When Hitler demanded an affordable car for the German people in the 1930s, the result was the Type 1 - or The Beetle as it became more commonly known. Volkswagen went all retro for a successor, which was not introduced until 2000 and called the New Beetle. It was a very different car, however: based on the Golf hatchback, it was front-wheel drive with the engine up front - the opposite of the original. A new-generation model, this time called The Beetle, was introduced in 2013, though was dropped three years later in Australia due to slow sales.
Original Beetle is a widely beloved classic
Modern mechanicals of newer Beetles
Composed, comfortable ride of 2013's The Beetle
The Beetle's willing engine and refined gearbox
Conditions of original Beetles will vary wildly - as will prices
Design of modern Beetles a case of form over function
Tight rear seats of modern Beetles
Less practical, less sophisticated than a Golf
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.
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