Volkswagen New Beetle
|1997 to 2010|
|Also called||Volkswagen Beetle (Mexico) Volkswagen Bjalla (Iceland)|
|Production||October 1997–July 2010|
|Assembly||1997–1999: Wolfsburg, Germany 1998–2010: Puebla, Mexico 2010–present: Hai Phong, Vietnam (CKD by World Auto)|
|Designer||J Mays, Freeman Thomas, Peter Schreyer|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||2-door hatchback 2-door convertible|
|Layout||front engine, front-wheel drive, 4motion all-wheel drive|
|Platform||Volkswagen Group A4 (PQ34) platform|
|Related||Audi A3 Mk1 Audi TT Mk1 SEAT León Mk1 SEAT Toledo Mk2 Škoda Octavia Mk1 Volkswagen Golf Mk4 Volkswagen Jetta/Bora|
|Engine||petrol engines: 1.4 L I4 16 valve 1.6 L I4 1.8 L I4 Turbocharged 2.0 L I4 2.3 L VR5 20 valve 2.5 L I5 20 valve 3.2 L VR6 24 valve (RSI) diesel engines: 1.9 L I4 TDI|
|Transmission||5-speed manual 6-speed manual 4-speed automatic 6-speed automatic tiptronic|
|Wheelbase||2,515 mm (99 in)|
|Length||4,129 mm (163 in)|
|Width||1,721 mm (68 in)|
|Height||59.5 in (1,511 mm) (1998–2000), 1,498 mm (59 in) (hatch 2003–present), 59.1 in (1,501 mm) (convertible)|
|Successor||Volkswagen Beetle (A5)|
The Volkswagen New Beetle is a compact car, introduced by Volkswagen in 1997, drawing heavy inspiration from the exterior design of the original Beetle. Unlike the original Beetle, the New Beetle has its engine in the front driving the front wheels, with luggage storage in the rear. Many special editions have been released, such as the Malibu Barbie New Beetle. In May 2010, Volkswagen announced that production of the current body of the New Beetle would cease in 2011.
In 2011, a new model replaced the New Beetle, called simply the Volkswagen Beetle.
At the 1994 North American International Auto Show, Volkswagen unveiled the Concept One, a "retro"-themed concept car with a resemblance to the original Volkswagen Beetle. Designed by J Mays and Freeman Thomas at the company's California design studio,the concept car was based on the platform of the Volkswagen Polo. A red cabriolet concept was featured at the Geneva Motor Show, also in 1994.
In 1995, a new version of the Concept One was shown, in the Tokyo Motor Show. This one had major restyling and looked a lot like the final production version, launched in 1998.
Strong public reaction to the Concept 1 convinced the company that it should develop a production version which was launched as the New Beetle in 1997, based on the Golf IV's larger PQ34 platform. The New Beetle is related to the original only in name and appearance (including the absence of a car emblem script with the exception of the VW logo). For the 1998 model year, only the TDI compression-ignition engine was turbocharged; the spark-ignition engines were only naturally aspirated. In June 1999, Volkswagen introduced the 1.8T, which was the first turbocharged spark-ignition engine offered for the New Beetle. Volkswagen created a Web site dedicated specifically to the 1.8T. A convertible was added in mid year 2003 to replace the Volkswagen Cabrio. However, the New Beetle Convertible was never offered with a compression-ignition engine in North America.
The New Beetle carries many design similarities with the original VW Beetle: separate wings, vestigial running boards, sloping headlamps and large round tail lights, as well as a high rounded roofline. It is assembled currently in VW Puebla factory in Mexico.
The Volkswagen New Beetle was the car that started the retro-futurist design craze. It was a modernized version of the legendary VW Beetle and struck a chord with consumers who had grown tired of standard conservative car designs and had fond memories of the "Bugs" from popular culture.
|Options: Equipment included on some trim levels|
The car achieved five stars in the 2011 Euro NCAP tests compared to four stars in the 2000 Euro NCAP tests scoring 25 points (33 to reach five stars).
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the New Beetle a Good overall score in their frontal crash test. 2004 models come standard with side airbags; however, the IIHS rated the Beetle Poor in their side impact test.
