Cars, Planes & Yachts April, 20th 2011 by Nick

Do or Don't? The new Beetle 2012

Most men (except for ) associated the previous version of the “New Beetle” with men-that-love-men. Volkswagen updated 2012 Volkswagen Beetle — you know, the one designed for the US market. At first glance, you could confuse this for a mid-cycle refresh, but look a bit closer. Look at the roofline: The windshield is more upright, the roof flatter and less bubbly and then it just trails down to a steep rear hatch. Overall, this New Beetle looks much more like an old Beetle and less like the rounded three-bubble design of the current one.And then there’s the grill. Look familiar? Yeah with that three-flat-oval design, we see a bit of tiny, tiny Cayman in that, too.

No previous Beetle was this fuel efficient. High performance no longer suffices by itself: At 4.3* l/100 km (European 1.6 TDI) and 33* mpg (American 2.0 TDI), the new Volkswagen Beetle is the most fuel-efficient Beetle ever.

The new Volkswagen Beetle is 1,808 mm wide (84 mm wider), 1,486 mm tall (12 mm lower) and 4,278 mm long (152 mm longer). This has resulted in entirely new proportions. The gain in length meant that the roof could be extended further, the front windscreen could be shifted back, and the rear section could follow the contour of the original Beetle. The new focal point is the C-pillar. In parallel, the development team increased the car’s track widths and wheelbase. All of this gives the new VW Beetle a powerful appearance with muscular tension.

Check out the photos of the less-bubbly, less girly, 2012 Volkswagen New Beetle.

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