Movie Star Gets A Facelift

April 8, 2010

Let’s play a game. I’ll give you ten facts about a car and you tell me the name and make of the car. Ready? Here we go.

This car:

Is one of the most popular cars of all time with over 22 million produced and a life span of over 75 years.

Was the brainchild of, and named by, Adolph Hitler.

Was designed by one of the most respected names in sports car history, Dr. Ferdinand Porsche.

Starred in over 270 movies and television shows.

Was the subject of one of the most famous advertising campaigns in history.

Is the fourth most influential car in automobile history.

Is the godfather of the current art car trend.

Is known by over 100 different names throughout the world.

Has an engine that is also used in airplanes, mining, zambonis, motorcycles and sawmills.

Is a drag racer, funny car, rally racer, and Baja racer.

If you haven’t figured it out, it’s the Dodge Stratus! No, just kidding. It’s the Volkswagen Beetle. The Beetle is an icon and a favorite of hippies everywhere, and now there’s talk of a new model in 2011. But before you bust out your Allman Brothers 8-tracks, you should know that the ‘New Beetle’ will look and feel very different, with a flatter roofline and possibly a hatchback. Volkswagen is also considering producing two different versions--one on the Golf chassis and the other on the tiny Up minicar chassis. All that being said, the Beetle is Volkswagen, for better or worse, and I hope they treat the little car with the respect it deserves.

For more details on the next-generation Volkswagen New Beetle due in 2011, check out Nelson Ireson’s report over at

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