The official name is the Beetle, but some affectionately refer to the iconic automobile as a Bug. Regardless of your preferred appellation, the highly anticipated 2012 Volkswagen Beetle is finally here. With a 21st Century update the all-new Volkswagen Beetle delivers multiple engine variations and tops out with options that boast 200 horsepower. The new Beetle has a longer frame, more aggressive stance, LED lighting and plenty of amenities including touchscreen radio, Bluetooth, navigation and keyless entry. Expect the new Volkswagen Beetle in a US showroom near September or October. Europe receives the third generation Beetle in October and November.
Even though production models have already rolled out of US assembly plants, the new Volkswagen Bug is still a few months away from showroom delivery. The current generation VW Beetle, while fresh in comparison to many cars on the road was starting to look a little dated after twelve years. Seeking to revitalize the car, stay ahead of a crowding market (Mini Cooper, Volvo C30, Fiat 500, Nissan Juke etc…) and to expand the buyer demographic by making the VW Beetle appear more masculine, the smarty pants designers over at Volkswagen sought to deliver new life and inspiration to the iconic automotive platform. We’ll find out if they did when the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle hits automotive showroom floors later this year.