• Jul 10, 2008
The VW Beetle is a cult favorite here in the States, but in Germany, it's not so well loved. That could be part of the reason why Volkswagen has been slow to produce a successor to the new Beetle, but word from Motor Trend is that two models could be coming shortly. The first Beetle will be based off the Gen-VI Golf and will hit production in 2010 or 2011.

Word out of Wolfsburg is that a second Beetle could be on the way as well, but this one would be based off the up! minicar. That would give VW a sub-brand Beetle lineup, kind of like what Toyota has with Scion, but with an eye on MINI buyers. The smaller up!-based Beetle would also be more true to the original Bug, which was a cheap and efficient "People's Car" with the engine out back (supposedly). Quality problems and a weak dollar have lead VW to struggle in the U.S. over the past few years, but an inexpensive, reliable car with top-notch fuel economy would go a long way toward reversing that trend.


[Source: Motor Trend]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Wanna feel like a REAL man ? Get a Turbocharged VW Bug painted sun yellow, with the aftermarket white and yellow wheels that look like giant daisy's. Remove the TURBO logo from the rear, add a flower antenna-topper; then pull alongside someone driving a Mustang, Lancer, Eclipse, Honda, ect. and SMOKE THEM; preferably when the guys girlfriend is in the car with him !
      • 6 Years Ago
      Cars aren't feminine and masculine. They don't have boy parts or girl parts.

      VW just bring all the Up! variation, A small rear engine beetle Coupe & convertible will be awesome. The tuners will make some Bad@ss customs with these.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Note to VW.. for once, take the speedy route and bring the Up!-based Beetle to the US.. and quick! Mitsubishi, BMW and others already have their eyes on joining Smart in the new US wave of small rwd econocars.. and the Beetle Up! (they can't call it the New New Beetle, right?) would be the perfect competitor for the new Smart ForFour M-B is inevitably planning.
        • 6 Years Ago
      pat hill
      • 2 Years Ago
      help
      • 6 Years Ago
      THE EARLY BUG WAS ONE PIECE OF ROUND SHT.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This duck wouldn't drive a Beetle which is for chicks, not male mallards nor even ducklings.

      In any case, it's difficult to follow retro-cars like the Beetle and the PT Cruiser. These were great designs when introduced and for the next few years, but both have reached the point where it's time to replace them with something fresh.


      • 6 Years Ago
      Only one Beetle please!
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree, make the next beetle a true entry level car, and price it right. The base price should be significantly less then a base rabbit, but it needs to drive like a VW, that is the key.

        I also wouldn't be opposed to a large canvass sunroof!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm surprised this is the same VW that made that Water Buffalo.......ummmm........I mean Armored Truck- a few articles down...
        jrfclark
        • 6 Years Ago
        Its the new pucker sucker upper when a semi passes you in one!
      goaliegrl4692
      • 6 Years Ago
      i work at a VW dealership; a new beetle would be great for us!
      Monica
      • 6 Years Ago
      My daughter's 4 year old VW bug is cute, but it's a piece of crap! We've put more money in repairs in the last 2 years than we did in the combined lifetime of two vehicles we also bought new--a Honda Prelude we had for 8 years and a Nissan Maxima we had for 8 years with 272,000 and 243,000 miles respectively. VW couldn't give me any car they make....I'd have to spend too much money to keep them running!
      • 6 Years Ago
      VW's are girl cars why would you want a another girl car in the states anyway ? why even care unless ur a girl...

      it's not that i hate VW it's that i would never drive one cause as i said all modern VW's are Girl cars...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Every one of this redneck's posts are exactly the same.

        • 6 Years Ago
        No not really... i just know what im talking about unlike some ppl.
        • 6 Years Ago
        What the Hell? VW's aren't chick cars. Sometimes I wonder how people like you know how to turn on a computer and visit Autoblog. Let alone, type.
        • 6 Years Ago
        lol Funny... Torrent
      • 6 Years Ago
      Old 65' Bug was a fun car to drive....especilly scootin' around in snow....heater was practially worthless in very cold, damp weather.....radio was only option......description of the up! reads like it should be fairly well equipped.....how inexpensive?
      Could be a great little in-town car.
      Rear mounted engine has not changed at Porsche has it? Still a good idea.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Give me a car with manual crank windows, no navigation system or iPod or satellite radio connections, and no sunroof (I'm 6'5" - it cuts inches off the headroom.), no electric unlocking mechanism, and other price padding but near useless extras.

      I like the look of the !up.

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