World premiere: the new VW Beetle – more than an evolution

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The new VW Beetle – More than an evolution

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Exhibition tour Shanghai 2011: Behind the model you can see the Haval IF from Great Wall Motors from China.

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Hyundai is also trying to sell cars in China.

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The Subaru Outback is under scrutiny.

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A Spyker C8 Aileron: The Chinese also love sporty luxury.

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BMW presented the new M5 concept car.

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Hyundai’s new Cure 3.

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The new BMW M1 Coupe in the shine of lights.

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Citroen wants theirs with the DS5 "goddess" come closer.

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A mini study for the Chinese. .

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The BMW 335i Convertible is polished to a high gloss.

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No fingerprints or grains of dust may be seen on the BMW.

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BMW Vision EfficientDynamics: the electric concept car with 356 hp from Bavaria.

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The concept car of the new Mercedes A-Class is also defended by a pretty model.

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BMW also brought the 6 Series Coupe 650i to Shanghai.

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Renault’s electric study Dizir in front of the rear…

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… and from the front. The scissor doors are striking.

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After the DS3 and DS4, Citroen is celebrating its premiere in China with the DS5.

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With the Q3, Audi is rounding off its SUV range at the bottom.

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The BMW Concept M5 study develops 555 hp.

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The new A-Class from Mercedes (as a concept) attracts enormous attention.

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VW’s new Beetle was shown for the first time in Shanghai.

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A Cadillac CTS Coupe has mixed with the German racing cars.

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Chevrolet has brought a Camaro (left) and a Malibu (right).

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The Fiat 500 is still looking for new friends.

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BMW also expects double-digit growth rates for its 760 Li.

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A Subaru’s XV concept car is waiting among the models.

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The Dongfeng EJ02 is not really recognizable.

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The Audi R8 is also one of the 2,000 cars from 20 countries that can be seen at the Shanghai Auto Show.

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VW is celebrating the premiere of the new Beetle on three continents. However, the new Beetle no longer has much to do with its ancestor. Some customers will say lucky.

E.It couldn’t be a size smaller because the Beetle‘s successor to the Beetle "is the continuation of the history of an icon". At least that’s how Karl-Thomas Neumann, VW’s governor in China, sees this car. So VW hosted the Beetle premiere three times at almost the same time: in New York, Berlin and on the eve of China’s largest auto show in Shanghai. The presentation of a new car on three continents at the same time – VW can now claim this superlative for itself.

Sure, the Beetle was the defining car of the past century and is now finally arriving in the new millennium. But the past years of the were quite so glorious "icon" not. In Germany, of all places, business was bad, for several reasons.

The memories of the car, which gave many people unimagined mobility options, were not always good. Beetles were driven in the post-war period, the 50s and 60s. Two decades in which one was satisfied with little, had to be satisfied.

The Beetle was never a comfort model, and neither was its successor.

The New Beetle played with the shape of the traditional model, but was impractical, offered little space and was technically backward.

That will change. And that’s why CEO Martin Winterkorn rushed to what is currently the most important location for VW to present the new Beetle. "China is the center for technology and growth", said Winterkorn in Shanghai. VW dominates the market and wants to defend this market position vigorously. VW will invest more than ten billion euros in China by 2015, and 80,000 new jobs are to be created.

The Beetle should also contribute a small part to VW’s success story in China. The New Beetle came on the market in 1997, was introduced in China ten years ago, and has been sold a million times.

What car enthusiasts around the world saw with the new Beetle was more than an evolution: the second generation of the Beetle (which is no longer called the New Beetle) has gone from being a charming toy to a design piece that can compete against competitors like the Beetle Mini or the little Fiat 500 should compete.

The body, as if composed of three semicircles, makes space for a new domed structure, which rises steeply behind a longer hood and now runs down to the rear bumper in one sweep. The new Beetle is easily recognizable in the rear-view mirror thanks to its daytime running lights, which run from top to bottom in an outer semicircle.

With the new shape in the hardly changed format, the New Beetle not only finds its way back to the original, which was built more than 21 million times in more than 60 years between 1938 and 2003. But it will finally be a reasonably usable car: the endlessly long front section of the dashboard shrinks to a reasonable size, the entire dome of the cabin moves back a little, and even in the rear you can now sit comfortably without contortions.

The size of the trunk is still clearly arranged with a volume of 310 liters. But before that it was just a meager 209 liters (New Beetle). The rear seat backs can be folded down, the tailgate now swings wide.

The Beetle and its predecessor

The style of the Beetle and the Beetle are now getting closer again. But technically, the original and its great-grandson are worlds apart. Because even with the second new edition, there is no talk of air-cooled boxer engines in the rear. Instead, the same four-cylinder units that are known from the Golf are hidden under the hood. From 105 HP to 200 HP, the new Beetle offers everything you need for economy or driving fun. The automatic start-stop system and recuperation brake are also set, as is the dual-clutch transmission. And the usual assistance systems are not missing on board the Beetle: parking aid, blind spot control, ESP with emergency braking aid and active headlights are available.

The most economical diesel (1.6 TDI) should get by with 4.3 liters, the most economical gasoline engine with 5.9 liters. That is three liters less than its predecessor, said VW Development Board Member Ulrich Hackenberg at the presentation in Shanghai. However, Hackenberg did not speak of alternative drives. And that supports the impression that the new Beetle is more about design and appearance than about utility and reduced mobility.

This thought is reinforced by the equipment inside. Three round instruments are in the driver’s field of vision in the middle of the dashboard (rev counter, speedometer, fuel gauge), underneath is the (optional) large infotainment screen.

A nice memory is awakened by the glove compartment, which is right in front of the passenger’s eyes. And it doesn’t open with a flap on the thighs, as is usual today. "Everything has been redesigned, every part has been changed", says Hackenberg. In any case, the overall impression should trigger the desire in many viewers to own this car.

Just like the first generation of the Beetle, the Beetle II will again be built in Puebla, Mexico. The conversion of the factory has already started and sales in Germany are scheduled to start in the fall. It’s too early for prices. They are likely to be at the level of a good 18,000 euros, which was also required for the predecessor by VW. The dome-shaped two-door model shouldn’t stop there: Although VW already has two convertibles in the compact class with the Eos and the comeback of the open-top Golf, the Beetle will also be available with a fabric hood again next year.

The fact that the car is not nearly as successful in Germany as retro models such as a Mini or a Fiat 500 may scratch the pride of Lower Saxony. But as long as the Chinese and Americans are crazy about the modern kissable ball, the Beetle is of great importance to VW. In addition, that also fits into the tradition of the Beetle. Because while it had long been employed with us and made way for golf, it continued to roll off the assembly line in other corners of the world for many years.

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