The Truth About Cars » Beetle http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Fri, 05 Feb 2016 21:00:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » Beetle http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Rental Review: 2015 Volkswagen Beetle 1.8 TSI http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/rental-review-2015-vw-bettle-tsi/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/rental-review-2015-vw-bettle-tsi/#comments Thu, 08 Oct 2015 16:00:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1191058 This will likely come as a bit of a surprise to those of you who get your news through glass bottles tossed into the ocean and carried by persistent currents to the remote island on which you’ve been stranded by the crash of your FedEx plane, but Volkswagen is in a little bit of trouble […]

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This will likely come as a bit of a surprise to those of you who get your news through glass bottles tossed into the ocean and carried by persistent currents to the remote island on which you’ve been stranded by the crash of your FedEx plane, but Volkswagen is in a little bit of trouble […]

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Volkswagen Bringing Safety To The People For 2016 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/volkswagen-bringing-safety-to-the-people-for-2016/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/volkswagen-bringing-safety-to-the-people-for-2016/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 21:00:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1128569 Volkswagen has announced sweeping changes to their suite of tech-driven safety features for the 2016 model year, making a vast array of options available on almost every model within its range. The features, which are currently only available on the Touareg, will trickle down to a number of other models including the Beetle, CC, Jetta, […]

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Volkswagen has announced sweeping changes to their suite of tech-driven safety features for the 2016 model year, making a vast array of options available on almost every model within its range. The features, which are currently only available on the Touareg, will trickle down to a number of other models including the Beetle, CC, Jetta, […]

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2015 Volkswagen Beetle 1.8T Review (With Video) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/2015-volkswagen-beetle-1-8t-review-video/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/2015-volkswagen-beetle-1-8t-review-video/#comments Mon, 13 Jul 2015 13:00:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1103201 Once upon a time, Volkswagen’s iconic Beetle sold primarily on its low sticker price, durability reputation and ease of maintenance. VW’s new Bug, however, sells on retro style and a healthy dollop of nostalgia. The Bug before us today is the second generation “New Beetle” first resurrected in Europe as a 1998 model based on VW’s […]

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Once upon a time, Volkswagen’s iconic Beetle sold primarily on its low sticker price, durability reputation and ease of maintenance. VW’s new Bug, however, sells on retro style and a healthy dollop of nostalgia. The Bug before us today is the second generation “New Beetle” first resurrected in Europe as a 1998 model based on VW’s […]

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Roadside Temptation http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/roadside-temptation/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/roadside-temptation/#comments Wed, 06 Aug 2014 11:30:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=882306 Just a little ways ahead is your favorite spot on the whole trip. It’s a place you always look for as you drive by, craning your neck and slowing down to take in the view. You’ve never stopped there, though. Whether it’s a spouse, the kids, or just a nagging commitment, something always gets in […]

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Just a little ways ahead is your favorite spot on the whole trip. It’s a place you always look for as you drive by, craning your neck and slowing down to take in the view. You’ve never stopped there, though. Whether it’s a spouse, the kids, or just a nagging commitment, something always gets in […]

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Vellum Venom: Honda N600 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/vellum-venom-honda-n600/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/vellum-venom-honda-n600/#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 12:57:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=880466 What’s the difference between car design and styling? My stint at CCS in Detroit makes me think styling is the shallow, frilly, cosmetic side of car design. Freshman designers are (were?) trained to focus on styling, but anyone integrating with marketing/accounting/engineering departments after school knows the real deal. They gotta know car design. The folly […]

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What’s the difference between car design and styling? My stint at CCS in Detroit makes me think styling is the shallow, frilly, cosmetic side of car design. Freshman designers are (were?) trained to focus on styling, but anyone integrating with marketing/accounting/engineering departments after school knows the real deal. They gotta know car design. The folly […]

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Hammer Time : Pick Your Stick! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/hammer-time-pick-your-stick/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/hammer-time-pick-your-stick/#comments Sat, 03 May 2014 18:00:31 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=814314 5 cars – 5 sticks = 0 Customer Demand I hate looking at that equation. But these days, it’s about as true for the car business as Georgia is hot. An older stickshift vehicle that isn’t an all out sports car will sit at a retail lot for months on end. Nobody knows how to […]

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5 cars – 5 sticks = 0 Customer Demand I hate looking at that equation. But these days, it’s about as true for the car business as Georgia is hot. An older stickshift vehicle that isn’t an all out sports car will sit at a retail lot for months on end. Nobody knows how to […]

