• Apr 19, 2011
2012 Volkswagen Beetle – Click above to view video after the jump

Volkswagen
teased its vastly redesigned 2012 Beetle during the Super Bowl this year, with a spot featuring a black beetle outrunning all the other bugs in the forest. At the end, VW gave us a look at the silhouette of the reshaped Beetle, but that was it. Now, the video has been recut to show the public the all-new Beetle in full regalia.

The 2012 Volkswagen Beetle was unveiled publicly for the first time this week, simultaneously debuting at the New York Auto Show, the Shanghai Motor Show and in Berlin. Though the car looks like a slightly reshaped version of the outgoing New Beetle, the real changes are under the car's skin.

In an apparent attempt to get away from the cutesy image the New Beetle has gained since it went on sale in 1998, VW completely threw out the old design and started from scratch. The result is a longer, wider and more spacious Beetle, which VW says hearkens back to the car's rugged, fun to drive, utilitarian origins.

Added to that, VW tried to make the car more masculine, adding a 200-horsepower, 2.0-liter four cylinder, bigger wheels and a Fender sound system. Click past the jump to see the reedited commercial.

[Source: YouTube via Volkswagen]



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      Matthew
      • 3 Years Ago
      well kinda does look like a porsche, and people always say porsche's are nothing but expensive beetle's.
      Tom Paul
      • 3 Years Ago
      I had a 1973 Bug in Red. It was one of those rare beauties and one of the last at $1999.00. I saw the pictures of the red one and immediately said I WANT IT, I WANT IT, I WANT IT!!!!!!!
      Matthew
      • 3 Years Ago
      the top of the line beetle,which is the one i would guess we are seeing at the 2011 auto show pics. I wonder what the average one looks like or what that one would cost.
      S40Powered
      • 3 Years Ago
      Finally the desing was inspired this time by the original bug and the results are great.
      Sergio ML
      • 3 Years Ago
      i would add the double white stripes to the black beetle to make it more perfect :)
      EquinsuOcha
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow. That's a really hideous looking 1st Gen Audi TT.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Making11s
      • 3 Years Ago
      I feel like if VW just accepted that the vast majority of men want nothing to do with a New Beetle, I would take it more seriously and even respect it for what it is, but when I hear about Fender stereos (as if anyone ever thought "I wish more guitar amp companies would make car stereos") and see it trying to look tough in black, I just roll my eyes. There are few things as unappealing to me in marketing as trying to force an image or label on a product where it just doesn't belong.
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      ESLKid75
      • 3 Years Ago
      It looks more like an old 356 than like an old Beetle, imho. It's a good thing though! :-)
      Stanluca Liu
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like a Porsche in some angels. Me likey.
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