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Discussion in 'Beetle News' started by Olly_K, Nov 24, 2007.

  1. Olly_K

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    Some thirteen years after the New Beetle was launched, it seems as though it is due a change.
    Ever since the launch of the Ragster concept car back in 2005, we've been wondering whether or not the new New Beetle will actually ever go ahead.
    Going on passed actions taken by VW regarding the New Microbus concept, we figured the New Bug design would follow the suit and never happen.
    Well now it's been suggested that it will happen and could be with us by 2010. [imga=right]http://www.volksworld.co.uk/imageBank/cache/n/new_bug_01_e_9379006072dbfb117a9d33544533e0e6.jpg[/imga]
    The guys on Winding Road Magazine have got together a good insight on what to expect and released a series of images claimed to be pretty damn near what we will see once the New Bug is launched, (apparently leaked from VW) which could be be as early as the November 2008 Los Angeles Motorshow.

    Although still immediately recognisable as the New Beetle, this redesigned version has had a tweak to pretty much every panel.
    What do we think of the new look? Well feelings are mixed here in the office.
    We quite like the new slab sided line of along the doors to the boot and the redesigned front and rear valances sit well with us.
    The bonnet however looks very odd with ridge running up its center, which we guess was a move to resemble the bonnet of the original Beetle.
    You may also note the front and rear lights seem to have been relocated into a more upright position resulting in raised housing within the wings.
    As for the new roof line, it does look somewhat to angular, especially toward that back window. It almost looks like a roof chop gone slightly wrong. We guess this is something to do with the new ragtop, which is another welcome feature!
    The cabriolet model looks very nice too!
    Another improved area is the overall length of the car, moving from 98.8 inches long to 101 inches. This extra length is noticed mainly by those who sit in the back as not only do they get more leg room, they no longer scuff their head on the roof lining!
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    i can't find the section with pics of new beetle i put search in can't see it, am i doing it wrong?

    i'm not keen on the current newer beetle than mine with flattened side wings, the idea of the beetle is to keep it curvy, so i can't believe they're making it more square. that be a shame if they do more crazy ideas
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    I love the design of the present new beetle, if its not broken then dont fix it I say. The curves on the beetle are what make her special, in my eyes anyway.
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    I kind of agree about the outside, but some new more fuel-efficient engines would not go amiss. :)
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    The New Beetle

    Im sure with you on that one and my hubby would agree to :) . Im out in my girl whenever I get the chance and she sure doel like the fuel lol.
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    Shamrockez evvo VIP Club Member & Moderator Staff Member

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    Does it need changing?

    Does the latest Beetle really need changing? I drive a 2001 Beetle and I love the curved lines on it. That said, the current face-lift version looks just as good. However, VW need to keep it simple or before we know it, we'll end up with a PT Cruiser!
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    Personally speaking i prefer the design of the 1st new beetles, much rounder. The rsi and later models have those shaved edge wings with the angles which i just don't think are as nice. In my opinion, the oldest (split window) bugs were the best and got worse with progression. Still any new bee is better than the majority of other car designs but then i am biased! :) Saying that, i do like the bonnet with the v shaped lines in it... I wonder if it will fit the older models? hmmm
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    Personally I dont like the new style, I agree I prefer the rounder ones, the facelift 06 onwards was ok. IMO the only thing the newbee needs is a 6th gear and a little better build quality. But the latter isn't that much of a prob as its a beetle and its quirky. :D

    New design looks like change for change sake. :(
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    We had a "W" reg newbie - year 2000 I think and I loved the body lines on that - newer shapes seem too "angular" for me...


    oh, and there is a 6th gear...






    reverse :laughing:




    errrrrmmm... I'll get my coat :exit:
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    EEk my turn to spit tea..... :laughing: :laughing: LOL:laughing: :laughing:
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    My Hubbie says it's designed to resemble a mini. Don't like it at all.
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    untill i see it face to face i cant really say!! although i do feel if they change it to much then vw will be doing the wrong thing!! they will lose so many dedicated bug lovers!!
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    looks like a MICRA!!!!!!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO DONT DO IT VOLKSWAGEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:eek:
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    i hope they dont, cos then ours would be worth nothin
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    think ours would be worth more if they stop making it

    people will want the more tradition style

    i also have 6 forward gears 6 speed trip auto
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    The one in the pic reminds me of one of those PT cruiser things.

    Don't like it.

    Give me the curves anytime.................and on the bug too lol
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    That is absolutely beautiful! I love it. I am wanting one. I am inline for a new car payment!
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    Are you mad
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    Yes, maybe a little eccentric & nutty.

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