Volkswagen Beetle News

  • Volkswagen wants people to get happy

    Volkswagen’s upcoming ad for Super Bowl XLVII doesn’t feature scantily clad bikini models, singing dogs or an adorable pint-sized version of a famous movie villain. There are no pyrotechnics, driving stunts or rock bands, either. Instead, it centers on the quest of a lowly office drone named Dave, who drives a VW Beetle, to improve morale in his workplace. While that’s not particularly controversial in itself, this is: Dave, who’s from Minnesota, speaks with an island patois that some find demeaning to Jamaicans. Worse, one extreme feels that the video portrays...

  • 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible live photos, 2012 L.A. Auto Show
    2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Live Images: 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show

    In the history of the automobile, the Volkswagen Beetle is easily one of the most iconic vehicles ever created. Generations of drivers learned the joys of rowing their own gears behind the wheel of the slow-but-stout Beetle, and Volkswagen is banking that those drivers will want to park an old...

  • Volkswagen’s modified Beetle fleet, 2012 SEMA show
    Volkswagen Brings Beetle Fleet To 2012 SEMA Show

    The 2012 SEMA show kicks off today and a number of tuned cars are making their presence known. The latest is a bunch of Beetles that Volkswagen has organized with a number of its suppliers and chosen customizers, with the modifications ranging from subtle upgrades to some over-the-top items. The...

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    Official 2013 VW Beetle Convertible Fuel Economy Numbers Published

    If you’re counting down the days until you can take delivery of your very own 2013 Beetle Convertible, there’s some good news to report on its official fuel economy. According to the EPA (via Motor Trend), the 200-horsepower Volkswagen Beetle Turbo Convertible will deliver 21 mpg city...

  • Volkswagen Beetle Fender Edition
    VW Beetle Fender Edition Heads To Production

    The Leipzig International Auto Show isn't one of the biggest stops of the year, but it's a popular outlet for special-edition vehicles--as evidenced by the VW Scirocco GTS, and now, the Beetle Fender Edition. If the name sounds familiar, that's because in late 2010, the brand announced a...

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    2013 VW Beetle Convertible Launching With Three Special Editions

    The newly redesigned Volkswagen Beetle relies on nostalgia for much of its appeal, so what better way is there to promote the new Beetle Convertible than with special editions that honor the car’s formative years? Set to be launched at this fall’s Los Angeles Auto Show, Car and Driver...

  • Volkswagen E-Bugster: 2012 Beijing Auto Show

    Volkswagen has chosen the Beijing Auto Show for the Asian market reveal of its E-Bugster electric concept, shown to North American audiences in hardtop form at this year’s Detroit Auto Show. Based on the newly redesigned Volkswagen Beetle, the E-Bugster (which is an amalgam of Electric Bug Roadster) sheds the rear seats and loses its internal combustion engine in favor of an all-electric drivetrain. Power comes from an 85 kW electric motor, fueled by 28.3 kWh worth of lithium-ion batteries, which is good enough to propel the E-Bugster from 0-62 mph in 10.8 seconds. Designed for maximum...

  • 2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI, Chicago Auto Show, Feb 2012
    2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI Live Photos: 2012 Chicago Auto Show

    You had to look closely to see what made it special, but the white Beetle on Volkswagen's stand at the Chicago Auto Show had three chrome letters on the liftgate that gave it all away: TDI. That's VW's name for its diesel models, and the car on display was actually the first official U.S. showing...

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    Volkswagen Previews ‘The Dog Strikes Back’ Super Bowl Ad

    Following Lexus’ lead, Volkswagen has previewed its complete 60-second spot that will air during the second quarter of the Big Game, Super Bowl XLVI, this Sunday, February 5. VW has actually released an extended version of the ad, which continues the Star Wars theme made popular last year...

  • 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible spy shots
    2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Spy Shots

    The new 2012 Volkswagen Beetle has been winning fans all over the globe since its launch earlier this year, and this despite only the hard-top model having been revealed. However, as we saw with the previous generation ‘New Beetle’, sales of the convertible are just as important as...

  • 2011 Volkswagen Beetle R Concept live photos
    Volkswagen Beetle R Likely To See Production: Report

    Volkswagen has ambitious plans for its newly-restyled Beetle, and the United States is seen as the car’s primary market. It’s no coincidence, then, that Volkswagen is displaying the Beetle R concept prominently in its booth at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show, which kicks off today. If...

  • 2011 Volkswagen Beetle R Concept live photos
    Volkswagen Beetle R Concept Preview, Live Photos: 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show

    Sharing its core underpinnings with the Golf has raised some questions as to why one might prefer the Beetle, though the car's iconic aesthetics are the obvious reason. It turns out that sharing is a good thing for performance fans, though, as Volkswagen has unveiled a Beetle R Concept today in...

