Volkswagen New Beetle
This article is about the Volkswagen New Beetle from – For the original Beetle from –, see Volkswagen Beetle. For the car from –, see Volkswagen Beetle (A5).
|Volkswagen New Beetle|
|Alsocalled||Volkswagen Beetle (Mexico)|
Volkswagen Bjalla (Iceland)
|Production||October – July|
|Designer||J Mays (, ), |
Freeman Thomas (, ),
Peter Schreyer ()
|Class||Compact car (C)|
|Layout||front engine, front-wheel drive, 4motionall-wheel drive (RSi)|
|Platform||Volkswagen Group A4 (PQ34) platform|
|Related||Audi A3 Mk1|
Audi TT Mk1
SEAT León Mk1
SEAT Toledo Mk2
Škoda Octavia Mk1
Volkswagen Golf Mk4
L I valve
L I4 Turbocharged
L VR5 20 valve
L I5 20 valve
L VR6 24 valve (RSI)
L I4 TDI
6-speed automatic tiptronic(09G)
6-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic
|Height||1,mm (in) (–),|
1,mm (in) (hatch –present),
1,mm (in) (convertible)
|Successor||Volkswagen Beetle (A5)|
The Volkswagen New Beetle is a compact car, introduced by Volkswagen in , drawing heavy inspiration from the exterior design of the original Beetle. Unlike the original Beetle, the New Beetle has its engine in the front, driving the front wheels, with luggage storage in the rear. Many special editions have been released, such as the Malibu Barbie New Beetle.
In for the model year, a new Beetle model, the Beetle (A5), replaced the New Beetle. It is often referred to as the New Beetle as well. Various versions of this model continued to be made in Puebla, Mexico, until the final car left the assembly line on 10 July 
At the North American International Auto Show, Volkswagen unveiled the Concept One, a "retro"-themed concept car with a resemblance to the original Volkswagen Beetle. Designed by J Mays and Freeman Thomas at the company's California design studio, the concept car was based on the platform of the Volkswagen Polo. A red cabriolet concept was featured at the Geneva Motor Show, also in
Production design approval was reached in mid, with a design freeze resulting in 22 months of development time for production. In October , the Volkswagen Concept Two was shown at the Tokyo Motor Show, essentially an early preview of the production model due in early 
Strong public reaction to the Concept One convinced the company that it should develop a production version which was launched as the New Beetle in for the model-year, based on the Golf IV's larger PQ34 platform. The New Beetle is related to the original only in name and appearance (including the absence of a car emblem script with the exception of the VW logo). For the model year, only the TDI compression-ignition engine was turbocharged; the spark-ignition engines were only naturally aspirated. In June , Volkswagen introduced the T, which was the first turbocharged spark-ignition engine offered for the New Beetle. Volkswagen created a web site dedicated specifically to the T. A convertible was added for the model-year to replace the Volkswagen Cabrio. However, the New Beetle Convertible was never offered with a compression-ignition engine in North America. The third-generation Beetle Convertible, the successor to the New Beetle Convertible, was offered with the TDI compression-ignition engine in the USA but not in Canada, though, making it possibly the only diesel convertible car offered in North America.
The New Beetle carries many design similarities with the original VW Beetle: separate fenders, vestigial running boards, sloping headlamps, and large round taillights, as well as a high rounded roofline. It was assembled in VW's Puebla factory in Mexico.
- Length: 4,mm (in)
- Width: 1,mm (in)
- Height: 1,mm (in)
- Wheelbase: 2,mm (in)
- Curb weight: 1,kg (2,lb)
- Luggage volume: 12cuft (L)
- Luggage volume with rear seat folded: cuft (L)
- Max speed: –km/h (mph)
- Acceleration (0–97km/h | mph): sec
|Chassis code||Typ 1C||Typ 9C||Typ 1Y|
|Region(s)||North America||Europe and others||World|
|Model||engine code(s)||engine type||max power at rpm||max torque at rpm||years|
|BCA||1,cc (L; 85cuin) I4DOHC16V||75PS (55kW; 74hp) at 5,||N⋅m (93lb⋅ft) at 3,||–|
|AWH||1,cc (L; cuin) I4 SOHC 8V||PS (74kW; hp) at 5,||N⋅m (lb⋅ft) at 3,||–|
|AYD / BFS||1,cc (L; cuin) I4 SOHC 8V||PS (75kW; hp) at 5,||N⋅m (lb⋅ft) at 3,||– |
|T||AGU||1,cc (L; cuin) I4 DOHC 20V turbo||PS (kW; hp) at 5,||N⋅m (lb⋅ft) at 1,,||–|
|T||APH /AVC /AWC /AWU /AWV /BKF||1,cc (L; cuin) I4 DOHC 20V turbo||PS (kW; hp) at 5,||N⋅m (lb⋅ft) at 2,,||–|
|T||AUQ||1,cc (L; cuin) I4 DOHC 20V turbo||PS (kW; hp)||N⋅m (lb⋅ft)||–|
