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Volkswagen New Beetle

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A coupe produced by Volkswagen.  With styling reminiscent of the original Volkswagen Beetle, it was one of the first "retro cars" of the late 1990's/early 2000's era. Underneath the styling, however, the vehicle was front wheel drive and loosely based on the Volkswagen Golf platform.

Awards and acknowledgements include:
A Value Car Book 2000 (by Jack Gillis) Best Bet in the Subcompact category.
The 1998 New Beetle was #23 on USA Today's "25 cars that made a difference" list (Cars, trucks with impact, 2007)

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Volkswagen New Beetle page on 25 July 2016, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Volkswagen Beetle (also sold as the Volkswagen Coccinelle, Volkswagen Maggiolino, Volkswagen Fusca in some countries) is a compact car manufactured and marketed by Volkswagen introduced in 2011 for the 2012 model year, as the successor to the New Beetle launched in 1997. It features a lower profile while retaining an overall shape recalling the original Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle.

One of Volkswagen's goals with the model was to give it a more aggressive appearance while giving it some stylistic aspects reminiscent of the Beetle's design. This was an attempt to distance the new model from the Volkswagen New Beetle, produced from 1997 to 2011, which never approached the success of the first Beetle.

The second generation "new" Beetle shares the "A5" (PQ35) platform with the current Volkswagen Jetta and is built alongside the Jetta, Golf Variant and the old Jetta ("Clásico") at Volkswagen's plant in Puebla, Mexico. It is longer than the previous New Beetle (now 4,278 mm (168.4 in) and also has a lower profile, 12 mm (0.5 in) lower than its predecessor, and 88 mm (3.5 in) wider. The trunk is now 310 L (11 cu ft), up from 209 L (7.4 cu ft).

A convertible version followed the coupé for the 2013 model year, first shown at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2012 when it also went on sale. A performance version, called Beetle R, is projected to follow later.

Launch

On 22 November 2010, on the final episode of the Oprah's Favorite Things special, Oprah Winfrey and Volkswagen announced every audience member that day would receive one of the Beetles upon its release in 2011. VW staff gave the audience their special keys to the car. This was followed by a teaser commercial during Super Bowl XLV in February 2011.

To celebrate the global reveal, VW partnered with MTV, to make a debut on three continents on 18 April. The reveal began in Shanghai, China with a MTV Sound System celebration hosted by MTV VJs, followed by MTV World Stage events in Berlin and New York City.

On 18 April 2011, the 2012 model was unveiled as the Volkswagen Beetle, dropping the word "New" from its name. It debuted at Auto Shanghai and the New York Auto Show.

During the marketing campaign at Mexico, it was advertised as "The new Vocho" (oddly in English) in the "Das Auto" marketing campaign.


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1998 BookBeetle: Volkswagen's Little Giant: From Old Reliable to New Sensation by The Auto Editors of Consumer Guide; Publications International, Ltd.
1998 Bookthe new vw beetle: the creation of a twenty first century classic by Jonathan Wood; CLB


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Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
October 1998Redesigned Air Bag Special Study (RABSS)
SCI Technical Summary Report
RABSS Vehicle - 1998 Volkswagen New Beetle
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 166KB - 12 pages
December 1999SCI/NASS Combination Case Report
Vehicle - 1998 Volkswagen New Beetle
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 322KB - 10 pages
October 2002SCI-1 On-Site Child Safety Seat Crash Investigation
SCI Technical Summary Report
Vehicle - 1998 Volkswagen Beetle
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 390KB - 21 pages
November 2003General Dynamics Remote Side Impact Inflatable Occupant Protection Investigation
SCI Technical Summary Report
Vehicle - 2001 Volkswagen New Beetle
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 245KB - 14 pages
July 2004Child Safety Seat Fatality Investigation / Vehicle to Vehicle
2004 Volkswagen New Beetle
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 4,086KB - 30 pages
30 September 2004Vehicle Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 208, Occupant Crash Protection; FMVSS 212, Windshield Mounting; FMVSS 219, Windshield Intrustion (Partial); FMVSS 301, Fuel System Integrity
2004 Volkswagen Beetle Passenger Car
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 29.6MB - 422 pages
June 2005On-Site Certified Advanced 208-Compliant Vehicle Crash Investigation
Vehicle: 2005 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

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- 657KB - 12 pages


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
29 May 2007Iconic Beetle For 2007, TheAnthony Fontanelle
9 August 2007Modern Beetle For 2010Anthony Fontanelle
8 October 2007VW Beetle: The Flirtiest Car For WomenAnthony Fontanelle
8 April 2009Free Death Penalty Forum - worth $75??? Gus Philpott, The Woodstock Advocate


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