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PostHeaderIcon Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Final Edition

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.

PostHeaderIcon Volkswagen Inadvertently Confirms The Beetle’s Demise

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.

PostHeaderIcon Volkswagen Will Bring The Beetle as an Electric Four-Door

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.

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

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.

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

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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“the Beetle will no longer be a part of Volkswagen’s portfolio once the current A5 generation retires in a few years.”

All good things must come to an end, and so it is with the Volkswagen Beetle. After a production run that stretched from 1938 to 2003 — and from 1997 to the present day for the New Beetle — the Beetle will no longer be a part of Volkswagen’s portfolio once the current A5 generation retires in a few years. Volkswagen R&D chief Frank Welsch made that proclamation to Autocar at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. According to Welsch, “two or three generations is enough” for Volkswagen’s legacy model, adding that the company made the current version of the Beetle “with history in mind.” That said, Welsch also said that the company can’t “do it five times and have a new new new Beetle.”

The company makes a good point. The Beetle’s appeal only lasts for as long as there are people who still think of it in reverential terms. It had that mystique going for it for a long time, but with the industry itself being on the precipice of a revolutionary tipping point, the Beetle became expendable as new models like the T-Roc Convertible gain favor in the eyes of company execs. It didn’t help the Beetle’s cause that sales numbers have started decline as consumers have begun to gravitate more towards crossovers and SUVs.


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“The T-Roc Convertible is also being pegged as a possible replacement for the Beetle Cabriolet”

Even if the Beetle is missed from a nostalgic point of view, Volkswagen has enough models to replace it without losing too much of its core values. The compact I.D. family is expected to take the reins of VW’s small electric car business. That’s one of the reasons why VW nixed the idea of an electric Beetle. The aforementioned T-Roc Convertible is also being pegged as a possible replacement for the Beetle Cabriolet. That’s not even counting spots for the Golf and Eos convertibles, two models that could also fill the space that the Beetle will be leaving behind. Heck, Volkswagen even has a successor in place to take the reins from the Beetle as the brand’s legacy model. It’s not coming for a few years, but the Microbus-inspired I.D. Buzz is going to fill that role once it arrives.


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“The Beetle does have a few more years in its life before it’s finally put to pasture.”

As sad as it is to live in a world where the Volkswagen Beetle doesn’t exist anymore, it’s time that Volkswagen give the bug the rest it deserves. Fortunately for those who suffer from separation anxiety, the Beetle does have a few more years in its life before it’s finally put to pasture. Volkswagen hasn’t given a specific timetable yet, but it would be surprising to see it survive into the next decade. Give it two or three years? Seems like a reasonable estimate considering that most of the models that will fill up its spot are still a few years away from arriving.

And so it is, the Volkswagen Beetle is on its last legs. Here’s a toast to the incredible bug; it’s had an incredible run.

References

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Check out what we said about the Volkswagen Beetle in our full review

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Read up on the 2017 Volkswagen Beetle Carbriolet

Volksagen T-Roc


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

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.


2012 - 2013 Volkswagen Beetle - image 399158
“the Beetle will no longer be a part of Volkswagen’s portfolio once the current A5 generation retires in a few years.”

All good things must come to an end, and so it is with the Volkswagen Beetle. After a production run that stretched from 1938 to 2003 — and from 1997 to the present day for the New Beetle — the Beetle will no longer be a part of Volkswagen’s portfolio once the current A5 generation retires in a few years. Volkswagen R&D chief Frank Welsch made that proclamation to Autocar at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. According to Welsch, “two or three generations is enough” for Volkswagen’s legacy model, adding that the company made the current version of the Beetle “with history in mind.” That said, Welsch also said that the company can’t “do it five times and have a new new new Beetle.”

The company makes a good point. The Beetle’s appeal only lasts for as long as there are people who still think of it in reverential terms. It had that mystique going for it for a long time, but with the industry itself being on the precipice of a revolutionary tipping point, the Beetle became expendable as new models like the T-Roc Convertible gain favor in the eyes of company execs. It didn’t help the Beetle’s cause that sales numbers have started decline as consumers have begun to gravitate more towards crossovers and SUVs.


