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ABT Sportsline shows us a modern day VW Beetle

Any person you ask about a Volkswagen Beetle can probably distinguish it from a lineup, and that is because this car has been very popular worldwide and has been around for a very long time now. Well, one thing we also know about it is that the VW will not produce a new model anytime soon, and this is why German tuner ABT Sportsline is showing us that there still is life in the aging vehicle. You might think that is just a show car, but the special Beetle Convertible is actually a commission by a managing director of a medium sized company.

Let us first talk about the droptop vehicle’s exterior, as it features a bronze wrap with a slightly matte finish that is complemented with the black logos. It then sits on a set of 19 inch wheels with five sets of double spokes and what the firm refers to as a silver bullet finish.

Because the Beetle is quite an old model, we won’t expect it to have a super powerful engine. This is why Abt decided to install engine upgrades that pushes the 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder’s output to 286 horsepower (213 kilowatts) instead of the standard 217 horsepower (162 kilowatts). Along with the engine upgrade is a brake upgrade that includes six piston calipers and 14.57 inch (370 millimeter) rotors. The overall ride height has been lowered as well because of the new springs.

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Memminger’s latest take on the classic VW Beetle is a modern masterpiece

We’re seeing the last days of the Volkswagen Beetle. Sales of its third-generation model have not exactly been positive. But even as the Beetle’s end is impending, it won’t go out without a bang. Memminger, a small German manufacturer, has decided to give the world its version of the iconic car, and the product is absolutely beautiful.

In case you’re not familiar with Memminger, let us give you a few details. It was established in the late 1970s as a steel construction company. The very first time it restored a Beetle was just before the millennium but it eventually turned into their core business. Since then, Memminger has been building, as well as restoring Beetles with the use of the original recipe.

Today, the latest model the manufacturer has built is the Roadster 2.7, a true modern-day Beetle.

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VW Scirocco and Beetle rumored to get axed

When most of us are asked what the most recognizable Volkswagen vehicle is in history, probably the first thing that we would think of is the iconic Beetle. With around 21.5 M units distributed worldwide, there's no denying that the classic Beetle is considered one of the most popular vehicles in history.

However, all good things must come to an end, as the hard top Beetle variant is now being considered to be put on the chopping block due to the poor sales. Not only is the hardtop Beetle is loomed to be retired, but the Scirocco may also soon disappear from the brand's lineup.

Due to the slow sales of the senior models, the time has probably come to end the Beetle and the Scirocco lineage. Volkswagen board member Arno Antlitz disclosed to Autocar that the Beetle and Scirocco are considered to be solid models of an emotional and charismatic class of automobiles, but it is not always about extending cars from one gen to the next. If rumours are to be true, then the Beetle Convertible will be at least happy, as the talks say that it will be given a slim reprieve due to the fact that is more sellable compared to its hardtop variant.

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Volkswagen refreshes Beetle and Beetle Cabriolet range with new models

Volkswagen revealed that its Beetle and Beetle Cabriolet range will be revived by offering new models to the line-up. It will include the classic production version with new personalization options, Beetle Exclusive, and a special model dubbed as Denim. Indeed, it’s a treat for any Beetle lover.

This tradition, with its own lifestyle story, is expected to move forward. Take the Beetle for example, while it remains to be one of the brand’s emotional models, it will now be equipped with a host of new features. In terms of paint finish for example, two will be offered (Bottle Green Metallic and White Silver Metallic). Volkswagen will also be offering the Basic and Design trim line wherein its bumpers have been redesigned to make it sportier by having a flatter appearance.

Meanwhile the R-Line equipment line, which was previously known as the Beetle Sport, has modified bumpers fixed to it. Helping add dynamics is the ventilation opening that has been placed on top of the bumper. Both the R-Line and the Design Line are offering options, some of which are unique. These include the 17-inch Philadelphia wheels, the 18-inch Ravenna Adamantium wheels, and the tinted rear lights the use LED.

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Volkswagen of America Inc. will be selling the new 2016 Beetle Convertible 1.8T Denim limited edition at a starting Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $25,995 plus $820 in destination charge. This new offering from VW pays tribute to the 1970s Jeans Bug, and represents a fresh yet sophisticated interpretation of the iconic model.

VW will make 2016 Beetle Denim available in two exterior colors -- Pure White or Stonewashed Blue. The car’s convertible top comes in Dark Blue finish with a textured fabric resembling denim.

