• Dec 4, 2010
2012 Volkswagen Beetle caught unmasked in the wild – Click above to watch video after the jump

Before the keys land in the hands of the Oprah faithful, the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle still has to make its world debut. Until then, we have to rely on spy photographers for glimpses of der neue New Beetle. The latest clip gives us a good view of the redesigned VW as it hits the street on one of its innumerable test drives. Hit the jump to see for yourselves. Thanks for the tip, Vicken!

[Source: YouTube via SecretNewCars.com]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      lol, I voted up the gay comments. I thought they were humourous. People are too sensitive nowadays imo.

      In all honesty, it does literally look less gay. And by that, I mean like a car that more straight males will buy compared to a disproportionate amount of homosexual males(of which I saw a lot driving) and women.

      And before you ask how can I even tell, the rainbow stickers announce it to the world.(for some reason)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice bug.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's not it, they just pasted a '96 Ford Taurus front end on it to throw you.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well it's at least starting to look more like a real beetle...
        • 4 Years Ago
        What a real "purist Beetle fan" may not like about the previous "New" Beetle is the fact that it was such a girl car, where the original had more of a broad appeal. That is why you never heard people calling the old ones "gay".

        This newer design is actually closer to the original in shape with its flat roof. If we get a performance model based on this, most of the old Beetle enthusiasts and many new ones forget all about the shortcomings of the last model.
        • 4 Years Ago
        'What a real "purist Beetle fan" may not like about the previous "New" Beetle is the fact that it was such a girl car, where the original had more of a broad appeal."

        Freud would have a field day with that one... "broad appeal". :-)

        Yes I agree it certainly was a design that has been well appreciated by women but the fact is men, and women, have so many other options available today in cars that it's hard to design something that's emotive of the past yet true to it's origins. The only car that I can think of that still is able to get away with it is the 911. That car is evolving at a snail's pace yet still brings something new each time it gets a redesign.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You seriously don't see the classic bugs in the new bugs? Impossible. Get your eyes checked. That design is unmistakeable.
        • 4 Years Ago
        When you take a glance at a Mini or a Fiat 500, you identify it immediately with the originals. This doesn't happen with the current Beetle, nor does it with the forthcoming model. I don't see the old Beetle when I look at the New Beetle. Same with this car (New New Beetle?).
        • 4 Years Ago
        "however one has to agree that it's very much moving towards a Porsche"

        To me, the original looked like the original Porsche 911 from the late 60s, or I should say it's the other way around since the Beetle came first. The "new" one you could say caught up with the 911 in the late 90s.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It looks like a fat PT Cruiser
      An improvement, but not good enough
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah this about sums it up for me too.

        Something about the C-pillars bothers me as well.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wait, what ? So they took the very same shape, and only stretched/squashed it ? I was expecting something more fresh and innovative. And since one of my complaints with the "new" Beetle was that it was just too big compared to the original, well... Looks like it's grown again - looks as long as the Routan in front of it. What's the point ? Oh well - at least the back seat seems to fit people over 5'9", now...
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think that is the much smaller Sharan van, not a Routan.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @John

        You might very well be right - but regardless, the Sharan is 20 whole inches longer than the current, "old" New Beetle. My point is - it's grown again, and in my book, it was already too big to start with, compared to the original. Now it's Jetta-sized, instead of being bulbous-Golf-sized... I don't really understand the rationale behind that.
        • 4 Years Ago
        What do you want them to do with a car called a Beetle? They have to stick to the concept of which it was founded 60+ years ago. They can't call it a VW Beetle and make it look like a Chevrolet Monte Carlo!!

        If they take this car and do what I suggested earlier (Mini S fighter), that would more than freshen up the vehicle and there would no longer be any need for the flowers and stick on eye lashes common place on the last ones.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yes. The Volkswagen Beetle obviously sexually attracted to other Volkswagen Beetles of the same gender.
      • 4 Years Ago
      looks more like a modern packard than a bug.
      that thing seems massive for a bug.

      maybe it will grow on my but at the moment this jr panamara is not floating my boat as the next bug.

      does not inspire me with a world of confidence about a cool retro bus either.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm still skeptical, but it looks a little better in this clip than in the still photos I've seen.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Its the same dilemma that faces BMW with Mini and Fiat with 500 , what do you do next?
      A tweak here and there after a while is just not enough but the Beetle is long over due for an upgrade, isn't it based on the old MK3 Golf?
      However if some thought goes into upgrading these concepts it could work , after all the 911 has been around in that unmistakable silhouette since the 60's and it hasn't do Porsche any harm.
        • 4 Years Ago
        How so? The Porsche 911, the VW Golf, and Jeep Willy's/CJ/Wrangler have all maintained the same basic shapes throughout their existences.

        Rather than drastically changing the shape of it every few years, those vehicles evolved and modernized.
      • 4 Years Ago
      and here we go with the ant-gay rhetoric. bash any lately to make yourself feel better? grow up.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Unlike the Mini and the 500, the New Beetle started out with a very contemporary design, with only the shape to refer back to the original. They have stayed with that. It might have gone differently; more retro:

      http://www.autotribute.com/6353/next-vw-beetle-retro-illustration/
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