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2012 Volkswagen Beetle: Live Chat

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Today, we're kicking off our live coverage of the 2011 New York Auto show with the first big reveal, that of the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle.

Much has changed with the new Beetle -- for one, it's lost the "New" in the name it's carried since 2001. It's still built in Mexico, but it's gained more attitude in its styling. The bud vase is gone, swapped out for a more Audi-influenced look that's still unquestionably a Volkswagen.

There's more in the mix, including a 40-mpg TDI edition, dual-clutch transmission, and 20-inch wheels--even red, white, and blue lighting that makes the German-engineered, Mexican-built Beetle a more global effort.

In fitting style, VW pulled the covers off the Beetle on three continents, in three cities today, in Berlin and Shanghai as well as New York. You can't be everywhere at once, though, so even if you're not in New York, you can find out more about the Beetle today as our editors talk VW in a live chat.

Have a question? Ask us about the 2012 Beetle and the 2011 New York Auto Show at 3 p.m. ET.

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Comments (4)
  1. will this beetle be much more reliable than the 1998-2011? they really were terrible on this point! i only had one 2001 but it was a terrible auto.....

  2. So a base Beetle will be similar to a base Jetta. Plasticky interior, beam axle rear suspension and the 170 HP 5 cylinder.At first it sounds dissapointing. Somehow though it's not all that bad. 1st the previous "new" Beetle had a beam axle rear suspension. It also came with the 170 HP 5 cylinder. This car has a wider track and it should weigh less then the Jetta and have a shorter wheelbase then the Jetta. It might just handle a little better. It certainly looks miles better then the previous car. Also it does not need no stinkin flower!

  3. Not really Beetle related...but, rumors were circulating that VW was entering the NASCAR universe..any update ?

  4. If the A-3 TDI is rated at 30/42, why is the 2012 Beetle TDI only rated at 29/40? Surely there can't be that great of a difference in their weights.

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