Auto Shanghai: Volkswagen unveils new Beetle

Volkswagen has unveiled the latest incarnation of its iconic Beetle at the Auto Shanghai show in China.

In a launch ceremony that will see events in Shanghai, Berlin and New York, the German automaker said that the new Beetle has been envisioned with the target "design a new original" to ensure it paid tribute to 70 years of Beetle history.

The redesigned model has been made significantly more aggressive, with a lower profile than its 1998 predecessor and a more confident design which is reflected in the vehicle's self-assured stance - although it's still unmistakably a Beetle.

To avoid the bubble-dominated profile of the 1998 version, Volkswagen has shifted the windshield backwards and lowered the roof, widening and lengthening the car to give it a more sporty look.

Despite this, the 2011 Beetle is set to be the most fuel-efficient ever, says Volkswagen, with a top fuel efficiency of 4.3 l/100km and a range of new engines.

US buyers will get a choice of a 2.0 liter turbodiesel and 2.0/2.5 liter petrol engines and other markets such as Asia, Australia, Europe and News Zealand will be offered five engines including 1.2 'Bluemotion' and 2.0 liter petrol turbocharged engines and a 2.0 liter turbodiesel.

It will be offered in three lines - "Beetle", "Design" and "Sport" - each with their own equipment, with keyless access and bi-xenon headlights being offered with the vehicle for the first time.

The North American launch will be in September/October this year, while European buyers will see the new Beetle in October November and Asia and South America in 2012.

Auto Shanghai runs April 21-28 in Shanghai, China.

http://www.autoshanghai.org/en/

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