  • EcoVelocity's Volkswagen Camper Van

    We may spend the day writing about modern car technology, but that doesn't mean we can't appreciate the classic cars that helped form the industry we know today. Some might even suggest "they don't make 'em like they used to", and they'd be right. Unfortunately, they also lack all the safety, comfort and convenience features we've come to expect from modern cars - and often, the performance and economy too. The ideal solution would be to combine the style and character of classics with the best of modern technology, and this is exactly what UK green car show EcoVelocity will be demonstrating...

  • 2012 Volkswagen Beetle production begins in Mexico
    2012 Volkswagen Beetle: Production Begins In Mexico

    The Volkswagen Beetle and Mexico are inexorably linked. From as far back as 1967 and running until 2003 when production ended for good, Volkswagen's Puebla factory produced the classic Beetle, and between 1998 and 2010 the factory was responsible for New Beetle production. Now, Volkswagen has...

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    2012 Volkswagen Beetle Getting Black Turbo And White Turbo Launch Editions

    We were impressed with it at its official unveiling at the 2011 New York Auto Show, and then again when pricing was announced, now Volkswagen has revealed that its chic new Beetle will be arriving on our shores with two new special editions. The 2012 Volkswagen Beetle will feature three different...

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    Volkswagen Beetle R Coming To Frankfurt Auto Show?

    Even before the 2012 VW Beetle was unveiled in New York this year, we were hearing rumors that the Golf R would spawn a Beetle R variant. Now it looks like those rumors could bear fruit as early as this September. Of course, the car we'll see in Frankfurt--if indeed we see it at all--will likely be...

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    2012 VW Beetle Black Turbo Edition Launches Pre-Order Program

    While we're still not sure why anyone would pick the 2012 Beetle over the GTI, Golf R, or other platform-sharing models from Volkswagen, VW is plunging forward with its newly re-inspired car, using a special-edition Black Turbo model to kick off its new vehicle pre-order program. The Black Turbo...

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    2012 Volkswagen Beetle Priced From $19,765

    The 2012 Volkswagen Beetle was undoubtedly one of the stars of the recent 2011 New York Auto Show but interested buyers will have to anxiously wait several more months as the cutesy coupe isn’t scheduled to go on sale until October. We can now confirm what sticker price the car will where...

  • 2012 Volkswagen Beetle walkaround

    We hope you like the new 2012 Volkswagen Beetle as much as we do because we have a new video of the car featuring our own editor Marty Padgett conducting a quick walkaround at recent 2011 New York Auto Show. Sharper handling, refined styling and a much more premium interior are the main improvements implemented in the new Beetle, though there’s also a healthy dose of testosterone added to lure more male buyers this time ‘round. Yes, you can say goodbye to the flower bud vase of the previous model. For our detailed write-up on the new 2012 Volkswagen Beetle, click here.

  • 2012 Volkswagen Beetle live photos
    2012 Volkswagen Beetle: 2011 New York Auto Show Live Photos

    For better or worse, the new Beetle is here, trading some of its "chick car" rep for a more masculine appearance. Whether that will convince more men to buy the car--or simply serve to drive off the women that flocked to the last generation--remains to be seen, but whatever the eventualities, it's...

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    Volkswagen Updates ‘Black Betty’ Beetle Super Bowl Ad: Video

    Remember the funny ad run by Volkswagen for its new Beetle during Super Bowl XLV, the one with the actual six-legged Beetle scampering through the forest and pushing all of the other bugs out of its way. Well, it’s back, this time with a full reveal of the new 2012 Volkswagen Beetle at the...

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    2012 Volkswagen Beetle: New, Retro, Tech-Laden

    The Volkswagen New Beetle has had a good life - launched in 1998, it's carried on for the past thirteen years virtually unchanged. Okay, so that's not quite as impressive as the original, known variously as the Volkswagen, Type 1, Beetle, Bug, Käfer and many more names throughout the world...

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    2012 Volkswagen Beetle: 2011 New York Auto Show

    After more than a decade a replacement for the ‘New Beetle’ has finally arrived, making its world debut initially at the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show and then again at the 2011 New York Auto Show just a couple of days later. The latest car drops its New tag and is just called the Beetle, or...

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    2012 Volkswagen New Beetle To Be Unveiled At 2011 Shanghai Auto Show

    After testing for the past year in front of spy cameras around the world, the next generation of Volkswagen's iconic New Beetle will be unveiled April 18th at the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show. VW will also be showing the car simultaneously in Berlin, New York City, and live on MTV. According to VW's...

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