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The 2012 Volkswagen Beetle Is

2012 Volkswagen Beetle.

in 1998, Volkswagen captured the of the automotive press and just everyone else when launched an all-new version of the It was called, officially, the New Beetle.

more than a dozen later, VW is launching another Beetle. But it’s no longer the New It’s just the Beetle. It’s not the new Beetle? Why yes it is, but with in lower-case type.

This of letters and words illustrates a situation than just the name of the car. The round-fendered ride was long overdue for a as once-strong sales had slipped in years. But how do you redesign a car that was on a design that lasted for decades?

Enter the revised Beetle. It somewhat like the 1998-2011 New But it also looks a lot more the 1949-1979 Beetle, which in huge numbers and became a big of our automotive culture. (And I’m aware that the car continued in for other markets like America and Mexico, but for the sake of it was last sold in the U.S. as a convertible.)

This redesign is striking. The roof has that look as you might have on a car coming out of George Barris’ back in the day. It’s a meaner and leaner than the New and it’s actually a tad longer and But everyone seems to know off the bat what it is, thanks to its puffed-out and generous use of curves to form the panels.

Volkswagen doesn’t officially say it, but go ahead anyway. This is the that men can buy. It was no secret the New Beetle — with its dainty and bud vase attached to the dashboard — was by most to be a “girl’s car.”

just the broadening of its appeal to the hunter-gatherer …, the 2012 carries some rather design cues taken from the first-generation Bug. The for example, has a flat, sheet-metal with a small pop-open box that will be familiar to who every rode in the front seat of the original.

Turn and look over shoulder, and you’ll see a perfectly passenger assist handle rear seat occupants can use climbing in and out. Very And on the outside, base models stylish chrome wheel the design of which harkens to the simple hubcaps of those of Beetles that once every corner of the planet.

Of Volkswagen can’t actually the same car they used to. rear-mounted engine, with its exhaust note and leisurely curve could never muster today, both emissions and drivability standpoints. the retro body is the modern of VW Golf.

That means that the is in the front, the steering is quick and and things like air conditioning, and defrosting are a dial twist As with the New Beetle, this Bug is and up to date.

Base models with Volkswagen’s stout 2.5 five cylinder engine, for 170 horsepower and shifted by a 6-speed or 5-speed manual transmission. For the among us, a Turbo model 2.0 liters and 200 horsepower, and gets the of a really slick DSG (dual sequential gearbox) automatic.

I requested the base car for my evaluation, I was so enamored of those cool wheel inserts. The 2.5 engine just fine on acceleration, with the automatic. As a day-to-day there’s absolutely nothing with the new Beetle.

Base price is $18,995 or for the Turbo. Options can be added, but the option-less car is equipped worlds than the Beetles sold their heyday of the 1960s and And, best of all, manly enough to appeal to a beyond just fashionable women.

I’ll see you down the


Dave Kunz is the automotive at KABC-TV Channel 7 and can be heard on Car Show” Saturdays at 9 a.m. on 90.7 FM. E-mail Dave at @ pacbell.net Twitter: @dave_kunz.

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