|T||AWP||1,cc (L; cuin) I4 DOHC 20V turbo||PS (kW; hp) at 5,||N⋅m (lb⋅ft) at 1,,||–|
|AEG||1,cc (L; cuin) I4 SOHC 8V||PS (85kW; hp) at 5,||N⋅m (lb⋅ft) at 2,||–|
|APK / AQY||1,cc (L; cuin) I4 SOHC 8V||PS (85kW; hp) at 5,||N⋅m (lb⋅ft) at 2,||–|
|AZJ /BDC /BEJ /BER /BEV /BGD /BHP||1,cc (L; cuin) I4 SOHC 8V||PS (85kW; hp) at 5,||N⋅m (lb⋅ft) at 3,||–|
|V5||AQN||2,cc (L; cuin) VR5 DOHC 20V||PS (kW; hp) at 6,||N⋅m (lb⋅ft) at 3,||–|
|BGP||2,cc (L; cuin) I5 DOHC 20V||PS (kW; hp)||N⋅m (lb⋅ft)||–|
|BPR /BPS||2,cc (L; cuin) I5 DOHC 20V||PS (kW; hp) at 5,||N⋅m (lb⋅ft) at 3,||–|
|RSI||AXJ||3,cc (L; cuin) VR6 DOHC 24V||PS (kW; hp)||N⋅m (lb⋅ft)||–|
|TDI||AGR / ALH||1,cc (L; cuin) I4 SOHC 8V turbo (Injection pump)||90PS (66kW; 89hp) at 4,||N⋅m (lb⋅ft) at 1,||–|
|TDI||ATD /AXR /BEW||1,cc (L; cuin) I4 SOHC 8V turbo (Pumpe-Düse)||PS (74kW; hp) at 4,||N⋅m (lb⋅ft) at 1,||–|
|TDI||BJB / BKC / BXE / BLS||1,cc (L; cuin) I4 SOHC 8V turbo||PS (77kW; hp) at 4,||N⋅m (lb⋅ft) at 1,||–|
|TDI||BSW||1,cc (L; cuin) I4 SOHC 8V turbo (Pumpe-Düse)||PS (77kW; hp) at 4,||N⋅m (lb⋅ft) at 1,,||–|
The New Beetle achieved five stars in the Euro NCAP tests compared to four stars in the Euro NCAP tests scoring 25 points (33 to reach five stars).
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the New Beetle a Good overall score in their frontal crash test. models come standard with side airbags; however, the IIHS rated the Beetle Poor in their side impact test.
United States models
Engine choices include the hp (86kW) L inline-four for the base model, the hp (75kW) L TDI turbodiesel inline-four (discontinued after the model year due to more stringent emissions requirements), and the hp (kW) L turbo inline-four for the Turbo and Sport models.
The Turbo S model (sold –) included the L turbo but with hp (kW). It also included a sport suspension, six-speed manual transmission, aluminum interior trim, revised front/rear fascias, and bigger wheels and tires. A close relative of the Turbo S was the – Color Concept. This limited edition variant was available in limited exterior colors, with interior door panel inserts, seat inserts, floor mat piping, and wheel opening inserts color-matched to the exterior paint. Wheel color inserts, diameter, and style varied with model year. It came standard with the hp (kW) turbo gasoline engine, 5-speed manual gearbox, speed-activated rear spoiler, power windows/sunroof/door locks, heated leather seats, and fog lamps.
All L Turbo and Turbo S inline-four models were equipped with a retractable rear spoiler which was not available on the L TDI inline-4, L inline-four and L inline-five models.
For the model, the exterior was slightly redesigned with more angular bumpers and wheel wells, and these models were fitted with the L 5-cylinder engine with hp (kW) which was also fitted on the Rabbit and Jetta, later becoming the sole engine option. The New Beetle would not be given the upgraded L engine (engine code CBTA/CBUA) that and later Jettas and Rabbits received.
Beetle RSi (–)
The RSi is a limited unit version of the New Beetle. It included a PS (kW; hp) litre VR6 engine, a 6-speed gearbox, and Volkswagen's four-wheel drive system 4motion, Remus twin-pipe exhaust. It was rumored Porsche tuned the suspension but the suspension tuning was actually carried out in-house at VW Individual. The suspension was greatly altered at the rear, with geometry more geared to the race track and a rear cross brace behind the rear seats, 80mm (in) wider fenders, unique front and rear bumpers, a rear diffuser, large rear wing, and 18x9 OZ Superturismo wheels with /40ZR tires. Inside, it was trimmed in carbon fiber, billet aluminum, and bright orange leather. The front seats were Recaro racing buckets. Notable disadvantages found were loud cabin noise and shorter rear tire life.
At the North American International Auto Show, the Volkswagen New Beetle Ragsterconcept car was introduced. It was supposed to be a preview of the future design of the New Beetle. The base of the Ragster (the name denoting a cross between a "ragtop" and a speedster) was a New Beetle Convertible modified with a new roof, giving it a much lower roofline, and a unique paint job with silver double stripes. The interior differs from the original New Beetle, being a 2+2, and having distinctive control dials. The Ragster's rear-view mirror is mounted on its dashboard, a retro feature, reminiscent of the first Type 1s.
