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2012 VW Beetle

Mon Apr 18, 2011 4:42 pm

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

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RE: 2012 VW Beetle

Mon Apr 18, 2011 5:18 pm

Looks cool!!

When will it arrive in Europe?

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RE: 2012 VW Beetle

Mon Apr 18, 2011 6:18 pm

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.
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RE: 2012 VW Beetle

Mon Apr 18, 2011 7:18 pm

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
 
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RE: 2012 VW Beetle

Mon Apr 18, 2011 7:33 pm

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.
 
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RE: 2012 VW Beetle

Mon Apr 18, 2011 7:40 pm

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.
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RE: 2012 VW Beetle

Mon Apr 18, 2011 7:55 pm

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   
 
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RE: 2012 VW Beetle

Mon Apr 18, 2011 8:23 pm

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.
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RE: 2012 VW Beetle

Mon Apr 18, 2011 8:27 pm

Looks like a chubby Porsche.

I like it, though, just hope it's not as decontented as the worthless new Jetta.
 
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RE: 2012 VW Beetle

Mon Apr 18, 2011 8:35 pm

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.

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RE: 2012 VW Beetle

Mon Apr 18, 2011 9:09 pm

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   
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RE: 2012 VW Beetle

Mon Apr 18, 2011 9:40 pm

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.
 
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RE: 2012 VW Beetle

Mon Apr 18, 2011 11:34 pm

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!
 
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RE: 2012 VW Beetle

Mon Apr 18, 2011 11:46 pm

Quoting MD-90 (Reply 8):

Actually, saying that Porsches look like chubby Volkswagen is closer to the truth.
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RE: 2012 VW Beetle

Tue Apr 19, 2011 12:39 am

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.
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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.
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RE: 2012 VW Beetle

Tue Apr 19, 2011 12:58 am

Looks like a squashed Mini from the side.

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RE: 2012 VW Beetle

Tue Apr 19, 2011 1:19 am

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.
 
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RE: 2012 VW Beetle

Tue Apr 19, 2011 10:38 am

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!
 
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RE: 2012 VW Beetle

Sat Apr 23, 2011 7:34 am

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  
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RE: 2012 VW Beetle

Sat Apr 23, 2011 3:51 pm

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.

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