• Dec 20th 2008 at 4:41PM
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Click above for high-res renderings of a possible New Beetle

When designing a retro-style automobile like the revived MINI, Mustang or VW Beetle, the first generation is the easy one. The second go-round, on the other hand, is a tougher nut to crack, and the easy thing to do is to maintain the status quo. Volkswagen did just that when it revised its New Beetle back in 2006, but the third-generation of today's Bug is expected to ratchet things up a bit design-wise. We're expecting something more mature, perhaps along the lines of the Ragster concept from 2005, which emphasized its low-slung bodywork with a chopped top reminiscent of the Porsche Speedster. Flashier lights and more angular sheetmetal are also distinct possibilities.

Whatever the case, it won't be an easy redesign. VeeDub could stay the course by keeping the cute and charming nature of the current New Beetle intact or it could spice things up with something much more sporty. Could the German automaker do both? That's an option for the future, and current rumors indicate that VW has considered at least two separate Beetle models, one based on the Golf and another using the underpinnings from the yet-to-be-released Up! microcar. The current state of the economy, though, makes a plan like that much less likely to bear fruit.

[Source: Car Magazine]

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      I really hope they'll reconsider that front end. That is just atrocious.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Sorry, I just saw the back end too. They just really need to redesign the whole thing I guess.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Volkswagen Beetle the car that screams "LOOK AT ME, IM GAY!!!!!"
      • 6 Years Ago
      This Car is ugly and overpriced, back in the Day's they where mass produced because they were cheap and economical to own, but today a V W Bug convertible can cost you 28 to $30.000 bucks, that is Nuts , I don't see what People see in this Car at all. Today you can buy a Mercedes 240- c-class for $32.000 bucks, but you are talking about a difference between Night and Day, or you can get the new BMW, 128 for under $30.000 bucks.Or if you like an American Car, right now you can buy a New Cadillac CTS or Lincoln for $27.000 Clams. You have to be stupid to buy a V W, who is in that price range.
      • 6 Years Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      They still make that thing?
      • 6 Years Ago
      That Ragster concept is top notch. I think that's the way to go design wise.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The New Beetle is simply a novelty car. Word to VW; dump it.

      Focus on vehicles like the Golf, GTI, CC, and Tiguan. Keep it simple!
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      Looks like it's growing some kind of stylish facial hair.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I have been in the car business for over 20 years and have worked at many different dealerships and many different brands. Volkswagens are BY FAR the LEAST reliable cars I have ever seen. They are nothing but trouble. Expensive to repair and maintain. PURE GERMAN CRAPPEN JUNKEN.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That smile that the car is giving me is just... creepy
      • 6 Years Ago
      A good idea would be go back farther into the retro look and design. Build the air cooled 36 horsepower engine and lighten the car to work around it. Dump the automatic trans., power steering, power brakes, low profile wheels and tires, anti-lock brakes. Make a basic car that can get close to 50 miles per gallon on pump gas more like the 1957 beetle. Affordable for the masses as it were by Hitler's demand for the cars. I can live with a catalytic converter, just not all the garbage piled on the engine driving up the car's overall cost and driving down efficiency. Nader, bite me! I'm talking about a car that was inherrently safe though it was small in it's design. I'll bend and allow for seat belts and air bags, but lighten the car up somewhere else that the finished car's weight wet (with oil and gas) would be well under 1700 lbs.
      Think you it can't happen? Think again, the technology existed then and still does. We're brainwashed to believe it's got to be 200 or more horses and use gas like we were sitting on unlimited supplies of crude oil. Brothers and sisters, the truth is, we can't afford to settle for more.
      Rich OAT (Old Auto Technician)
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