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 |  Jun 27 2014, 5:01 PM


Starting next month, Volkswagen Beetle shoppers will be able to opt for a Premium Package.

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 |  Apr 17 2014, 4:20 PM


Volkswagen has recalled over 26,000 vehicles for a possible fire hazard.

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 |  Apr 08 2014, 9:20 PM


Volkswagen has requested its dealerships to stop selling four vehicles starting immediately.

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 |  Feb 09 2014, 8:32 PM


Volkswagen will be competing in this year’s Summer X Games with a pair of modified Beetles sporting over 560 hp.

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 |  Feb 06 2014, 8:16 AM


Tanner Foust and former F1 driver Scott Speed will pilot a pair of Volkswagen Beetles with some serious balls starting at the June Summer X Games in Austin, Texas. 

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 |  Jan 29 2014, 7:32 PM


Volkswagen is celebrating 65 years of its iconic Beetle model in the U.S.

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 |  May 03 2013, 9:43 AM


Volkswagen has announced pricing for the range-topping Beetle R-Line, which will carry a MSRP of $30,930, and new specs for its turbo engine that now makes 10 extra horsepower.

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 |  Dec 05 2012, 8:35 PM

The new Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid has achieved an EPA-estimated 48 mpg on the highway and 42 mpg in the city, making it the seventh vehicle in the German automaker’s lineup that is capable of over 40 mpg on the highway.

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 |  Nov 05 2012, 9:02 AM

A special edition Volkswagen Beetle is heading to Spain, paying tribute to “Herbie, ” the anthropomorphic Volkswagen Beetle.

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 |  Oct 31 2012, 9:01 PM

Previewed prior to the opening of the 2012 SEMA Show, several Volkswagen Beetles were scattered throughout the Las Vegas Convention Center, seemingly as if they had no home.

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 |  Oct 30 2012, 7:01 AM

Volkswagen has announced its lineup of customized vehicles heading to the 2012 SEMA Show, with its Beetle model being the star.

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 |  Sep 12 2012, 10:33 AM

Based on the top of the line Beetle Sport model, Volkswagen now offers the R-Line appearance package, which kicks up the small cars style both inside and out. 

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 |  Jul 19 2012, 1:02 PM

We’ve known for quite some time now that the Volkswagen Beetle Convertible will debut at this year’s LA Auto Show, and the automaker has also revealed that it would launch with retro special edition models.

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 |  Jun 01 2012, 4:45 PM

Volkswagen will be showcasing four new models at the upcoming Auto Mobil International (AMI) show in Leipzig, from the CC, Scirocco, Beetle, and Polo ranges.

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 |  May 31 2012, 5:45 PM

Slated to go on sale in the U.S., Europe and other markets this fall, the special VW Beetle Fender Edition made the jump from concept to reality thanks to a warm reception after its debut in Frankfurt last year.

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 |  May 25 2012, 9:45 AM

The 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible is scheduled to be revealed at the LA Auto Show this year and the German automaker will kick off its launch with at least three special edition variants.

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 |  May 24 2012, 10:31 AM

Volkswagen seems to have a history of launching cars with special editions right away. That’s exactly what they’re planning to do with the new Volkswagen Beetle Convertible, which will be bowing with three special editions, each inspired by the styling of a decade. 

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 |  May 10 2012, 10:45 AM

At last year’s Frankfurt Auto Show, Volkswagen displayed a Beetle “Fender Edition” concept car that paid homage to the legendary guitar brand based out of the U.S. A year later, the German automaker has decided to offer the package to interested buyers.

Unfortunately the production model won’t be as cool as the concept, which featured the ability to connect an electric guitar to a subwoofer of the Fender sound system. A subwoofer will still be in the production model, but musicians will have to plug it in via an aux-in port or through Bluetooth by means of a smartphone app. Missing will also be the auxiliary tube amplifier located on top of the dash.

What buyers will get however are 19-inch wheels and a leather-coated roof along with a high-gloss black paint job with red accents. The door mirror covers, handles, side sill accents, VW badge, exhaust tips, and trim strip beneath the side windows will be finished in chrome. The Beetle Fender Edition concept was also lowered 1.2-inch, though we expect the production model won’t be as drastic. On the hood is a guitar pick decal while the original Fender signature can be seen underneath the VW badge on the trunk.

Inside the Fender Edition Beetle, what will remain is its unique ‘Sunburst’ two-tone wood design pattern that’s seen on many Fender guitars. And of course there will be a high-end stereo system to enjoy your beats while driving around town.

