29-02-08

Picture of the month March 2008

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28-02-08

Cincinatti Auto Show

New Beetle @ Cincinnati Auto Show

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26-02-08

New Beetle Vintage

Limited edition "vintage"

more info

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Pics of first meeting of 2008 "Ghent"

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23-02-08

First meeting of 2008

New-beetle.be's first meeting of 2008

this Sunday in Ghent

 

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21-02-08

New beetle introduced in India??

New beetle in India?

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Pune: The unveiling of the world's cheapest car, Tata Motors' Nano at just over Rs1 lakh has made India one of the world's leading markets in the sales of small car. This small car will have company at the premium end of the market too, with European majors bringing in their premium small cars.

Not to be left behind in the race, Volkswagen now plans to introduce the new Beetle, and BMW also wants to come out with its Mini. The New Beetle and the Mini are expected to carry premium price tags of around Rs20 lakh. Andreas Prinz, managing director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars, too has acknowledged the a positive demand and 'pressure' from the Indian market for Volkswagen to bring out a small car in the country.

Volkswagen is looking at importing the New Beetle, the iconic car that was truly the "people's car" in Germany. Import duties in India are the main reason for the car to be priced at approximately Rs20 lakh when it eventually makes it to Indian shores, as it will be imported as a completely built-up unit (CBU). Due to low volumes estimated at the premium end of the small car segment, it is more likely that the car would be available with a single engine configuration, which will take some analysis on the part of Volkswagen, given the "different" road conditions in India.

 Reports indicate that a possible market introduction could be on the anvil towards the end of 2008, or the beginning of 2009, as the company would need to "homologate" the New Beetle in order to avoid penalties.

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19-02-08

New-Beetle.be meeting THIS WEEKEND!

Next meeting " Verborgen Parels"

24th Of February 2008

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16-02-08

New Beetle Valentine (SE)

Valentine's Beetle (SE)

Vw sweden asked decorater Maja Braune to give the new beetle a new look for Valentine's day (14th of February).

The beetle stands in the showroom of VW in Stockholm (Sweden)

 


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Volkswagen México celebrates 10years New Beetle

Volkswagen Mexico celebrates

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Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG, opened the ceremony on the 3th of February,celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Volkswagen New Beetle in the presence of the President of Mexico, Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, and guests from politics and industry.

 At the same time, more than 300 distinguished guests in Puebla also celebrated the production of the seven millionth Volkswagen in Mexico, which is at the same time the world's one millionth New Beetle.

The New Beetle was launched on the market ten years ago in January 1998. The vehicle is still exclusively built in Mexico for markets all over the world.

Otto Lindner, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen de México, welcomed the guests. He underlined that the New Beetle was the first vehicle to be manufactured in Mexico for export worldwide. "Thanks to the success of the New Beetle, all models produced in Puebla today are exported from Mexico to over 100 countries.

" In his speech at the ceremony, Prof. Dr. Winterkorn underscored his confidence in the Mexican location. He confirmed that Volkswagen would be investing approximately one billion US$ in Mexico over the next three years for Jetta production and capacity optimization at the Puebla plant. "As our only production location in North America to date, Puebla plays a key role in our growth strategy for North America. Volkswagen de México and the Mexican supplier industry are certain to benefit from this."

Prof. Dr. Winterkorn was delighted with the celebrations in Puebla: "The New Beetle has done a good job. 10 years and one million cars after production start-up it is still an important member of the Volkswagen family. We will be continuing this success story with the next generation of the New Beetle."

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10-02-08

VW confident about succes New Beetle"

Succes of the New Beetle

The Volkswagen New Beetle was first thrust upon the world in 1998. Its release was an immediate success and thus spawned an insurgence of retro inspiration in automotive design.

However, after 10 years on the market the novelty of the bug's cutesy styling and flower holder have begun to wear off. While some rendered speculations of what a Beetle update might look like have not struck a chord, it is hopeful that VW has been holding back on dropping any hints about the future direction of its iconic vehicle. With recent comments, Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn has further added to the mystic surrounding the impending Beetle successor.