2013 Volkswagen Beetle Cabrio - image 476674
“The T-Roc Convertible is also being pegged as a possible replacement for the Beetle Cabriolet”

Even if the Beetle is missed from a nostalgic point of view, Volkswagen has enough models to replace it without losing too much of its core values. The compact I.D. family is expected to take the reins of VW’s small electric car business. That’s one of the reasons why VW nixed the idea of an electric Beetle. The aforementioned T-Roc Convertible is also being pegged as a possible replacement for the Beetle Cabriolet. That’s not even counting spots for the Golf and Eos convertibles, two models that could also fill the space that the Beetle will be leaving behind. Heck, Volkswagen even has a successor in place to take the reins from the Beetle as the brand’s legacy model. It’s not coming for a few years, but the Microbus-inspired I.D. Buzz is going to fill that role once it arrives.


2012 - 2013 Volkswagen Beetle - image 399159
“The Beetle does have a few more years in its life before it’s finally put to pasture.”

As sad as it is to live in a world where the Volkswagen Beetle doesn’t exist anymore, it’s time that Volkswagen give the bug the rest it deserves. Fortunately for those who suffer from separation anxiety, the Beetle does have a few more years in its life before it’s finally put to pasture. Volkswagen hasn’t given a specific timetable yet, but it would be surprising to see it survive into the next decade. Give it two or three years? Seems like a reasonable estimate considering that most of the models that will fill up its spot are still a few years away from arriving.

And so it is, the Volkswagen Beetle is on its last legs. Here’s a toast to the incredible bug; it’s had an incredible run.

References

Volkswagen Beetle


2012 - 2013 Volkswagen Beetle - image 399155

Check out what we said about the Volkswagen Beetle in our full review

Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet


2013 Volkswagen Beetle Cabrio - image 476670

Read up on the 2017 Volkswagen Beetle Carbriolet

Volksagen T-Roc


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Read our latest words on the 2019 Volkswagen T-Roc

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

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.


References

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Read our full review on the 2017 Volkswagen Beetle.


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PostHeaderIcon Volkswagen Beetle to Live On as RWD Electric Car

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.

References

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PostHeaderIcon Click Mechanic Renders 7 Utterly Bizarre Car Mashups

BMW i8 Dodge Charger

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!

Continue reading to see 7 Utterly Bizarre Car Mashups.

BMW i8 and Dodge Charger


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Kicking things off, we got two wildly different takes on what it means to be fast. On one side, we’ve got the hybrid-powered BMW i8, a cutting-edge, CFRP-laden spaceship, while on the other side, we’ve got the old school muscle legend that is the Dodge Charger. I guess this is what happens when you put them together, complete with laser headlights and topped by a massive blower. It’s like a sustainable flamethrower, or an eco-conscious chainsaw. Wait, what?!

Bugatti Chiron and Volkswagen Beetle


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Originally created as a vehicle for the people, the VW bug was about simplicity and low cost, offered as a modest approach to moving from A to B. Then we have the 1,500-horsepower, ultra-complex, quad-turbo Bugatti Chiron, a rolling statement of wealth and prestige that screams for attention. Talk about opposites, and yet, the pieces seem to fit together quite nicely here…

Pagani Huayra and First-Generation Chevrolet Camaro


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Now this one is just flat out weird. We never, in a million billion years, would have thought about infusing the gorgeous top-shelf Italian styling of the Pagani Huayra with the good-old-boy chic of the original Chevy Camaro. This thing is an abomination, no doubt about it, and yet, we can’t look away. The flat black paint, the chrome trim, the mid-engine proportions, the polished hubcaps… would you call us crazy if we admitted to thinking this thing actually, kinda… works?! Yes, you would? Fair enough.

Nissan GT-R And Nissan Juke


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If you ask us, this is the kind of machine that would manage to simultaneously make your little niece squeal with delight over its cuteness, then go off and rip your dedicated sports car to shreds on the track. The body shape says Juke, while that front end and rear wing are pure GT-R. Maybe we shouldn’t give Nissan any ideas – after all, the 485-horse Juke-R is already a thing, so we know this mashup isn’t a total impossibility.

Ford GT and Ford Raptor


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We know the Blue Oval has a variety of vehicles at its disposal when it comes to going fast. Wanna smash the local lap record? Climb aboard the Ford GT, a carbon fiber supercar made for domination at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. What about flying over rough terrain? In that case, saddle up in the Ford Raptor, an off-road specialist ready to conquer the rough stuff and all of Mother Nature. But what if you wanna do both?

