Spy images of the redesigned 2012 Volkswagen New Beetle indicate that we should expect an evolutionary styling change. The overall design remains retro but all of the sheet metal has been replaced.
The redesigned 2012 New Beetle has the same vehicle platform as the Volkswagen Golf. Production of the New Beetle starts next year and it will continue to be assembled in Puebla, Mexico.
In an interview last October with Stefan Jacoby, who was the president and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America at the time, the next generation New Beetle is expected to offer more space for rear-seat passengers and also get improved packaging.
However, there would be no major changes to the overall dimensions of the vehicle. Jacoby said that aside from its age, the main complaint about the current car is the cramped rear seat. Since the current Beetle debuted in 1998, there actually have been very few changes made to it.
Since peaking at 83,434 units in 1999, New Beetle sales have fallen considerably since then. In 2009, VW sold 14,085 New Beetles in the US, a 47% decrease from 2008. For the year through September, 14,747 units have been sold, 27% higher than last year. [via autonews - sub. required]