Volkswagen Beetle

Overall, the Volkswagen Beetle has earned a reputation based on its popularity among the common driver. This unique design has been around since the 1940s and almost everyone has some story about owning one or knowing someone who does.

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Volkswagen Beetle Origins

Volkswagen paves its own road to success with hard work and help from some unexpected sources. At one point, early in the company’s history, Volkswagen joined forces with the famous Ferdinand Porsche for help designing a suitable car. This particular model closely resembles the Beetle. Long before Volkswagen bug mania swept the world, the design had humble beginnings as the company attempted to manufacture an affordable car for the people. After all, Volkswagen literally translates to the ""people’s car.""

While Volkswagen has produced all kinds of cars and other vehicle styles over the years, there no one can deny that the Beetle remains the most famous one to date.

About the Volkswagen Beetle

These cars tout a characteristic body style with the trunk in the front and the engine housed in the back of the car. The bulbous body and round headlights give the Beetle an absolutely cute look that seems to appeal to everyone from younger car buyers to those who fondly remember the Beetle from earlier days.

The Volkswagen Beetle, or Bug as many affectionately call it, has undergone some changes throughout its long life, but it remains recognizable. This car has been featured in more TV shows, movies, and other media performances than almost any other model of car. Few can think about the Beetle without remembering the ""Herby"" movies from the 1960s and 1970s.

Volkswagen Beetle Features

Following the 2011 Beetle, Volkswagen chose to take a bit of a departure from the design and totally recreate the 2012 Beetle in a new light. The car still looks like a Beetle, but with more grown up lines. The traditionally rounded body remains, but with less prominence, and the headlights aren’t quite as doe-eyed as in past models. For the 2012 model year, the Beetle comes in only one coupe style and three trim levels: the Beetle, the 2.5L Beetle, and the Beetle Turbo. Volkswagen expects the modernized Beetle to quickly become a popular option for Bug lovers.

While power comes as a secondary thought for most people considering Beetles, Volkswagen has done a good job offering nice powertrains on these cars. The Beetle and the 2.5L versions come equipped with a 2.5-liter, five-cylinder engine paired with a standard five-speed manual transmission, though the new Bug can be ordered with an optional six-speed automatic. All editions of the 2012 Beetle use front drive.

Naturally, the Beetle Turbo has a little more going on under the hood. These cars contain a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder motor, capable of 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. This engine teams up with a standard six-speed manual transmission, though it offers a six-speed automated manual system.

Volkswagen Beetle Evolution

It can be difficult to pin down past versions of the Volkswagen Beetle. These cars have been produced since 1938 and have been one of the strongest series of cars ever manufactured. Designed as an economy car, Bugs have long been popular for those on a budget or those who simply love the classic look of these small cars. After their first introduction to the world market, Beetles took on a life of their own in movies and TV.

Over the decades, the Beetle has undergone some transformations, but it remains recognizable. Originally, these cars came equipped with a four-cylinder boxer engine set in the rear of the car. From the beginning, Bugs used individual wheel suspension, thanks to the car’s unique design and chassis.

In the beginning, the cabin of the Beetle remained rather severe and utilitarian, as one would expect from an economy car made in the 1930s. Painted metal panels are common, as well as a basic metal dash. As the Beetle aged, it earned updates, including more attractive interior options.

Select a Volkswagen Beetle Year

2017 Volkswagen Beetle

Convertible, Hatchback, Midsize

2016 Volkswagen Beetle

Convertible, Hatchback, Midsize

2015 Volkswagen Beetle

Convertible, Hatchback, Midsize

2014 Volkswagen Beetle

Convertible, Hatchback, Midsize

2013 Volkswagen Beetle

Convertible, Hatchback, Midsize

The 2013 Volkswagen Beetle is the Beetle to end all Beetles.

2012 Volkswagen Beetle

Hatchback, Midsize

Almost everything: the new Beetle was only introduced in 2011. Still, there's already a limited-edition model out, the Turbo Black, which offers slick black pearl paint, carbon-fiber-look interior trim, Turbo graphics, and beefy 10-spoke wheels.

2010 Volkswagen Beetle

Compact, Convertible, Hatchback, Sports

Two special edition packages are on offer for 2010 to send the model out with a bang. The Final Edition coupe and convertible will feature unique two-tone white and blue paint schemes, sports suspension, and 17-inch wheels. Just 750 Red Rocks edition New Beetles will be sold with a two-tone red and black paint scheme and a black interior.

2009 Volkswagen Beetle

Compact, Convertible, Hatchback, Sports

2008 Volkswagen Beetle

Compact, Convertible, Hatchback, Sports

2008 marks the eleventh year since Volkswagen (VW) resurrected its beloved retro ""Bug"" for a new generation.

2007 Volkswagen Beetle

Compact, Convertible, Hatchback, Sports

Not long ago, America went nuts over the Volkswagen Beetle, the cute, little, retro-themed vehicle with the flower bud vase within the dash design.

2006 Volkswagen Beetle

Compact, Convertible, Hatchback, Sports

Introduced to America in 1998, the Volkswagen New Beetle was a cute, yet super cool automobile.

2005 Volkswagen Beetle

Compact, Convertible, Hatchback, Sports

The 2005 Volkswagen Beetle is available as a convertible and hatchback body styles and also has the option of a diesel engine.

2004 Volkswagen Beetle

Compact, Convertible, Hatchback, Sports

A bright and fun vehicle, the Volkswagen New Beetle has an individual look that can easily be spotted on the road.

2003 Volkswagen Beetle

Compact, Convertible, Hatchback, Sports

2002 Volkswagen Beetle

Compact, Hatchback

The 2002 Volkswagen Beetle is undeniably famous for its unique dome shape, and its designers have retained its original identity while giving it a modern look.

2001 Volkswagen Beetle

Compact, Hatchback

The 2001 Volkswagen Beetle was initially produced as an affordable economy car back in 1938.

2000 Volkswagen Beetle

Compact, Hatchback

The 2000 Volkswagen Beetle, also known as the Volkswagen Type 1 or the Volkswagen Bug, is an economy car manufactured from 1983.

1999 Volkswagen Beetle

Compact, Hatchback

Volkswagen’s Beetle was reborn in 1998.

1998 Volkswagen Beetle

Compact, Hatchback

Volkswagen’s new Beetle premiered at Detroit’s North American International Auto Show in January with classic tunes from the 1960s blasting and daisies decorating its dashboard.