The 2012 Volkswagen Beetle is unveiled at the 2011 New York Auto Show

The 2012 Volkswagen Beetle will make its formal debut at the Shanghai Auto Show and the US debut at the New York Auto Show but today, Volkswagen Auto Group rolled out a spread of images, video and information on the newest VW “bug”.

As you can see in the image to the left and the video below, the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle has grown a bit, looking longer and wider than the outgoing model that hadn’t changed much since its reintroduction to the market in 1997. The overall rounded shape from the original “New Beetle” has been removed in favor of a slightly more angular shape. The hood and roofline have been flattened and elongated in both of those areas, with a sharpened angle where the windshield meets the roof. These changes have given the 2012 Beetle a sportier, less cuddly look without straying from the look that has made the Beetle (or Bug, if you will) so popular over the past few decades.

Across the front end of the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle, the round headlights remain but LEDs have been added to give the car a more modern look and below those new headlights is a fascia area that looks similar to the previous generation while offering a refreshed feel. Across the back end, however, things have changed quite a bit with a set of new taillights stretching from the quarter panels to the hatch opening, offering a completely different layout from the rear lights on the outgoing models.


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This looks like a cute little Malibu Barbie car that might appeal to some women. The car will only sell at all if it sells for under 20K with an automatic transmission and reasonably equipped including a GPS. If it is to be made in Mexico, then VW will need to improve quality control there (based on the 2011 Jetta I just bought with poor fit and finish and the need to use High Test gas and F1 grade motor oil).
I agree. The 2012 Volkswagen Beetle looks really nice. What is the gas mileage on this car? How many miles per gallon does it consume?
I really like the 2012 VW Beetle. It is sporty and seems very fuel efficent. It is amazing how this VW Beetle shows Volkswagen's path from from the hippie favorite of the 1960s to the sleeker models of the current time.