GALLERY: Volkswagen Beetle Fender Edition


[Source: Car and Driver]

 |  Apr 24 2012, 1:01 PM

The Volkswagen Jetta will see a new top-of-the-line trim level called the SEL Plus later this year, though the more exciting news is that Volkswagen plans to replace its 2.5-liter inline-four with a 1.8-liter turbo-four next year.

The new high-end SEL Plus trim will see softer-touch materials in the interior, and like the GLI model, the American counterpart will more closely resemble all the upgrades and refinements seen in the European version, including electric power steering.

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 |  Apr 23 2012, 5:02 PM

The Volkswagen Beetle is an iconic car. From the beaches of California to remote German towns, the Beetle is instantly recognizable by the locals. 

While the new Beetle is stylish, the classic original body style of the German mini car is what is known throughout the world.

The video below is a series of 500 different classic Beetles, all found sitting on the streets of various Mexican cities. Thanks to the dry climate, and lack of road salt, countries like Mexico become hot beds for antique cars to go and live out their final days because they don’t rust.

Watch all 500 Beetle’s flash by in the video below.

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 |  Apr 08 2012, 11:02 AM

When the 1973 Volkswagen Beetle first came out, it was powered by a 1.3L air-cooled engine with a mere 44-hp. Considering there are over 70 cars that make 500-hp or more, the stock Beetle powerplant just doesn’t cut it these days.

So imagine what this Beetle feels like packing at least 282-hp with a 2.0L turbocharged, boxer Subaru WRX STi engine in the rear. This swapped Volkswagen Beetle is up for sale on a Romanian website for a ridiculous $79,500 (€59,990). With it though, are Porsche-sourced brakes, wheels, and other accessories.

We imagine it’s probably a ton of fun trying to control this Beetle on the road and is definitely an interesting choice of engine swap donor and donee.

GALLERY: Subaru WRX STi Powered VW Beetle


[Source: Webcar via Carscoop]

 |  Mar 21 2012, 7:31 PM

There’s no doubt that the redesigned 2012 Volkswagen Beetle is sportier and less “bubbly” than the previous model, but is it really attracting more male buyers?

When Volkswagen released its New Beetle in 1998, it was clearly built for the female demographic with its cute, round body and flower vase. Try as it might, the German automaker was unable to shake that image over the last decade until the newer Beetle debuted.

“One of the goals, obviously, was to potentially attract a more-balanced buyer group,” said Tim Mahoney, VW’s U.S. chief product and marketing officer said. “We’re seeing that happen.”

According to sales statistics of the new 2012 VW Beetle that hit dealerships in September of 2011, 43-percent of its buyers in America are men. Compared to the 29-percent from a year earlier with the older model. In December alone, half of Beetle buyers were male compared to the 36-percent a year earlier.

Even still, we’re not convinced the “chick car” stigma is really gone. It’s still easy to imagine the ribbing you might get after pulling up to your buddy’s place in one of these.

[Source: Bloomberg]

 |  Feb 22 2012, 9:31 AM


The latest generation of the classic Volkswagen Beetle has been well received in its newest form, and will continue to get attention from VW to expand its customer base. Coming next for the new Beetle will be a soft top convertible option, which our photographers recently grabbed some spy photos of.

The Beetle convertible will likely be available with both of the powertrain options offered on standard Beetle, a 2.5L five-cylinder with a six-speed automatic, or a 2.0L TSI turbocharged four-cylinder with a DSG six-speed dual-clutch automatic. The larger 2.5L motor makes 170-hp and 177 lb-ft of torque, while the smaller displacement turbo variant puts out 200-hp and 207 lb-ft of torque.

The Beetle TDI debuted at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show, and we are hopeful that the 2.0L diesel engine will find its way into the convertible, but it doesn’t seem likely.

Look for the drop-top Bug to bow at the New York Auto Show in April.

GALLERY: Volkswagen Beetle Convertible


 |  Feb 09 2012, 7:45 AM

10. Chevy Impala: 14M units sold


The numbers are always changing and a new list of the Top 10 best-selling vehicles in history, compiled by 24/7 Wall St. has a new model on top.

There are some surprises on the list, but for the most part it all makes sense. Whether they’ve been in production for a long time or they’re reasonably priced worldwide, the top 10 best-selling cars of all time might not be the most exciting, but are clearly the most popular throughout history.

The Chevrolet Impala is the only GM vehicle on the list and has quite the history since hitting the market 54 years ago. Starting its life as a large two-door performance coupe, the Impala evolved into a versatile sedan. Or as we like to call it, a rental car. Ironically, it isn’t actually offered as a coupe anymore, which seems like a distant memory after 10 generations of upgrades.