24-11-07

"Retro VWmania winter edition

27th of December

Retro vw mania "winter editon"

more info :

www.vwmania.org


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18-11-07

Pics herfstmeeting 17nov2007

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12-11-07

Newsflash ;sunshine tour 2008

 

 

SUNSHINE TOUR 2008 @ the 19th of July

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more info

http://www.beetle-sunshinetour.de/redax/

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04-11-07

"Scheldelandroute meeting"

"Scheldelandroute Meeting "

17th of November

more info

www.new-beetle.be

Place to be ;

Wilfordkaai 23 (Temse)

Start tour @ 13Hoo

"Café De Watermolen"

Prescription before 5 th of November for Bowling & Dinner

@

 http://www.new-beetle.be/

It's also possible to only participate @ the tour "Scheldelandroute"

 

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03-11-07

Volkswagen donates New Beetle

VOLKSWAGEN DONATES NEW BEETLE TO AUCTION FOR FULFILLMENT FUND’S STARS 2007

SANTA MONICA, Calif—Volkswagen, a Universal Studios global alliance partner, will donate a 2008 New Beetle to the Fulfillment Fund as they honor Universal Pictures Chairman Marc Shmuger at the STARS 2007 Gala in Beverly Hills. The Fulfillment Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping promising yet educationally undeserved and economically disadvantaged students achieve high school graduation and access to and completion of higher education.
In celebration of the Fulfillment Fund’s 30th anniversary, the STARS 2007 Benefit Gala will take place on Tuesday, October 23rd at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. In addition to acknowledging Mr. Shmuger, the evening’s highlights will include inspiring stories of how the Fulfillment Fund has made a difference in the lives of disadvantaged youth throughout Los Angeles, an inaugural presentation of the Gitnick Visionary Award to the Fulfillment Fund founders, and a spirited live auction with Sinbad serving as one of the auctioneers. The evening also includes Vince Vaughn and Sidney Poitier as presenters and Seth Rogen as Master of Ceremonies. Academy Award-winning actor Jamie Foxx will provide the musical entertainment. 
In recognition of the global alliance between Volkswagen and Universal Studios, VW is proud to help honor Mr. Shmuger and support this event and will generously donate a 2008 VW new Beetle to be auctioned off at the Gala. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go directly to support Fulfillment Fund scholarships. 

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Stars arrive in New Beetles @ Bee-movie première

Bee- movie première & New Beetle

source ; http://www.carbuyersnotebook.com/

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WESTWOOD, Calif. --- On Sunday, October 28, 2007, a swarm of cast members and filmmakers arrived at the Los Angeles premiere of “Bee Movie” in Volkswagen “Bee-tles.” Volkswagen of America, Inc. created ten special New Beetle Convertibles for the premiere.

Each VW Beetle was wrapped in black and yellow stripes with antennas to resemble bumble bees, and created buzz as each star arrived in style.

A-list talent including Jerry Seinfeld and Jessica Seinfeld, Renée Zellweger, Patrick Warburton, Ray Liotta, Rip Torn, producer Christina Steinberg, writer Spike Feresten and directors Steve Hickner and Simon J. Smith each arrived at the yellow carpet in a VW Beetle and were dressed in yellow and black clothing to match.


Hollywood has been buzzing about Jerry Seinfeld’s new comedy “Bee Movie,” the first motion picture script written by Seinfeld. This animated film tells the story of Barry (Jerry Seinfeld), a bee who wants more out of life than the lone career that awaits him…a job making honey.

Barry's life is saved by Vanessa (Renee Zellweger), a florist in New York City. As their relationship blossoms, he discovers humans actually eat honey, and subsequently decides to sue the human race for stealing the bees’ precious honey.

Other stars at the premiere included Nicolette Sheridan, Jon Cryer, Jane Leeves, Blair Underwood, Mimi Rogers, Jeri Ryan and car-enthusiast Jay Leno, who eagerly checked out the Beetles. “Bee Movie” will be released in theatres November 2, 2007.