During a celebration at VW's plant in Puebla, Mexico, he called the planned replacement attractive. The comment is not much to go by though, as those who have most vehemently adored the Beetle's design have also held rather unique perspectives. On the other hand, Winterkorn added that he is certain the next generation New Beetle will be a continued success.

At least for now, it is almost certain the vehicle will be a success for Mexico, since most likely the Puebla plant will be outfitted for its production.

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06-02-08

New beetle dreaming

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03-02-08

New beetle Anniversary edition; Mex & AUS

 Anniversary edition

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Since 1998, it has been a fixture on our streets: the New Beetle. Now in 2008, the Volkswagen cult-car has been further enhanced, in the form of the New Beetle Anniversary Edition. New alloy wheels, sports suspension, a fresh colour as well as a special interior. Altogether, this results in an exciting limited edition that has made the appearance of the New Beetle even more engaging. With the Anniversary Edition we celebrate the anniversary of the international introduction of this modern interpretation of the original Beetle’s iconic design in an eye catching, limited edition, packed full of value. Based upon the affordable New Beetle Miami, the New Beetle Anniversary Edition offers a visually enhanced package, from the exclusive body colour and stripe treatment, to the 17” Versus alloy wheels and front fog lights. While the feature rich interior is dominated by the striking leatherette upholstery in a unique black and white theme and also includes front sports seats and cruise control. This exclusive version has a particular visual appearance with an exclusive Campanella white body colour contrasted by a black roof and door mirror housings. The look is completed with the distinguishing exterior stripe package. There are plenty of storage areas, such as the lockable glovebox, front door storage nets and a sunglass compartment in the headlining. Also in the centre console are the up-to-date cup holders. Additionally, there are two 12-volt outlets in the front and back. The interior comes across as very friendly with its likeable, black and white leatherette with white stitching and ‘10’ logo’s in the head restraints. Besides that, the New Beetle has a spacious feeling that seems unlimited in width and height in the front seats and offers ample space in the rear of this four-seater. Very comforting: the central door locking system with programmable automatic locking of the doors after the car starts is like a bodyguard in the big-city jungle. Electric outside mirrors and active carbon filters for the interior air are further important details that come standard. Right in the driver's door is a remote release for the 55-litre fuel tank cover as well as the cargo area. In its standard configuration, it holds 209 litres and expands to 527 litres when the seatback is collapsed.

The contouring of the body is distinctive. It transports the originality of the classic Beetle into contemporary times. The round stern, the dome-shaped roof, the rear section, the fenders with the hint of a footboard, the embedded round head - and tail lights - bring back memories of the Beetle while the sharp accented lines and windows confirm the up-to-date design and express youthful energy. The self-supporting body made out of zinc-plated sheet steel, has a twelve-year guarantee against corrosion. The firm steel body of the New Beetle as well as the synthetic guards and bumpers are painted in a specially developed process, so that the colouring is identical. By the way, as in the past, guards and bumpers are screwed on, which enables low-cost repairs. Meanwhile, the high design quality is confirmed by various international awards. The New Beetle received the coveted “Design of the Century Award” from the Industrial Designers of America (IDSA).

This honours products whose design plays a significant role in the success of the product or brand. Before that, the New Beetle had received the “Product Design Award” from the Industry Forum Design in Hannover and the award for "Good Design" from the Chicago Athenaeum.

 Part of the extensive standard equipment of the New Beetle are, amongst other things, driver and front seat passenger airbags, Head-Thorax airbag, ABS and EDS, dark-tinted side and rear window glass as well as hook-ups for the child seats in the rear.

The New Beetle Anniversary Edition is powered by a 1.6 litre petrol engine delivering 75 kW / 102 PS.The engine transmits its power through a five-speed manual transmission and a six speed automatic transmission is available as an option. The manual transmission returns a combined fuel consumption of 7.7 L / 100 kilometres and the automatic 8.1 L / 100 kilometers.

Models and Recommended Retail Pricing New Beetle Anniversary Edition - 1.6 Litre 5 Speed Manual $27,990

- 1.6 Litre 6 Speed Automatic $30,290

 

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