Original, air-cooled Volkswagen Beetles were very popular in the kit car world because you could essentially just lift the body off and replace it with any fiberglass anything you wanted: fake Porsche speedsters, MG TCs, weird vans, whatever. This isn’t nearly as easy to do with a modern, Golf-based Beetle, but that didn’t stop this Russian shop from turning a new Beetle into a re-imagined Zaporozhets. The Zaporozhets ZAZ 965 was, essentially, the Soviet People’s Car, and fulfilled essentially the same role as the VW Beetle. While it seems similar to a Beetle, with its rear-mounted, air cooled engine (in its case a V4 instead of the Beetle’s flat-four) it was actually much more closely based on another rear-engined people’s car, the Fiat 600. Unlike the Beetle, though, the ZAZ 965 never got a modern re-interpretation to satisfy the nostalgic cravings of its fans, like the Beetle did in 1998. That problem has now been solved with this beautifully-done car: … [Read more...] about Some Crazy Russian Made a Beautiful Retro-Modern Zaz 965 Out of a Modern Volkswagen Beetle
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The Long Goodbye Begins; Retro-themed Beetle Goes to The Beach The news conjures up a few Beatles songs—The Long & Winding Road, Hello Goodbye; we could go on. As we were wrapping up our test of the 2018 Volkswagen Beetle, VW announced that production was coming to an end next year, so this became a little more of a retrospective. The silhouette is unmistakable Three generations over nearly seven decades, more than 21.5 million units comes down to this. For 2018 the Beetle comes as a convertible or a coupe with trim lines of S, SE, Dune and Coast–the last one was our test model. The design is immediately recognizable as there is nothing on the road even remotely having the same silhouette. Of course, it has been seriously updated since the first Beetles were released in 1939. In 1998 the engine migrated from the rear to the front, and it went from rear-wheel to front-wheel drive. With more than 23 million Beetles produced, there is a probability that a good … [Read more...] about Road Test: 2018 Volkswagen Beetle 2.0T Coast
The Volkswagen group has announced that the Volkswagen Beetle will be discontinued after the current model year. The company will launch Final Edition models to commemorate this in two new shades of blue and beige. These Final Edition cars will be available in both the coupe and convertible body styles. these cars will come with a few exclusive features and will be powered by a 2.0-litre turbo petrol good for 174Ps and 252 Nm. 1956 VW Beetle (Source) The Beetle has been an icon of the motoring world for more than 70 years. Despite its controversial Nazi origins, the car appealed to masses with its value and simplicity in the war-ravaged Europe of the last 1940s and 50s. But the Beetle will best be remembered for how it kept itself relevant with the times. The car meant different things to different people which made its appeal greater than the sum of its parts. This is best showcased by how it became a symbol of the counterculture movement in the late 60s and 70s. Eventually though the … [Read more...] about Production of the Volkswagen Beetle will end by mid-2019
You have about a year left to buy a brand-new Volkswagen Beetle—less than a year if the Final Edition and other last-year models sell out by the time production ends in the Puebla, Mexico plant in July 2019.News that that modern VW Bug, the one with the water-cooled inline four in front is going away after some 20 years as the New Beetle and the Beetle, raises some mixed emotions. I thought the 1998 VW New Beetle, derived from J Mays’ and Freeman Thomas’ Concept One, better captured the essence of the original, air-cooled rear-engine pancake four model because it wasn’t quite so sleek.The new—not New—Beetle, which launched in the 2012 model year, seemed a bit too slick, too flat-topped to properly evoke the original. VW tried to make it more butch, and less of a women’s car—an attitude toward small cars that seems sexist towards both genders, to me—and it also came off as potentially too upscale. Sure, it cost Volkswagen money to … [Read more...] about Auf Wiedersehen, Again, Volkswagen Beetle
Volkswagen Ireland has informed us that production of the Volkswagen Beetle has stopped and the last examples of the current generation of the Beetle are being offered in Volkswagen retailers now, priced from €25,350. The Beetle Design is available with a 105 hp 1.2-litre TSI petrol engine with either a six-speed manual or 7-speed DSG. Alternatively, buyers can choose a 2.0-litre TDI with 110 hp with a five-speed manual or seven-speed DSG. The Beetle R-Line is available with more powerful engines. The petrol offering is a 1.4-litre TSI putting out 150 hp via a 6-speed manual or 7-speed DSG. The 2.0-litre TDI diesel A History of the Volkswagen Beetle in Ireland As the Beetle bows out, Volkswagen Ireland has prepared a history of this iconic model in Ireland to mark the occasion… It was shortly after the first post-war Christmas 1945 that the first of the Volkswagen Type 1 – the model which, as the Beetle, would subsequently be sold more than 21 million times … [Read more...] about Farewell To The Volkswagen Beetle In Ireland!