VW plans to offer around 2,000 production versions of the 2016 Beetle Denim across the United States, with the production run split equally between the two exterior colors.

Read the entire article Pricing of 2016 VW Beetle Convertible 1.8T Denim starts at $25,995

Bonhams and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will soon hold an auction in which Herbie and Co-star Giselle from 1977’s Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo are being offered. These iconic cars are part of the auction dubbed as the Treasures from the Dream Factory.

In the movie The Love Bug, Herbie is a white 1963 Vollkswagon Beetle that follows race car driver Jim Douglas (Dean Jones) from the showroom to his home. This film story gained such huge popularity that five more movies and two television shows were made by Disney on the anthromorphic car.

The large success story led the Herbie films to reach sales of a whopping $200 million at the box office at the time, equivalent to $725 million as per the recent currency. The Bonhams New York Herbie that was put up for sale on 23rd November was actually found in a Florida warehouse many years ago.

Read the entire article The Love Bug’s Herbie and Giselle auctioned off for $86,250

Volkswagen of America Inc. is now offering a special edition Beetle – the 2016 Beetle Denim convertible. This special edition pays tribute to the Jeans Bug in the 1970s while reviving the heritage of the Beetle brand. VW will only produce 2,000 units of the Beetle Denim, 1,000 of which will feature the Pure White exterior color and the other 1,000 will be wrapped in Stonewashed Blue.

Its convertible top, meanwhile, comes in Dark Blue with a new denim-resembling fabric. Inside, the 2016 Beetle Denim is loaded with a distinct light-blue-and-silver dash-pad as well as jeans-inspired seat pockets featuring small Beetle tabs in red. Moreover, the cloth seating surfaces – in light blue denim-color – feature white piping and dark blue leatherette accents.

For infotainment, the 2016 Beetle Denim is provided with Volkswagen’s new MIB II system, which now offers higher resolution as well as faster processing speeds.

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A new trim of the Volkswagen Beetle will be offered for sale by Volkswagen of America, Inc. in early 2016. As inspired by the classic Baja Bugs, the production version of the 2016 Beetle Dune will be offered as a new trim, making it basically a rugged version of the Beetle. It will be available initially as a coupe with sales to commence in the first quarter of 2016. A convertible variant will be available later with sales commencing in the third quarter of the year.

At launch, the 2016 Beetle Dune will be powered with a 1.8-liter direct-injection and turbocharged TSI four-cylinder engine that develops up to 170 hp of output and 184 pound-feet of torque. Power will be sent to the 18-inch Canyon aluminum-alloy wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. In terms of looks, the 2016 Beetle Dune dons an appearance that is more aggressive than other Beetle models, specifically because of elements like a new front fascia and a new rear fascia as well as well-pronounced black wheelarch extensions drifting into the model’s bumpers.

Its stance is also more aggressive with the Beetle dune’s track being around 0.6 inches wider while its ride height is around 0.4 inches higher. Giving the Dune an athletic look is a new front bumper featuring a large central air intake that widens towards the bottom edge. Another feature that makes it appear sportier is a black honeycomb screen with an aluminum-look surround gradually morphing into the front skid plate.

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VW rallycross driver Tanner Foust and well-known Porsche tuners RAUH-Welet Begriff revealed their custom VW Beetle R and announced that we will see it at the ENEOS Motor Oil booth from the 2014 SEMA Show. As you can see from the official rendering, this is no ordinary Beetle and comes with a new RAUH-Welt Begriff wide body kit and sits on custom 18-inch Motegi Racing Tracklite wheels.

Inside, there is an upgraded shift knob and a new pedal set found on VW’s R-Line accessories line.

"I love the engineering that Volkswagen puts into its cars -- they're packed with features and very capable -- and I love the stylistic cues that you see from tuners in Japan," said Foust.

Read the entire article 2014 SEMA Show: ENEOS RAUH-Welt Begriff Volkswagen Beetle

If you are a fan of the original Beetle but you love modern technology, you’d better know that Volkswagen has just introduced the Beetle Classic model. Set to go on sale this week in the United States, the 2015 Beetle Classic starts at $20,195 for the 1.8T Coupe. That’s right folks, this is the lowest priced Beetle model offered by Volkswagen, with almost $1,500 lower than the Beetle 1.8T automatic.

The Classic trim includes 17-inch Heritage aluminum-alloy wheels, a new rear spoiler as well as three colours – Pure White, Black Uni and Reflex Silver. The interior arrives with a multifunction steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake lever wrapped in leather, Sirius XM Satellite Radio, an RNS 315 navigation system, two-tone brown “Sioux” leatherette and checked cloth seating surfaces.

