• Jan 19th 2010 at 4:29PM
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Volkswagen New Beetle Pickup Conversion – Click above for image gallery

Still bummed that Volkswagen isn't planning to bring the new Amarok pickup to the States? Perhaps there's another way to get your hands on a VW made for hauling: a New Beetle pickup conversion. Proving the old adage, "When there's a will, there's a way," Japanese body shop Hayashi has grafted the rear half of a pickup with the front half of a New Beetle. The results, um... speak for themselves, no?

We know that the new version of the ol' Bug is sometimes seen as a feminine vehicle, but we're not so sure converting one into a pickup truck is the right way to rectify that situation. At least there's plenty of room for more than just the lonely single flower in the dash-mounted plastic holder. See for yourself in the gallery below.

[Source: Carscoop]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Good catch, Aki! Thanks for fixing that, AB!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      hmmm..... not bad
      • 5 Years Ago
      The rear bed is very old-school retro, while the front end is distinctly cutesy-poo.

      Somehow, the design still ends up working better than most car-a-mino designs. The old-school Chevy rear window, with the wraparound windows, is a nice touch that blends the two styles together fairly well.

      I'd like to know why it is that with all of these car-based pickup designs, manufacturers continue to insist that only full-size pickups will ever sell (I'm especially looking at you, Ford, how dare you cancel the Ranger and etcetera). I think that clever car based pickups are going to be extremely popular in the future, and manufacturers that believe that "only big trucks will ever sell" are going to get beaten in the truck market in the future, just as Ford, GM and Chrysler lost to the Japanese in the seventies when they decided that "only big cars will ever sell."
      • 5 Years Ago
      I say GM should challenge this beast as well as Ford's HD
      • 5 Years Ago
      I really dig it, imagine it lifted with some dune buggy style wheels.
      • 5 Years Ago
      On snap!

      On a totally unrelated note, if you click an image in the gallery it actually takes you to that image instead of the first image in the gallery! Woot!

      Btw the car is kinda cute, albeit useless.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Perfect for the middle aged empty-nesters to bring some potting/gardening supplies back from Home Depot. Or for that cute outdoorsy girl who wants to carry a tent or hiking boots or soccer balls or field hockey equipment.

      I know the current Beetle is near the end of its life, but VW could probably pick up a few incremental sales with something like this when the new one comes out - they can one-up the Mini in cute/uniqueness.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's like an SSR that's not fully cooked.

      That is a compliment.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Heh, with this reaction, I'm glad I'm doing a Truck conversion on my '90 240SX HB. :D
      • 5 Years Ago
      2 things:
      1) It's very close to cool--I just wish that the back wall of the cab were smoother and the transition were less jarring.

      2) That is the gayest pickup ever. And I mean, EVER. Not that there's anything wrong with that...

      And before the flame wars begin, I *am* gay. And so is this Beetlemino. Gay.
      • 5 Years Ago
      weird that this car to pickup conversion worked so well,
      wouldn't haul much , but it does look not half bad.
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