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Review: 2014 VW Beetle R-Line http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/review-2014-vw-beetle-r-line/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/review-2014-vw-beetle-r-line/#comments Fri, 08 Nov 2013 14:00:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=645066 Every couple of years, somebody releases a study claiming to show that the average palate can’t differentiate between a good red wine and a cheap red wine, a good red wine and a good white wine, or a good red wine and a tumbler-full of Thunderbird mixed with antifreeze and raw gasoline. Survey says: it’s […]

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Every couple of years, somebody releases a study claiming to show that the average palate can’t differentiate between a good red wine and a cheap red wine, a good red wine and a good white wine, or a good red wine and a tumbler-full of Thunderbird mixed with antifreeze and raw gasoline. Survey says: it’s […]

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Review: 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible (Video) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/review-2013-volkswagen-beetle-convertible-video/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/review-2013-volkswagen-beetle-convertible-video/#comments Mon, 15 Apr 2013 19:04:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=484264 Redesigning retro is a herculean task. You need to change the vehicle enough to be worth the effort, meanwhile maintaining an iconic retro theme. If you don’t change enough, shoppers won’t see a reason to trade in their old flashback for the new time capsule. Change it too much and you’re left with a caricature. […]

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Redesigning retro is a herculean task. You need to change the vehicle enough to be worth the effort, meanwhile maintaining an iconic retro theme. If you don’t change enough, shoppers won’t see a reason to trade in their old flashback for the new time capsule. Change it too much and you’re left with a caricature. […]

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R-Rated Beetle For Testosterone Enhancement http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/r-rated-beetle-for-testosterone-enhancement/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/r-rated-beetle-for-testosterone-enhancement/#comments Wed, 12 Sep 2012 13:38:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=460003 Wolfsburg is working hard on making the (new) Beetle’s image a bit manlier. It hopes to get support for this endeavor from two R-Line packages that are based on the top “Sport” version: an exterior package and an interior package. Says the press release: “The exterior package may be ordered separately, while the interior package […]

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Wolfsburg is working hard on making the (new) Beetle’s image a bit manlier. It hopes to get support for this endeavor from two R-Line packages that are based on the top “Sport” version: an exterior package and an interior package. Says the press release: “The exterior package may be ordered separately, while the interior package […]

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Junkyard Find: 1973 Volkswagen Super Beetle http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/junkyard-find-1973-volkswagen-super-beetle/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/junkyard-find-1973-volkswagen-super-beetle/#comments Thu, 19 Jul 2012 13:00:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=453306 I see many air-cooled Beetles in self-service wrecking yards these days. In fact, I have always seen many VW Type 1s in self-service wrecking yards, going back to my first junkyard adventures in early-80s Oakland. Like any car freak who came of age in that era, I’ve owned some old Beetles, and I can say […]

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I see many air-cooled Beetles in self-service wrecking yards these days. In fact, I have always seen many VW Type 1s in self-service wrecking yards, going back to my first junkyard adventures in early-80s Oakland. Like any car freak who came of age in that era, I’ve owned some old Beetles, and I can say […]

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Vellum Venom: 2012 VW Beetle Turbo http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/vellum-venom-2012-vw-beetle-turbo-2/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/vellum-venom-2012-vw-beetle-turbo-2/#comments Sun, 13 May 2012 10:38:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=444096 Please believe: car design school is a frickin’ bizarre place. The phrase “I’m surprised you are here and not in medical school” was thrown in my face several times at CCS.  And this verbal diarrhea came from people who take your tuition and are supposed to help you become a designer! But can’t I, a […]

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Please believe: car design school is a frickin’ bizarre place. The phrase “I’m surprised you are here and not in medical school” was thrown in my face several times at CCS.  And this verbal diarrhea came from people who take your tuition and are supposed to help you become a designer! But can’t I, a […]

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Book Review: The Extraordinary Life of Josef Ganz: The Jewish Engineer Behind Hitler’s Volkswagen http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/book-review-the-extraordinary-life-of-josef-ganz-the-jewish-engineer-behind-hitler%e2%80%99s-volkswagen/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/book-review-the-extraordinary-life-of-josef-ganz-the-jewish-engineer-behind-hitler%e2%80%99s-volkswagen/#comments Wed, 04 Jan 2012 21:21:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=424293 Have you heard the old joke about the three Jewish engineers and Henry Ford? This is the version at Snopes.com: It was a sweltering August day in 1937 when the 3 Cohen brothers entered the posh Dearborn, Michigan, offices of Henry Ford, the car maker. “Mr. Ford”, announced Norman Cohen, the eldest of the three. […]

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Have you heard the old joke about the three Jewish engineers and Henry Ford? This is the version at Snopes.com: It was a sweltering August day in 1937 when the 3 Cohen brothers entered the posh Dearborn, Michigan, offices of Henry Ford, the car maker. “Mr. Ford”, announced Norman Cohen, the eldest of the three. […]

