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User currently offlineStabilator From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (4 years 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2668 times:

What do you guys think? VW just unveiled it...personally I think it looks vastly better than the current model.

VW Beetle site: http://blogs.vw.com/beetle/?context=HomeMasthead

Enjoy!

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User currently offlineMIAspotter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (4 years 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2634 times:

Looks cool!!

When will it arrive in Europe?

MIAspotter


User currently offlineACDC8 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (4 years 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2583 times:

While I wouldn't buy one myself, I quite like the current model, its different then anything else on the road and has the lines of its heritage. I was talking to one of the salesmen at our dealership a few weeks ago about the 2012 model while my Jetta was being serviced but there weren't any pictures out at that time. It looks quite nice, but a little too Audi TTish IMHO.

User currently offlineKiwiRob From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (4 years 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2559 times:

I like it, looks modern, fresh and would make a good second car if I didn't need 4 doors.

http://blogs.vw.com/beetle/wp-content/gallery/2012-beetle/vw_red_beetle_front.jpg

http://blogs.vw.com/beetle/wp-content/gallery/2012-beetle/vw_black_beetle_profile.jpg

I really like the interior and I'm glad the dumped the stupid vase.

http://blogs.vw.com/beetle/wp-content/gallery/2012-beetle/vw_black_beetle_interior.jpg


User currently offlineGBLKD From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (4 years 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2541 times:

It's nice but I'll stick to my '68 1300 thanks.

As nice as that one up there is it's just a Golf in a pretty frock.


User currently offlineDesertJets From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (4 years 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2532 times:

I've come to not expect much from Volkswagen lately, but I think this (but just barely and not completely) makes up for the utter snoozefest that the US market 6th gen Jetta and Passat are.

Quoting GBLKD (Reply 4):
As nice as that one up there is it's just a Golf in a pretty frock.

Yeah, but a Golf is about as boring as you can get. Take the basically good things about the Golf and put it in a nicer styling package and you got something.


User currently offlineGBLKD From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (4 years 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2508 times:

Quoting DesertJets (Reply 5):
Yeah, but a Golf is about as boring as you can get. Take the basically good things about the Golf and put it in a nicer styling package and you got something.

Aye, you get a Scirrocco   


User currently offlinetype-rated From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (4 years 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2498 times:

The new beetle looks like something Chrysler would have come up with.
The lowered roofline and longer looks especially. I think it has a Chrylser vibe to it. I think the side view is reminescent of the PT Cruiser styling.



Quoting GBLKD (Reply 4):
As nice as that one up there is it's just a Golf in a pretty frock.

Since they came out with the new beetle in 1999 we've always known that. It's more evident in this new redesign.


User currently offlineMD-90 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (4 years 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2494 times:

Looks like a chubby Porsche.

I like it, though, just hope it's not as decontented as the worthless new Jetta.


User currently offlineDesertJets From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (4 years 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2487 times:

Quoting GBLKD (Reply 6):
Aye, you get a Scirrocco

The powers that be decided that us Americans don't get a Scirrocco. So the NB is the next best thing.

[Edited 2011-04-18 13:35:51]

User currently offlineSpringbok747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (4 years 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2470 times:

How is this any different from the current beetle? It just looks a little flattened/squashed. Actually it looks like a hybrid between a Porsche and a PT cruiser   

User currently offlineFly2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (4 years 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2452 times:

Definitely an improvement over the current one. I wouldn't be too embarrassed to be seen in the new version, unlike the first New Beetle. The (old) New Beetle had waaaay too much estrogen all over it.

Still, I much rather get a GTI over this.


User currently offlineKent350787 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (4 years 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2405 times:

Meh - I loved the idea of the original "New Beetle" (my first car was a '57 Beetle Special), but its fashion status tired quickly, although sales limped on. Give me a Scirocco any day for a 2d!

User currently offlineBMI727 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (4 years 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2392 times:

Quoting MD-90 (Reply 8):

Actually, saying that Porsches look like chubby Volkswagen is closer to the truth.


User currently offlineTSS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (4 years 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2370 times:

Quoting Stabilator (Thread starter):
personally I think it looks vastly better than the current model.

Agreed. I'd say more along those lines, but Fly2HMO already said what I was gonna say almost word-for-word, including making reference to the excessive estrogen content of the current New Beetle:

Quoting Fly2HMO (Reply 11):
Definitely an improvement over the current one. I wouldn't be too embarrassed to be seen in the new version, unlike the first New Beetle. The (old) New Beetle had waaaay too much estrogen all over it.
Quoting GBLKD (Reply 4):
As nice as that one up there is it's just a Golf in a pretty frock.

True, but now it's a Golf in a frock that's actually attractive and suited to it's mission in life. The previous New Beetle was a little too self-consciously "cutesie-poo", kind of like Baby Jane Hudson trying to recreate her vaudeville act 40 years after it went stale.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ck-Uo52MOg

Quoting MD-90 (Reply 8):
Looks like a chubby Porsche.

The (New) New Beetle does seem to have a foreshortened early 911 Carrera look about it.


User currently offlineiflykpdx From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (4 years 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2353 times:

Looks like a squashed Mini from the side.

[Edited 2011-04-18 17:58:29]

User currently offlinecpd From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (4 years 1 day ago) and read 2336 times:

Nice interior finish - but why not just buy a Golf instead?

Probably much more practical and cheaper too. Plus it doesn't have what we tend to call here the "latte set" image.


User currently offlineKiwiRob From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (4 years 15 hours ago) and read 2243 times:

Quoting cpd (Reply 16):
Nice interior finish - but why not just buy a Golf instead?

So if you take it to the extreme why should anyone buy a TT, A3, Q3, Octavia, Yeti, Superb, Altea, Leon, Toledo, Jetta, Tiguan, Eos, Sirocco, Caddy, Touran, they should just buy a Golf!


User currently offlinecolumba From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (3 years 12 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2084 times:

I like it, if kids are not an option in two years when my lease runs out I definetly consider that one otherwise it will be a Jetta or Passat  

User currently offlinegreasespot From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (3 years 12 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2025 times:

Quoting cpd (Reply 16):
Nice interior finish - but why not just buy a Golf instead?

Um because it is not a golf. Most people buy a car based on what the exterior looks like.


This is a huge improvement. If I did not have a big dog it would be something I would love to have.

Gs


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