Lamborghini Aventador and Lamborghini Tractor


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Believe it or not, Lambo was originally a manufacturer of farm equipment before it branched off into making high-dollar exotics. In fact, the Italian marque is still making tractors today as Lamborghini Trattori. So then, the above is what you get when you do a little inter-company cross-pollination. All we see is the perfect conveyance for ripping mean four-wheel drifts across freshly plowed fields.

Ferrari LaFerrari and Fiat Multipla


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Take the jaw-dropping body of the Ferrari squared, then plop a dollop of Fiat MPV in the middle, and this is the result. Yikes. At least it’s one of the more, eh, practical Prancing Horses we’ve seen. Right? Maybe?!

PostHeaderIcon Click Mechanic Renders 7 Utterly Bizarre Car Mashups

BMW i8 Dodge Charger

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!

Continue reading to see 7 Utterly Bizarre Car Mashups.

BMW i8 and Dodge Charger


Click Mechanic Renders 7 Utterly Bizarre Car Mashups - image 743946

Kicking things off, we got two wildly different takes on what it means to be fast. On one side, we’ve got the hybrid-powered BMW i8, a cutting-edge, CFRP-laden spaceship, while on the other side, we’ve got the old school muscle legend that is the Dodge Charger. I guess this is what happens when you put them together, complete with laser headlights and topped by a massive blower. It’s like a sustainable flamethrower, or an eco-conscious chainsaw. Wait, what?!

Bugatti Chiron and Volkswagen Beetle


Click Mechanic Renders 7 Utterly Bizarre Car Mashups - image 743947

Originally created as a vehicle for the people, the VW bug was about simplicity and low cost, offered as a modest approach to moving from A to B. Then we have the 1,500-horsepower, ultra-complex, quad-turbo Bugatti Chiron, a rolling statement of wealth and prestige that screams for attention. Talk about opposites, and yet, the pieces seem to fit together quite nicely here…

Pagani Huayra and First-Generation Chevrolet Camaro


Click Mechanic Renders 7 Utterly Bizarre Car Mashups - image 743948

Now this one is just flat out weird. We never, in a million billion years, would have thought about infusing the gorgeous top-shelf Italian styling of the Pagani Huayra with the good-old-boy chic of the original Chevy Camaro. This thing is an abomination, no doubt about it, and yet, we can’t look away. The flat black paint, the chrome trim, the mid-engine proportions, the polished hubcaps… would you call us crazy if we admitted to thinking this thing actually, kinda… works?! Yes, you would? Fair enough.

Nissan GT-R And Nissan Juke


Click Mechanic Renders 7 Utterly Bizarre Car Mashups - image 743949

If you ask us, this is the kind of machine that would manage to simultaneously make your little niece squeal with delight over its cuteness, then go off and rip your dedicated sports car to shreds on the track. The body shape says Juke, while that front end and rear wing are pure GT-R. Maybe we shouldn’t give Nissan any ideas – after all, the 485-horse Juke-R is already a thing, so we know this mashup isn’t a total impossibility.

Ford GT and Ford Raptor


Click Mechanic Renders 7 Utterly Bizarre Car Mashups - image 743950

We know the Blue Oval has a variety of vehicles at its disposal when it comes to going fast. Wanna smash the local lap record? Climb aboard the Ford GT, a carbon fiber supercar made for domination at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. What about flying over rough terrain? In that case, saddle up in the Ford Raptor, an off-road specialist ready to conquer the rough stuff and all of Mother Nature. But what if you wanna do both?

Lamborghini Aventador and Lamborghini Tractor


Click Mechanic Renders 7 Utterly Bizarre Car Mashups - image 743951

Believe it or not, Lambo was originally a manufacturer of farm equipment before it branched off into making high-dollar exotics. In fact, the Italian marque is still making tractors today as Lamborghini Trattori. So then, the above is what you get when you do a little inter-company cross-pollination. All we see is the perfect conveyance for ripping mean four-wheel drifts across freshly plowed fields.

