The first VW Group product to fully integrate with the Apple iPhone 5 is the Volkswagen iBeetle, which has recently been introduced at the Shanghai Motor Show. The features on the iBeetle edition include the new iPhone interface, a set of 18in alloy wheels, iBeetle badging, leather seats and a chrome pack. It starts selling in early 2014.
iPhone has been integrated into the vehicle. In particular, the unit can be fitted into the dashboard and the owner can then make use of all iPhone functions.
We also learned that a Volkswagen app is being developed. This software dubbed as the ‘Volkswagen Car Net The Beetle’ enables occupants to make use of the phone’s data connection, permitting users to stream music from Spotify, listen to Facebook or Twitter updates, or upload photos to social networking sites.
The iPhone can also be turned into a piece of extended on-board instrumentation, with displays that indicate G-force readings, oil and coolant temperatures, a chronometer and a compass. It also permits occupants to display driving times and the car’s efficiency on social networks. The new Beetle variant gets the iPhone integration as standard. It will be available on other models as an option.
"The iBeetle, which will be available in early 2014, will come with other customized features in addition to the standard iPhone interface. On the exterior, they include standard features such as 18-inch "Disc" alloy wheels (painted in "Galvano Grey" with chrome wheel covers), door mirror housings and side trim panels (above the sill) in "Galvano Grey", black door sill plates with the "iBeetle" signature, "iBeetle" chrome badges (on the front fender) and a "Chrome pack" (includes chrome trim strips on the sides). In a nod to the iPhone's color scheme, the new iBeetle can be ordered in "Candy White", "Oryx White Mother of Pearl Effect", "Black Monochrome", "Deep Black Pearl Effect", "Platinum Grey", or "Reflex Silver"." said the press release.
Compared to the 1998 New Beetle, the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle is more masculine, more dynamic and bolder. In fact, the latest iteration of the Beetle is completely different from the 1998 New Beetle.
Klaus Bischoff remarked that the latest Beetle is defined by clean yet self-confident sportiness. He noted that compared to the New Beetle, the 2012 Beetle is wider and features a lower profile. He added that the latest Beetle also comes with a longer front bonnet, which is the result of shifting the front windscreen to the back and giving it a steeper incline.
Moreover, the 2012 Beetle is now free from the three semi-circles -- front wing, rear wing, domed roof – that characterized the New Beetle. The latest model now features lower roof profile, seemingly a continuation of the Ragster concept car unveiled by VW in Detroit in 2005, which is a hot rod derived on the New Beetle.
The boldness, dynamism and masculinity of the latest Beetle are also thanks to its dimensions at 4,278 mm in length, 1,808 mm in width and 1,486 mm in height. This makes the 2012 iteration around 152 mm longer, 84 mm wider and 12 mm lower than the 1998 New Beetle. Since the 2012 Beetle is now longer, this fact has allowed VW to extend its roof, shift back its front windscreen and shape the rear section in a way that it follows the contour of the original Beetle. For the 2012 model, the focal point was the C-pillar. The increased width of the latest Beetle also allowed VW’s development team to increase its track widths and wheelbase.
As it appears, the latest Beetle clearly adopts the new Volkswagen design DNA penned by Walter de Silva and Klaus Bischoff. This could well have been seen on its front bumper, front air inlet as well as on straight lines of the bonnet edges. This could also be seen on the drawn line between the A-pillar and C-pillar as well as on the styling of the taillights.