United States models
Engines choices include the 115 hp (86 kW) 2.0 L inline-four for the base model, the 100 hp (75 kW) 1.9 L TDI turbo diesel inline-four (discontinued after the 2006 model year due to more stringent emissions requirements), and the 150 hp (112 kW) 1.8 L turbo inline-four for the Turbo and Sport models .
The Turbo S model (sold 2002–2004) included the 1.8 L turbo but with 180 hp (134 kW). It also included a sport suspension, six-speed manual transmission, aluminum interior trim, revised front/rear fascias and bigger wheels and tires. A close relative of the Turbo S was the 2002–2004 Color Concept. This limited edition variant was available in limited exterior colors, with interior door panel inserts, seat inserts, floor mat piping and wheel opening inserts color-matched to the exterior paint. Wheel color inserts, diameter, and style varied with model year. It came standard with the 150hp (110kw) 1.8 turbo gasoline engine, 5 speed manual gear box, speed-activated rear spoiler, power windows/sunroof/door locks, heated leather seats, and fog lamps.
All 1.8L Turbo and Turbo S inline-four models were equipped with a retractable rear spoiler which was not available on the 1.9 L TDI inline-4, 2.0 L inline-four and 2.5 L inline-five models.
For the 2006 model, the exterior was slightly redesigned with more angular bumpers and wheel wells, and fitted with the 2.5 L straight-five base engine with 150 hp (112 kW), which was the only engine option from that point on.
2.3 V5 Sport Performance
|Top Speed||131 mph|
|0-60 mph||8.4 secs|
|Torque||220 Nm, 162 ft-lb|
|CO2 Emissions||214 g/km|
|Euro Emissions Standard||4|
|Miles Per Tank||375 miles|
2006 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet side view
It is a limited (250 units) version of New Beetle. It included a 224 PS (165 kW; 221 hp) 3.2 litre VR6 engine, a 6-speed gearbox, and Volkswagen's four-wheel drive system 4motion, Remus twin-pipe exhaust. It was rumoured Porsche tuned the suspension but this was carried out in-house at VW Individual. The suspension was greatly altered at the rear, with geometry more geared to the race track and a rear cross brace behind the rear seats, 80 mm (3.1 in) wider fenders, unique front and rear bumpers, a rear diffuser, large rear wing, and 18x9 OZ Superturismo wheels with 235/40ZR-18 tyres. Inside, it was trimmed in carbon fiber, billet aluminium, and bright orange leather. The front seats were Recaro racing buckets. Notable disadvantages found were loud cabin noise and low rear tire life.
At the 2005 North American International Auto Show, the Volkswagen New Beetle Ragster concept car was introduced. It was supposed to be a preview of the future design of the New Beetle. The base of the Ragster (the name denoting a cross between a "ragtop" and a speedster) was a New Beetle Convertible modified with a new roof, giving it a much lower roofline, and a unique paint job with silver double stripes. The interior differs from the original New Beetle, being a 2+2, and having distinctive control dials The Ragster's rear-view mirror is mounted on its dashboard, a retro feature, reminiscent of the first Type 1s.
Final edition (2010)
Announced at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show, the 2010 Final Edition New Beetle features Aquarius Blue paintwork, with the hardtop receiving a black painted roof and the convertible sporting Campanella White painted side panels. In addition to unique 17-inch wheels, both models will be powered by a 2.5 litre engine mated to a semi-automatic "Tiptronic" transmission. Other additions include sports suspension and "Final Edition" badging inside and out. Both models arrive with integrated fog lights and Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) as standard.
This edition marks the end of production of the current generation New Beetle.
- Length: 4,129 mm (162.6 in)
- Width: 1,721 mm (67.8 in)
- Height: 1,498 mm (59.0 in)
- Wheelbase: 2,515 mm (99.0 in)
- Curb weight: 1,230 kg (2,712 lb)
- Luggage volume: 12 cu ft (339.8 L)
- Luggage volume with rear seat folded: 27.1 cu ft (767.4 L)
- Max speed: 177–210 km/h (110-131 mph)
- Acceleration (0–96 km/h | 0-60 mph): 6.5-13.2 sec
2007 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE rear view