Ferrari LaFerrari and Fiat Multipla


Click Mechanic Renders 7 Utterly Bizarre Car Mashups - image 743952

Take the jaw-dropping body of the Ferrari squared, then plop a dollop of Fiat MPV in the middle, and this is the result. Yikes. At least it’s one of the more, eh, practical Prancing Horses we’ve seen. Right? Maybe?!

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

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.

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PostHeaderIcon Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Unveils New Livery, Battle Damage To Follow

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.

Continue reading for the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Volkswagen #PinkBeetle

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.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Volkswagen #PinkBeetle.


PostHeaderIcon Volkswagen To Phase Out The Beetle At The End Of 2018

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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PostHeaderIcon 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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PostHeaderIcon VW Beetle Denim Priced at $25,995

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Volkswagen announced the pricing of the 2016 Beetle Denim Limited Edition, based on the Convertible 1.8T model. A tribute to the 1970s Jeans Bug and featuring exclusive interior and exterior appointments, the Denim is priced at $25,995 to which you have to add an $820 destination charge.

So what you get for your almost 27 grand apart from the cool name? For starters, you get two exterior color options of Pure White or Stonewashed Blue plus a unique convertible top in Dark Blue with a brand new textured fabric that resembles denim. Inside, there is light-blue-and-silver dashpad and jeans-inspired seat pockets with small Beetle flags in red, in addition to  white piping and dark blue leatherette accents. So yes, the Seventies-ness of the car is really strong.

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As for the equipment you get with the VW Beetle Denim, the list begins with a 1.8-liter turbocharged and direct-injection TSI developing 70 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, and continues with Volkswagen MIB II infotainment system, 5.0-inch resistive touchscreen, AUX-in, SD card slots, and a USB multimedia interface with iPhone and iPod device connectivity, rearview camera display, and Bluetooth. But the real party piece of this model remains the exterior styling which is refreshingly unique.

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PostHeaderIcon 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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PostHeaderIcon Official: Volkswagen Beetle Denim

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Along with the new Beetle Dune, Volkswagen is also introducing at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show a special edition version of the car inspired by the 1970s Jeans Bug. The 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Denim is supposed to be a hip and trendy model harking back to the good the old days.

Limited to 2,000 units, Volkswagen Beetle Denim comes in two special colors of Pure White and Stonewashed Blue, while convertible models get a Dark Blue soft top with a new textured fabric. Interior highlights include a unique light-blue-and-silver dashpad and jeans-inspired seat pockets with small Beetle tabs in red, plus light blue denim-color cloth upholstery with white piping and dark blue leatherette accents.

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2016 Volkswagen Beetle Denim is powered by a 1.8-liter turbocharged TSI engine with 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Equipment-wise, the car boasts the new MIB II Composition Color infotainment system with a 5.0” touchscreen and AUX-in, SD card slots, USB multimedia interface with iPhone and iPod device connectivity, reverse camera display, and Bluetooth.

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PostHeaderIcon Official: Volkswagen Beetle Dune

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Volkswagen is trying hard to regain some of the face they lost over the past couple of month over the Dieselgate scandal at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show with cars like this, the new Volkswagen Beetle Dune and Dune convertible. They are hoping the legendary name and cool looks of the new model will help people forget about them being a bunch of cheating sods.

At any rate, the new Volkswagen Beetle Dune does look like a fun car to hit the beaches of California in, what with the raised ride height, interesting body colors like “Sandstorm Yellow Metallic” and “Dark Bronze Metallic” with black wheels and black side trim strips, and LED lights bar. It also comes with a large rear spoiler in two-tone finish and a rear diffuser in “Reflex Silver.”

The highlights of the interior for the new Dune include Dash Pad (styling panel on the dashboard) painted in body colour, extensive contrasting stitching  on the sport seats, leather-trimmed steering wheel, parking brake grip, and black-painted seat system, door trim panels, roof pillars and headlining. Depending on the model, you can get DAB+ digital radio, Bluetooth, and a Fender audio system.

Engine-wise, Volkswagen Beetle Dune and Dune convertible – both of which sit 10mm higher than the normal Beetle – can be had with three petrol engines (77 kW / 105 PS1, 110 kW /150 PS2 and 162 kW / 220 PS) and two diesel engines (81 kW / 110 PS4 and 110 kW / 150 PS5). We have a sneaking suspicion the diesels will be hard to sell.

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PostHeaderIcon 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.

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