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2012 Volkswagen Beetle exterior in white
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  • 2012 Volkswagen Beetle exterior in white
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Jeremy Clarkson certainly has a way with words, and when he applies his wit to a topic the result is quite often an enjoyable reading experience. Clarkson has plied his wit upon the subject of Volkswagen's redesigned 2012 Beetle.

It's no secret that Jeremy and his Top Gear cohorts are not fans of the people's car. Perhaps Volkswagen can change his mind with the newest iteration of its iconic automobile?

Nope. In fact, his choice of descriptive words gets a little blue towards the end of the piece. Sample:

"Launching a modern-day incarnation that has sporty credentials is like launching a modern-day incarnation of the Mona Lisa who's crapping herself laughing."

Hop over to the Top Gear website to read Mr. Clarkson's musings on the reborn icon.


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      Daveo
      • 3 Years Ago
      I watch the show and some of what they do is mildly entertaining... but has anyone ever bought or not bought a car based on his recommendations? Especially on a car he has probably never seen in person or driven.
      ravenosa
      • 3 Years Ago
      Pretty classic: "A Jetta is as sporty as an aqualung. It is motoring's answer to the Hush Puppy and the big, sensible pair of pants. If it were a man, it would have a hat. I do not understand why anyone in history has ever looked at a VW Golf and said, "Yes. But do you have a version that's a bit worse in every way?" Because that's what the Jetta is: a s**t Golf."
      cpuspeed
      • 3 Years Ago
      Watched a few episodes of Top Gear to see what the fuss is about, seen some in the past. Not too impressed. Certainly not an unbiased show about cars. Top gear is a reality show stretched to an hour filled with nonsense hosted by self proclaimed car enthusiasts. Hey you like their opinion, like the hosts, and like the show then by all means... enjoy. But as far as what Jeremy Clarkson thinks I could care less.
        creamwobbly
        • 3 Years Ago
        @cpuspeed
        Saying "I could care less" is just another way of saying "I care". If you *don't* care, then why do you say that it would be possible for you to care somewhat less than you do? Maybe you could smell less? Or eat less? As for your opinions, I think I'm not alone in saying I *couldn't* care less.
      4 String
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why is it that everything Clarkson says (which gets posted on Autoblog) is always bad mouthing one auto or another? Look, it's a mountain of crap-o-la here! Oh, there! There's crap-o-la everywhere!
        creamwobbly
        • 3 Years Ago
        @4 String
        Didn't you hear? They're going to change the name to "AutoTroll".
      larshafner
      • 3 Years Ago
      Jeremy "Hating on VW since 1960" Clarkson
      Mostchillin
      • 3 Years Ago
      Two words to describe Clarkson: Gnikcuf tool Simple as that...
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Javanese
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm in the same boat as clarkson. Always have an unfathomable hatred towards the beetle ever since i was a wee kid. I dont understand what VW is trying to achieve, they already have a sporty beetle. It's called a 911.
      Sukairain
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's easier to get attention being an *ss, unbiased is boring. Clarkson gets ratings, because people enjoy the commotion automobile fans or otherwise. It's more about show biz than authentic automobile review at BBC, there are plenty of less biased magazines out there. I rather enjoy Top Gear, it's entertaining. For those claiming the Top Gear 3 aren't true enthusiasts, I like to think they know much more than me about cars. Why So Serious? : )
        • 3 Years Ago
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      Renaurd
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like it, it's modern but it's a bug.
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