Two American icons – the Volkswagen Beetle and Oprah Winfrey – got together as the famous talk show host recently gave away a new Beetle to each of her 275 audience members.
Only a silhouette of the new car was shown on the TV program and to date, no official images have been released for the car that’s set to be unveiled in the spring and to arrive in showrooms next fall. VW will cover applicable taxes and fees for the giveaway.
It’s expected that this vehicle will have sleeker styling with a stretched-out roofline – a cue shared with the 2005 Ragster concept. In a statement, Jonathan Browning, head of VW of America, said that when the Oprah show approached the carmaker with this “incredible opportunity to share her Beetle experience with deserving viewers,”
VW didn’t hesitate to take part. The 2012 Beetle will be available in gasoline, hybrid and diesel versions. There will also be a convertible version.
This new Beetle, a front-wheel-drive car, is expected to offer better handling than the current model. VW has already confirmed that this Beetle will feature dual exhaust, sport seats, 19-inch wheels and ambient lighting. [via autonews - sub. required]