Saturday, February 17, 2007

New New Beetle could look like this

Image source: Auto Motor und SportThe New Beetle is single-handedly responsible for Volkswagen's comeback in the late 90s, yet is the only model that receives the least attention by Volkswagen. The New Beetle has remained the same for almost ten years, thirteen years of you count the Concept 1 unveiled in the 1994 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Heck, it took Volkswagen eight years just to give it a slight refresh. And if you think about it, the New Beetle does pose a dilemma for Volkswagen. How can you redesign an iconic design?

German mag Auto Motor und Sport has obtained sketches of what the New Beetle's predecessor could look like. The source of these sketches are unknown so there is no way of knowing if these are official Volkswagen drawings but what it depicts is a bold change for the Bug. Everything about the car seems longer than the original, from the longer hood to the longer body. Another noticeable detail is the less bulbous wheel arches. All these little features add up to a car that looks like a conventional hatchback, which is not necessarily a bad thing, especially for the Beetle. The convertible version looks sleeker than the current Beetle Convertible and also reveals that the rear will drop the round taillights found on the current Beetle. This could mean the same for the front of the car as well.

These sketches, though not officially from Volkswagen are good indications of what we can expect in the forthcoming model, which, according to AMS, should arrive in 2010. Finally, the Beetle can grow up and evolve; pick up from where the current one left off.


Anonymous tracy said...

The new Beetle looks good. I wonder what new features and auto parts would be added to these new car? Well, knowing VW as one of the top makers of cars and car parts like that of Volkswagen tie rods, this new car would be as exciting as that of the other vehicles. We have to wait till its available in the market and hoping that it won't be that pricey.

Mon. Feb. 19, 06:43:00 p.m.  
Blogger Timothy R. Butler said...

I think it looks terrible. It's a fine car, but not a Beetle. The Beetle's arched roofline is great for its headroom and it is a cheerful car. What makes it a Beetle? That looks more like a sporty car. It might attract people who'd buy a TDI, but I don't think it'd appeal to those of us who buy Beetles.

I think they can slowly change the look, but it needs to be a gradual evolution over several models, not a big jump. A big jump will all but eliminate any glow the Beetle name can lend to the car.

I'd probably just buy a Jetta (or a Rabbit) before I'd buy that car.

Thu. Mar. 01, 02:32:00 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm...looks like a Honda to me. If VW is actually going to produce that car then they should name it something else.

Wed. Jun. 06, 07:32:00 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BMW's Mini line has the same "problem" of being iconic design, yet, they pulled it off making it an ongoing success story. How do they do it? They made it an almost fully customizeable product. Almost no two Minis on the road are the same. By contrast, Volkswagen tried to make their icon a streamlined mass-market product and limited choices to a minimum. Also, how could they kill the 1.8T engine and not bring the 2.0 FSI? And where's the S tronic on the Beetle??

Mon. Jul. 09, 03:38:00 p.m.  

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