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2012 Volkswagen Beetle 2.5 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/2012-volkswagen-beetle-2-5/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/2012-volkswagen-beetle-2-5/#comments Wed, 21 Dec 2011 19:51:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=423116 I never was a New Beetle kind of guy. But then I am a guy. Unless a cute car handles like a Miata, I’m not interested. For 2012 Volkswagen has redesigned the New Beetle, dropping the “New” and the bud vase (every review must mention this) in the process of attempting to broaden the car’s […]

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I never was a New Beetle kind of guy. But then I am a guy. Unless a cute car handles like a Miata, I’m not interested. For 2012 Volkswagen has redesigned the New Beetle, dropping the “New” and the bud vase (every review must mention this) in the process of attempting to broaden the car’s […]

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Down On The Mile High Street: Volkswagen Beetle http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/down-on-the-mile-high-street-volkswagen-beetle/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/down-on-the-mile-high-street-volkswagen-beetle/#comments Fri, 12 Aug 2011 19:00:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=406871 I don’t see quite as many Old Beetles on the streets of Denver as I did when I lived on the Island That Rust Forgot, but a few of the clattery old Germans still serve as daily transportation in the Mile High City. Even though I’ve owned several Beetles, I still can’t nail down exact […]

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I don’t see quite as many Old Beetles on the streets of Denver as I did when I lived on the Island That Rust Forgot, but a few of the clattery old Germans still serve as daily transportation in the Mile High City. Even though I’ve owned several Beetles, I still can’t nail down exact […]

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Beetles Hatch In Mexico http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/beetles-hatch-in-mexico/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/beetles-hatch-in-mexico/#comments Sat, 16 Jul 2011 16:15:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=403144 Mexico was one of the last markets to build the old VW Bug. The really old one. Mexico remains the center of Beetle-mania. Volkswagen officially began production of the new Beetle in Puebla, Mexico. The Puebla plant is the largest automobile factory in Mexico and one of the Volkswagen Group’s biggest vehicle manufacturing plants. It […]

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Mexico was one of the last markets to build the old VW Bug. The really old one. Mexico remains the center of Beetle-mania. Volkswagen officially began production of the new Beetle in Puebla, Mexico. The Puebla plant is the largest automobile factory in Mexico and one of the Volkswagen Group’s biggest vehicle manufacturing plants. It […]

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Down On The Mile High Street: 1968 Volkswagen Beetle http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/down-on-the-mile-high-street-1968-volkswagen-beetle/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/down-on-the-mile-high-street-1968-volkswagen-beetle/#comments Wed, 27 Apr 2011 13:00:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=392985 Given the way that Beetles have had all their parts swapped over the decades, I’m always reluctant to try to nail down an exact model year of a street-parked example, particularly when it’s a primered-out survivor owned by a guy who spends a lot of time at junkyards. If we are to go by the […]

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Given the way that Beetles have had all their parts swapped over the decades, I’m always reluctant to try to nail down an exact model year of a street-parked example, particularly when it’s a primered-out survivor owned by a guy who spends a lot of time at junkyards. If we are to go by the […]

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Shanghai Auto Show: Launch Of The Retro Rockets – New New Beetle Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/shanghai-auto-show-launch-of-the-retro-rockets-%e2%80%93-new-new-beetle-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/shanghai-auto-show-launch-of-the-retro-rockets-%e2%80%93-new-new-beetle-edition/#comments Wed, 20 Apr 2011 21:36:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=392234 It’s odd that China’s two largest carmakers, Volkswagen and GM chose Shanghai as the launchpad of their retro cars. After all, the 50s and 60s have zero appeal in China. Nobody thinks of Rock’n’Roll when they think back in China. Those were the forgotten times of the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution. The […]

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It’s odd that China’s two largest carmakers, Volkswagen and GM chose Shanghai as the launchpad of their retro cars. After all, the 50s and 60s have zero appeal in China. Nobody thinks of Rock’n’Roll when they think back in China. Those were the forgotten times of the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution. The […]

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What’s Wrong With This Picture: The Evolving Beetle Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-the-evolving-beetle-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-the-evolving-beetle-edition/#comments Thu, 07 Oct 2010 17:18:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=367852 Once upon a time, there was a Volkswagen executive who couldn’t figure out how to get American consumers emotionally invested in his brand. Then one day it hit him: why not re-skin the Golf as a Beetle? It could be less practical and efficient than its donor car, but baby boomers would buy it in […]

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Once upon a time, there was a Volkswagen executive who couldn’t figure out how to get American consumers emotionally invested in his brand. Then one day it hit him: why not re-skin the Golf as a Beetle? It could be less practical and efficient than its donor car, but baby boomers would buy it in […]

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