Volkswagen will also offer the 2015 Beetle Convertible Classic and this model will go on sale early next year with a price tag of $25,995. The Convertible will receive the same interior and exterior features as the Coupe.

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The VW Beetle GRC was first unveiled back in June but tomorrow the German vehicle will make its debut at Los Angeles rounds of Global Rallycross Series. According to the official press release, the Beetle GRC will be drive by Scott Speed, who is looking to take advantage of twice the number of points being offered. Currently, Scott Speed is third in points, behind Nelson Piquet Jr. and Ken Block.

If you don’t remember, the Beetle GRC is powered by a 1.6-liter TSI turbocharged and intercooled engine that produces 544 hp, while power is delivered to all four wheels through a fixed-ration AWD system featuring a multiplate limited-slop differentials (front and rear).

As a result, VW’s rallycar accelerates from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 2.1 seconds.

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The latest version of the VW Beetle Dune Concept was unveiled back in January at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show and made quite a buzz. As a result, Volkswagen will launch a production version of the concept car and according to Car Magazine, it will hit the dealerships in early 2016.

The new vehicle was approved by Volkswagen board in May 2014 and we expect to be similar to its concept version. The new Beetle Dune will arrive with an increased ground clearance (50 mm) and with a 29 mm stretched track.

Still, the difference between the Dune and base Beetle will be almost exclusively visual. The concept version was powered by a 2.0-liter TFSI engine that produces 210 hp delivers the power to the wheels through the six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission.

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The VW Beetle GRC is the latest rallycross car that will be driven later this season in the Red Bull Global Rallycross championship by Tanner Foust and Scott Speed. The vehicle, which will join the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team, is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder TSI turbocharged and intercooled engine that generates an astonishing 544 hp.

The engine is bolted to a sequential six-speed transmission that delivers the power through a fixed-ratio all-wheel-drive system that features multiplate limited-slip differentials at the front and rear. As a result, it zooms from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 2.1 seconds.

In addition, the car features an all-around strut-type suspension with ZF dampers and about 9.1 inches of travel to cope with the rigors of the off-road portion of a rallycross course.

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Volkswagen has unveiled its Beetle Cabriolet Karmann special model at the AMI show in Germany. The special model pays tribute to German body maker Karmann, which was responsible for building many Beetle Cabriolet cars for Volkswagen between 1949 and 1980.

The Beetle Cabriolet Karmann boasts of external features like 18-inch "Disc" design wheels with chrome caps, sport seats and leather-trimmed steering wheel,and aluminum pedals. The special model also features a dash pad with Beetle look in matt aluminum.

The model features an electric top in a new color -- Sioux Brown -- both inside and outside. It also comes with a color coordinated tarpaulin that could be matched with seven different exterior body paints.

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Volkswagen and Andretti Autosport have inked a partnership to form the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team, with an eye to compete in the 2014 rallycross program. As announced by Volkswagen of America and Andretti Sports Marketing at the Chicago Auto Show, the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team will ride in two cars as piloted by Tanner Foust and Scott Speed.

The duo will initially compete in the 2014 season with modified Polo rally cars, as underpinned by the same chassis that secures the drivers and manufacturers titles in the 2013 World Rally Championship. In the midst of the season, the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team will switch to the new GRC Beetle, a version of the third-generation Beetle that has been engineered as all-wheel-drive rallycross car. The GRC Beetle is powered by a turbocharged and direct-injection TSI engine that delivers more than 560 hp of output.

Rallycross is considered as one of the more popular motorsports in the United States, with considerable live crowds and even live TV coverage. Participants will race – against each other and against the clock – in several heats in closed course of dirt and pavement. Featuring a 70-foot jump, rallycross offers motorsports action that is intense enough to capture a wide audience across the US.

Read the entire article 2014 Chicago Auto Show: VW GRC Beetle prepares for Red Bull Global Rallycross

Volkswagen of America has disclosed pricing for the Beetle and Beetle Convertible 1.8T models that are being rolled out to dealerships. The 1.8T Beetle has a starting price of $20,295 when equipped with a five-speed manual transmission and $21,395 when fitted a six-speed automatic gearbox. The Beetle Convertible -- only available with the six-speed automatic – has a starting price of at $25,170.

