Volkswagen worked with Fender, its stereo partner, to put together the concept Beetle shown at last year's Frankfurt Motor Show. The concept had an iPod dock set into amp-like mesh, a tube amp, sunburst-patterened wood trim and a trunk-mounted sub you could plug your guitar into.

Car and Driver reports that a production version is coming, perhaps before the end of the year, but it will be missing several of the components that made the concept that much cooler, like the mesh-decorated dock, the tube amp and the port in the sub. Oh, and the sunburst-pattern trim might not be made of wood.

There's plenty that could remain, though. The black concept featured special red and chrome trim, a leather roof, and sat on a lowered suspension with 19-inch wheels. Those could make it through the production transition, as well as the high-end Fender stereo system, naturally.


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      Carlos Cruz
      • 2 Years Ago
      " and the sunburst-pattern trim might not be made of wood" and that is the philosophy of the new VW, what 90% of the American consumer wont know, it wont hurt them. The other 10% can go buy and Audi.
      A P
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Fender system will be the most reliable part of the entire car.
      KAG
      • 2 Years Ago
      They just need to give us the Scirocco instead. I do like the fades Fender wood, I see Audi and Infiniti are starting to use them, hope more companies start.
      AJ
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would take a G&L over any new Fender.
      Nickoo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Love the new beetle, hurry up and come out with the TDI edition.
      starryknight936
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd give this particular model a checkout...why not?
      • 2 Years Ago
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      mr.vw
      • 2 Years Ago
      Fender bullshit!! Who really makes those speakers??? Let me guess, torsion beam rear suspension-classy!! VW is lost when it comes to North America. VW stop wasting our time with watered down cross marketed crappy cars. We want real German cars!!! Scirocco, Amarok, tiguan TDI, passat alltrack, polo. Etc.. I think on some levels it's global discrimination not even to offer your full line here. Even if it's order only. The core models suck especially if a consumer sees the European version in person ;) on a regular basis.
        Pdexter
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mr.vw
        VW is posting it's record earnings and record sales in USA and they are lost? VW is what it is with Audi making the "real German" cars.
          Carlos Cruz
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Pdexter
          Not for long, Audi will be getting a factory south of the border soon. I'm guessing to make more watered down vehicles. What's even worse is that the American consumer wont notice or care. I showed my friends my rental 2012 Jetta, and explained to them how bad it was vs the GLI I had in 2008 with similar interiors. All of them said "this new Jetta is so nice..... Steam poured from my ears.
      Myself
      • 2 Years Ago
      Fender is more than $100 million in debt so ti welcomes any deal with any company. Not to say going public in the $200 million IPO... But the pairing is kind of fitting. Both VW and Fender products are overhyped.
        AnthonyL
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Myself
        100MM of debt and equity of 200MM would give the company a Debt to Cap ratio of 0.33. In what world is that bad. Based on that factor alone (which no one would do) would give the company a ration of somewhere along the Aa range.
          Nickoo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @AnthonyL
          Read the S-1 for fender, they are barely treading water, the IPO is a last ditch effort to avoid bankruptcy. Also, they vastly overpay their executives who are not performing. Not a well run company at all, regardless of their product.
          AnthonyL
          • 2 Years Ago
          @AnthonyL
          Not having sufficient cash flows to make debt payments is completely different than having strong capital ratios. As I stated before, based off capital ratios they would be rated Aa2 to Aa1. Interest coverage is a completely different story.
      Brian
      • 2 Years Ago
      Something about a renowned musical instrument company whoring out its name and musical instrument reputation on car audio equipment just doesn't sit right with me. It makes me lose quite a bit of respect for the company. They should stick to what they are famous for and stop chasing after easy money by just throwing their name on stuff unrelated to their business. As far as the Fender Beetle goes.... VW can keep it.
      Krazeecain
      • 2 Years Ago
      OH COME ON NOT THE BEETLE! I'd love this in ANY other car than the beetle. >.<
      Scr
      • 2 Years Ago
      Anyone who plays a Fender sure as hell won't buy a Beetle. Its too bad companies like Fender and Marshall have chosen to water down their brand so badly as to start whipping out car audio and headphones. We all know that its just overpriced run-of-the mill OEM stuff rebranded. Besides, Fender is not at all about Hi-Fi, its about stringed instuments and the proper amplification for those instruments.
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