We've never won a free car, but we bet it would be one helluva good feeling. But waiting a year for that very new ride? That has to be plenty painful. A year has passed since Oprah gave away 275 2012 Volkswagen Beetle models during her final "Favorite Things" episode, but those audience members didn't drive off the lot with their new ride. Since the Beetle was still a year away from production, audience members didn't even get to see what their new car looked like.

But while the wait was likely difficult, those lucky audience member are finally getting their high-five-inducing Bug. The Car Connection reports that the first 25 deliveries are taking place at a VW dealership in Orland Park, IL, and Volkswagen of America CEO Jonathan Browning will be present to hand over the keys. The remaining winners will reportedly receive their Beetle within the next few weeks.

As an added kicker to those 275 soon-to-be new Bug owners, the cash to take care of taxes and fees are also going to be provided. We're guessing the wait will be well worth the reward.


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      Basil Exposition
      • 3 Years Ago
      "the cash to take care of taxes and fees are also going to be provided." Say what you want, that's class.
        lemonite
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Basil Exposition
        Or, rather, "preventing backlash that happened the last time". People got in trouble with the IRS because they didn't realize they had to pay taxes on the cars/houses that they won; naturally, Oprah/gifter was blamed.
      Brian McKay
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oprah Winfrey didn't give any Volkswagen cars one year ago. Oprah didn't give any Volkswagen cars this week. Volkswagen of America is giving cars and money. The end.
      Sekinu2
      • 3 Years Ago
      Id have mine presold before I got there and then and went and bought a nice American made car unlike Ophrah I support American products.
      You guy
      • 3 Years Ago
      1) Oprah could afford to do this out of pocket, if she wanted. She's a billionaire. 2) I bet whomever paid, got a bulk rate and/or a fleet discount. 3) You still couldn't get me to take a free VW.
      lynnbrown45
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's her money and she can spend it any way she wants ..... and does! I only have two comments on this 1) BUY AMERICAN MADE and 2) just my own opinion but wouldn't the money for these cars have been better spent on food or shelters for the needy ?? just saying However, it was a nice gesture !
        fjludu
        • 3 Years Ago
        @lynnbrown45
        You are right, Sopend it on the poor. Nice gesture, my a**
      changedmoon
      • 3 Years Ago
      actually alot of the people shows gift things too usually dont need them as much as many others out there . most of those folks on oprah could easily buy their own beetle...
      cherisurprise
      • 3 Years Ago
      Debra,,,, agreed! I say the same thing about the Extreem Makeover Home Edition show. By the time they are done building one house,,,, they could have fixed a whole block in my neighborhood. Seems that us poor folk will always be this way... POOR!
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Richard Rinck
      • 3 Years Ago
      The last time she gave cars away the dealer backed the cars.
      Car Guy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oprah has gone down hill -- big time. She lost a lot of fans when she broke from her non-partisan views on her show and turned it into an Obama love fest. Her subsequent network, OWN, has really been a dud and she's forced to do her own shows again in a desperate attempt to keep things afloat. When Rosie O'Donnell is your only other show host on the network, you are in huge trouble.
      Master Austin
      • 3 Years Ago
      So she left them behind with an unreliable brand that they'll be frequenting the dealership with...Wow...
      • 3 Years Ago
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