Beetle Beach Battle-Cruiser is now capable of producing a mouth-watering 400 horsepower.

400 ponies on a Beetle? Sign us up!

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