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« on: April 18, 2011, 12:17:47 PM »

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Those lucky Oprah fans who were fortunate enough to be given a 2012 Volkswagen Beetle all those months ago now know what their new set of wheels will look like. Volkswagen has officially yanked back the sheets on the latest take on the 2012 Beetle. Longer and wider than its predecessor, the German automaker says that the vehicle's designers were inspired by the lines of the original Beetle. As a result, there's more than a little Ragster Concept thrown into the mix with a longer roof line and a more aggressively-raked windshield.

The look isn't quite what we expected after seeing spy shots of the car frolicking around in the sun. It would seem VW pulled a fast one on us by fitting the 2012 mule with last-generation taillights at the time, as the new one features larger magnet-like units that give the 2012 model's rump a radically different look.

The production vehicle boasts seating for four, though the back bench can be folded to allow for more cargo room in a pinch. European buyers will have their choice of four engines ranging from an efficient 1.2-liter gasoline mill to a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and a 1.6-liter turbo diesel. At this point, it isn't yet official which exactly which of those will make their way across the Pond, but we're guessing all three, as VW has previously stated that it will bring a TDI to the States – and even offer it in a Cabriolet model.

The 1.6-liter turbo diesel engine delivers around 105 horsepower while returning 65.7 mpg on the EU scale thanks to a start/stop and intelligent battery regeneration system. That equals out to around 54 mpg on the U.S. cycle, though the EPA may have something different to say should the oil burner show up in the States.

On the more entertaining end of the spectrum, Volkswagen is also offering the 2012 Beetle with a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine with around 200 horsepower. Like the Golf GTI, that powerplant will benefit from a transmission with an XDS electronic differential lock as standard equipment.

The new Beetle will debut this week at the Shanghai Motor Show and also at the New York Auto Show.






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« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2011, 12:54:52 PM »

Looks lightyears better than the old one, and the mileage the TDI should get would be very nice.
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« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2011, 01:56:32 PM »

the more slanted rear end makes it look more retro than the throwback fail of recent years... does it still come with a flower vase 
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« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2011, 08:14:24 PM »

You can really see the influence from the original. I like this a ton more than the previous one.
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« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2011, 08:28:54 PM »

Not bad but there's not much more to expect from a Beetle.

How long has it been? Over 10 years for a new design?
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« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2011, 09:08:06 PM »

I would drive it!
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« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2011, 09:42:46 PM »

Not bad but there's not much more to expect from a Beetle.

How long has it been? Over 10 years for a new design?

13 to be exact. But that isn't the point. The Type 1 Beetle was around for 65 years. So don't get onto the old New Beetle for how long it was around.
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« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2011, 10:13:48 PM »

I actually like it alot. I would drive one in that color, or a carbon black color. VW really hit a home run with this one.
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« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2011, 10:23:02 PM »

13 to be exact. But that isn't the point. The Type 1 Beetle was around for 65 years. So don't get onto the old New Beetle for how long it was around.

Actually, I have to give them props for that. To be able to keep a design and sell for that long.
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« Reply #9 on: April 22, 2011, 12:09:48 PM »

I thought they were still making the old one in South America
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« Reply #10 on: April 22, 2011, 03:31:05 PM »

I thought they were still making the old one in South America

Up until 2003.
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