Destination charge for the Beetle and Beetle Convertible is $820. The new EA888 Gen 3 turbocharged and direct-injection four-cylinder engine is designed to be lighter and more fuel-efficient. It features a new thinwall cylinder block, a cylinder head with an integrated exhaust manifold.

The new 1.8-liter TSI engine -- built at Volkswagen’s new engine site in Silao, Mexico -- is part of the Volkswagen Group’s ongoing $5 billion investment in North America. The 1.8T engine provides up to 170 horsepower of output at 4800 to 6200 rpm, the same rating produced by the outgoing 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine but at 700 fewer revs.

Read the entire article 2014 VW Beetle 1.8T starts at $20,295, Beetle Convertible costs $25,170

At the 2014 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Volkswagen unveiled the Beetle Dune Concept, a Beetle with a cool offroad look or a Beetle that wants to be a crossover. Wearing an Arizona yellow/orange metallic paintwork, the Vw Beetle Dune Concept comes with flared black wheel arches, a chrome-plated underbody protection and side trim strips on top of the sills, which are based on the legendary running boards of the original Beetle in order to underline the classy and sporty impression.

The vehicle was designed for those who love sandboarding or skiing. The skis are mounted to the outside of the trunk lid. To do this, the outer parts of the rear spoiler swivel; the skis are then placed in the spoiler, then it is closed to clamp them in place.

At the top, the skis slide into a receptacle in the specially developed roof spoiler, where they are secured by an 0.8-inch-wide belt. The roof spoiler is painted in high-gloss black, like the entire surface surrounding the transparent panoramic tilt/slide sunroof.

Read the entire article 2014 NAIAS: Vw Beetle Dune Concept wants to be a crossover

Few days ago we revealed you the first sketches with Volkswagen’s new Beetle Dune Concept. Today, two new photos showing the real thing emerged on the Web and as usual we brought them to you. Set to make its official debut next week at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the Volkswagen Beetle Dune Concept is a modern interpretation of the New Beetle Dune concept that was unveiled back in 2000 at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

According to Volkswagen, this new concept is a version closer to production. The German manufacturer wants to see if the people do like the idea of a Beetle featuring a crossover cues such as underbody protections, flared wheel arches, black moldings and big alloy wheels.

Under the hood, there is the popular 2.0-liter TFSI four-cylinder petrol engine rated at 210 hp (154 kW), mated to a six-speed duel-clutch DSG gearbox. More details to be revealed when Volkswagen will officially introduce its new concept car.

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We already know that the Vw Beetle is a phenomenon, but it appears that the German manufacturer wants to make it even bigger. If you don’t like the Beetle or the Beetle Convertible, how about a Beetle looking like a crossover? Apparently, this is what you will see at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit when Volkswagen will unveil the Beetle Dune Concept.

According to Volkswagen, the new Beetle Dune Concept comes with a cool and rugged offroad look but what’s more important is that it shows the potential for a new production version of the Beetle. The new Beetle Dune Concept was raised by two inches and features a pair of skis to the roof in order to show the vehicle’s go-anywhere intentions.

Moreover, the concept car comes with a new bumper that underlines its off road capabilities as well as bigger wheels and new side sills, as well as new rear spoiler. Still, we’re curious to see the rear of the car. Volkswagen says that the Beetle Dune Concept was inspired by the Vw Bugs that conquered beaches and dunes in the past. In the summer, simply swap the skis for a sandboard.

Read the entire article 2014 NAIAS Preview: Vw Beetle Dune Concept wants to be a production model

Volkswagen of America has disclosed that the 2014 Volkswagen Beetle GSR will have a starting price of $29,995 six-speed manual transmission models and $31,095 for six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic versions. Volkswagen will just build around 3,500 Beetle GSR for global sales. The vehicle takes its cue from the GSR (“Yellow Black Racer”) of the 1970s, thus its yellow-and-black color scheme.

Yellow dominates the model’s body and R-Line bumpers while black governs the hood, trunklid, roof, and the exterior mirror caps. The model boasts of yellow/black stripes with “GSR” lettering above the side skirts and a large rear spoiler. The Beetle GSR features 19-inch “Tornado” aluminum-alloy wheels shod with 235/40 tires and black-painted brake calipers.

The vehicle’s interior features a yellow/black theme, sport seats, and a leather-wrapped sport steering wheel. The GSR’s black-trimmed leather seating surfaces and high-grip leather-wrapped steering wheel have contrasting yellow stitching.

Read the entire article 2014 Volkswagen Beetle GSR starts at $29,995