Jay Leno drives new and old VW Beetles – Click above to view video after the jump

Jay Leno's job rules. Besides earning him enough scratch to buy and maintain just about anything he feels like in his now-famous garage, auto manufacturers are seemingly more than willing to jet him around the globe to sample their cars.

This time, it's the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle, the arched-roof recipient of a top-to-bottom redesign. To give the story a little historical context, Leno drives VW's latest back-to-back with a 1938 Beetle, the oldest in existence. Needless to say, Jay was duly impressed with both cars (bonus points for anyone who can correctly tell us how many times he says "iconic"), but, and here's a shocker, Leno figures he'd rather drive the 2012 model on a daily basis. Watch the late-night talk show Bug out after the jump.



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      Trevor
      • 3 Years Ago
      cue that idiot "VWfailsagain" to make another stupid comment.
      sloturbo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Jay only used "iconic" twice.
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        Chris Biggs
        • 3 Years Ago
        It doesn't matter who started the project. Lucifer the fallen angel could of ******* started it and it would of mattered nothing at all. It is a cheap effective reliable form of transportation. And it has been successful over many years. Giving many people in all types of places in the world effective transportation, where they didn't have it previously. And you talking **** about the Germans is comical. Especially since they are the ones who ******* invented the car in the first place. Shall we compare the bloodshed of Hitler to that of Stalin? Or Mao? Or maybe you want to compare it to the bloodshed by our own European Americans during the genocide we committed against the native peoples of this land? Do you REALLY want to get into a political debate?
          WatchF1
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Chris Biggs
          Dude, Frederiksen CONSTANTLY trolls Autoblog and whines about electric this, oil that. He shows no sign that his opinion can be swayed, and as far as I can tell, finds sexual pleasure from downvotes.
      Rollk
      • 3 Years Ago
      biased reviews like these are pointless
        throwback
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rollk
        It's not a review. It's a car guy driving a pre-production car and giving his general impressions.
          Rollk
          • 3 Years Ago
          @throwback
          True, but you don't think VW paid for Leno's hotel, wined & dined him, and gave him the privilege of driving the oldest beetle & the first to drive the newest?
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      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Both the new and old one are quite nice.
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        mathiaswegner
        • 3 Years Ago
        Really, that's the best troll you can come up with? Look at Dan Fredriksen, he came up with much better than that. You have to try harder if you want to be the trolliest VW troll on Autoblog. Keep practicing. You can do it!
        Lachmund
        • 3 Years Ago
        you are such a troll. you bore us. tool!
        Keven Fitzpatrick
        • 3 Years Ago
        shut your mouth you timid little girl. everybody must hate you in real life, huh? LMAO, idiot!
      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      Love you Jay, but enough with the blue Old Navy outfit already.
        flammablewater
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        What's wrong with the Canadian Tuxedo?
          Andre Neves
          • 3 Years Ago
          @flammablewater
          LoL, I google-image'd that and there's several pics of him in the results. :D
          Andre Neves
          • 3 Years Ago
          @flammablewater
          Apparently, judging by the negative score to my comment, AB users took offense to it like everything on here. Bunch of little babies if you ask me. Waaaa!
      tamaca1
      • 3 Years Ago
      Denim is to Leno as bowling shirts are to Charlie Sheen. Seriously Leno, you're making car guys look bad. Switch up the wardrobe. As for the new Beetle? I like it more than the outgoing model. It's still a flower power / girl car though.
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        Kai F. Lahmann
        • 3 Years Ago
        The basic Beetle in Europe has a 1,2l 105hp engine - for the first time since 1985 such a small engine is available in a Beetle. The last time a smaller engine was available was in 1953.
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        HardCharger
        • 3 Years Ago
        It's not a personal parking structure, it's a silo used by VW to store brand new VW's that will be sold. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autostadt
      Kuanyu Chen
      • 3 Years Ago
      Curse NBC and affiliates for holding Leno's contract in their cold death grips, otherwise Leno could have made one bloody car show proper, instead of letting the Adams (Ferrara and Corolla) running amok with their imitation of Top Gear that would never be.
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