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Spy Shots: 2012 Volkswagen New Beetle

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Volkswagen’s New Beetle has been on the market now for more than ten years and has enjoyed relatively strong sales despite the lack of significant upgrades during its life. More than one million New Beetles have been built at Volkswagen’s Puebla plant in Mexico and it looks like developers have even more ambitious plans for the next-gen model, which is expected to arrive sometime in 2011 for the 2012 model year.

Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn has previously confirmed that a successor is being developed and would likely be manufactured once again in Mexico, although he hasn’t ruled out the possibility of it being built elsewhere.

As for the car itself, sharper handling and styling are the main improvements. To help the New Beetle reach this goal, the second-gen car, seen here in these latest spy shots almost disguised, has a sportier and much more retro look.

The new car is also tipped to get a heavily revised and improved interior to help it compete on storage space and quality. This hard-top version will hit the market first, followed by a cloth-top convertible about a year after.

The suspension and chassis will be revised, with a wider track and longer wheelbase offering more stability at speed. A multi-link rear-end for the top-range New Beetle will also be offered to replace the generally ill-handling torsion beam standard to the rest of the range. MacPherson-type struts are still expected to be the norm up front.

Look out for a possible debut at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show this November.
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  1. That's a more masculine/neutral car design, if VW uses a 2.5T or 3.0V6 with a 6 speed I think they'll succeed in bringing back more of a male demographic.
     
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  2. I don't like that sloppy Porsche like front end at all.
     
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  3. It's porsche-like because the original beetle was a project that was instructed by Adolf Hitler during the 2nd world war. He got the main porsche designer to design a small 'people's car' for VW... hence why all porsche's look like beetles...
    Anyway, as for the car... it is rubbish. Not masculine enough for us guys and not sexy enough for the girls/gays who would normally buy this kind of vehicle... They really need to do it justice... and not just grab a Golf, and stick a new body on it... whick IS what they did last time!
     
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  4. ahhh Adrian...that Porsche "designer" was Ferdinand Porsche the creator of the Porsche brand. The look you are referring to was implemented in Ferdi's design which took the shape of the Bug and squashed it from the top down, and left the engine out the back over the rear axle.
    Also Volkswagen means "Peoples Car"
     
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  5. WizardsLore - you're annoying - What did you say that Adrian already hadn't?
     
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