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2012 Volkswagen Beetle – the grown up bug unveiled

     Volkswagen unveiled its iconic Beetle at shanghai in a new avatar which is slated for 2012 launch. The car was simultaneously unveiled at New York and an event was organised in Berlin as well. 2012 Beetle as it is called is based on the ‘New Beetle’ which was introduced in 1998 and sold over million units before it was discontinued last year. From every angle the car resembles the old Beetle launched in 1969 though the company emphasizes that everything from an inch has been re-designed.


     The 2012 Beetle’s is 4278mm long, 1808mm wide and 1486mm tall which means it is longer, broader and shorter than the previous model. The car designed under direction of VW Group design chief Walter de’Silva and VW brand design boss Klaus Bischoff gets sharper, squarer bumpers and a more rakish roofline making it to look more masculine. Klaus Bischoff says that he has done everything that he could to make the car appeal to the male audience.


     The major changes are in the interior and the rear of the car. The round cute looking tail lamps are replaced by a sportier semi-circular one. A tiny spoiler on the end of the rear window indeed makes it a man’s car.






     Under the hood of the 2012 Beetle are 3 petrol and 2 diesel engine options. The petrol engines with 1.2L, 1.4L and 2.0L capacity produces 103 Bhp, 158 Bhp and 197 Bhp respectively. The diesel engines have capacity of 1.6L and 2.0L with power of 103 Bhp and 138 Bhp respectively. Transmission is to the front wheel through 6 speed manual gear box though VW’s seven speed dual clutch transmission will be offered as an option.


2012 Volkswagen Beetle unveiling at New York

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