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02-11-07

New Beetle 2008 review

New Beetle Review 2008

source ; www.autochannel.com

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Introduction
It's hard to believe that 2008 will be the 11th year on sale for the Volkswagen New Beetle. When the car was originally introduced, Americans went crazy over the retro-themed "Bug" styling and cute flower vase protruding from its dash. Its popularity has waned over the years, however, even as interesting variants like the Turbo and TDI direct-injection diesel models came and went. For 2008, the New Beetle's oh-so-cool veneer has worn thin as it faces strong competition from more modern rivals.

Despite its age, the basic 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle still has a few things going for it. Based on the old VW Golf platform and available as a coupe or convertible, it still elicits smiles from passers-by while delivering solid German engineering, comfortable road manners and a fair amount of room for those up front. All the basics are covered in its standard price, and you can easily upgrade the Beetle's content through trim packages and stand-alone options.

But compared to newer rivals in a very competitive compact segment, the 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle claims no major advantage aside from its bubbly personality. Other small two-door coupes or hatches like the Honda Civic, Saturn Astra or VW's own Rabbit deliver superior utility, amenities and drivability at a similar or lower cost. As a convertible, the New Beetle makes a little more sense, as it likely will appeal to shoppers who value style over performance. But overall, we suggest taking a look at the competition first or even considering a certified-used New Beetle as an alternative

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle is available as a two-door hatchback coupe or convertible in two trim levels: S and SE. Base S coupe models come with 16-inch alloy wheels, air-conditioning, heated outside mirrors, power windows and locks, cruise control, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, remote keyless entry, V-Tex leatherette seat trim, satellite radio and a CD/MP3 stereo with auxiliary input jack. Upgrading to the SE nets you 17-inch alloys, heated front seats and windshield washer nozzles, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a premium audio system and a sunroof. Some of these features can be added to the S trim as options. New Beetle convertibles are similarly equipped, with the exception of a manually operated soft top on S models and a semiautomatic power drop top and wind blocker on SEs. All models can be equipped with a trunk-mounted six-disc CD changer.

Powertrains and Performance

The VW New Beetle is powered by a 2.5-liter inline five-cylinder engine that produces 150 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. Power is transmitted to the front wheels through an easy-shifting standard five-speed manual gearbox on S models. A six-speed automatic with manual shift control is standard on the SE and optional on the S. However the shifting occurs, acceleration is merely adequate. EPA-estimated fuel economy is similarly lackluster for a compact; 2008 EPA estimates for the automatic are 20 mpg city/29 mpg highway.

Safety

All New Beetles include antilock disc brakes, stability control, front seat-mounted head/thorax side-impact airbags and active front head restraints. Convertibles also feature a rollover protection system. In government crash testing, the 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle earned four out of five stars for the protection of both front occupants in frontal impacts. Side-impact testing netted a five-star rating for front passengers but only three stars for those in the rear. The independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the New Beetle a top score of "Good" for frontal-offset crash protection, but a disappointing "Poor" rating for side impacts.

Interior Design and Special Features

The four-passenger New Beetle may be stylish, but it's smaller inside than VW's own Rabbit. An expansive dashboard featuring a huge circular speedometer seems to dominate the cabin space up front, while the car's bubbly body pinches inward tightly against rear occupants. The open convertible is less of a problem in this regard, with a top that's easy to fold and well insulated from outside noise. With its top lowered, the Beetle convertible makes an especially classic and polished statement. Outward visibility is surprisingly poor on both the coupe and closed convertible, however, and both New Beetle styles suffer from tight rear hiproom and a lack of useful cargo space.

Driving Impressions

Like other Volkswagens, the 2008 New Beetle is reasonably fun to drive and provides a smooth and comfortable ride, perfect for long trips. The suspension tuning is soft but the steering is direct and sure, making it just about right for most drivers who want to play with their Bug every now and then. The 2.5-liter engine is smooth and delivers adequate if not abundant power in most situations.

 

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