The Wolfsburg edition was first released in with a limited supply being distributed to a select few countries, including the USA, England, Australia, and Japan. These came in a limited color choice of white, black, and silver, all sporting a black roof and older styled alloy mag wheels styled off the original beetle steel wheels. They all came in the L 5-speed manual only, no automatic option was available. They also had the VW emblem in chrome on black which is similar to what was already being used in the USA, although other countries had chrome and blue VW emblems. They were priced at a higher price point than the standard (approx $ more depending on the country) which did not buy a lot of value other than a more stylish look. This model was soon dropped and later replaced with an unlimited IQ model in white and black.
The Blush is a limited New Beetle convertible with a special "white gold" exterior paint and "Bordeaux red" convertible top, with burgundy leather seats matching the convertible top color. Neither the white gold exterior nor interior colors were available on other New Beetle convertibles. New Beetle Blush convertibles were produced.
Final edition ()
Announced at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the Final Edition New Beetle features Aquarius Blue paintwork, with the hardtop receiving a black painted roof and the convertible sporting Campanella White painted side panels. In addition to unique inch wheels, both models will be powered by a liter engine mated to an automatic "Tiptronic" transmission. Other additions include sports suspension and "Final Edition" badging inside and out. Both models arrive with integrated fog lights and Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) as standard.
The "Final Edition" marked the end of production of the New Beetle. It was succeeded in by the Beetle (A5).
BlackOrange Edition ()
In , Volkswagen Australia offered a final limited edition variant named as BlackOrange Edition. Two-color combinations are available: Black gloss exterior with silver mirrors, silver alloy wheels and silver decals for the lower flanks of the body, or Red Rock metallic exterior with black roof/mirrors, black alloy wheels and black decals for the lower flanks. All these BlackOrange Edition came with inch alloy wheels, sports suspension, leatherette seat upholstery, cruise control, front fog lights, tinted rear side/rear windows, aluminium pedals and leather-bound steering wheel/gear knob.
The factory in Puebla, Mexico manufactured Final Edition versions. They were available as a coupe and as a convertible. "The Final Edition beetle features a special Aquarius Blue paint with a painted black roof on the coupe, and a two-tone Aquarius Blue and Campanella White paint scheme with a white top on the convertible. Both the coupe and the convertible have a full sport suspension and special inch alloy wheels."
The Volkswagen New Beetle was Motor Trend's "Import Car of the Year" for
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When we tested Volkswagen's New Beetle GLS convertible last year (February ), we came away impressed with its "reasonableness"-which is to say, its well-insulated top, solid structure, and six-speed automatic. But we were unimpressed with its sluggish performance. For a borderline-reasonable $25, as tested, the portly pound droptop Beetle, with a meager hp, liter four-cylinder, huffed and puffed from standstill to 60 mph in a distressing seconds-or about the same time it takes the softtop to lower and fold into a whale tail-and through the quarter-mile in That Bug was more of a slug than a Beetle.
As usual, Volkswagen's engine queue was holding a familiar adrenaline shot. The ubiquitous liter, valve turbocharged four, which adds oomph to the brand's Golf, GTI, Jetta, and Passat, and even the Audi A4 and TT, was just waiting in line, itching to give the Bug some speedier legs.
Speedier, indeed. Our T test vehicle, a GLS fitted with a five-speed manual, makes the naturally aspirated model look like Grandma's proverbial Sunday driver. Despite the T's diminutive displacement, it makes a healthy horsepower (35 more than the ) and an even healthier pound-feet of torque (37 more). Arguably one of the best four-cylinder motors around, the is smooth and refined, exhibits very little turbo lag, and makes the Beetle convertible a much more powerful-and enjoyable-hair dryer. With the boosted engine, the pound convertible scoots to 60 in seconds, ticks quicker than the automatic and only slower than its pound hardtop counterpart ("Cheap Speed," June ). Likewise, the T's quarter-mile time drops significantly, shrinking the 's time seconds to
As a general rule, more performance costs more money. But in the case of the Turbo cabrio, it's a modest sum that is well spent. The manually shifted GLS model tested here carries a base price of $25,, which is $ more than the manual model and $ more than that car with an automatic. Not a steep increase considering the performance upgrade. Plus, with some sensible options added in, such as our test car's leather package ($), ski sack ($), and wind blocker ($), the as-tested price comes to $26,, just $ more than the loaded '03 automatic we tested last year.
Other than the big bump up in straight-line speed, the Turbo performs much like its naturally aspirated sibling. Wearing identical /55R Goodyear Eagle RS-As, the Turbo posted a foot stopping distance from 70 to 0 mph-three feet shorter than the and handled the twisty roads with the same moderate understeer. Although we couldn't verify the T's roadholding due to a snow-covered skidpad, we suspect it would match the g we recorded with the car.
Now in its second year, the New Beetle convertible gets several noteworthy upgrades. Seat-mounted side airbags now shield the head and thorax of the driver and front passenger, the front seats get active head restraints to help minimize whiplash, and the previously optional speaker Monsoon stereo is now standard in the GLS.
These niceties add peace of mind, as well as some noise, but they don't overcome the cabrio's dismal five cubic feet of trunk space or the back seat's lack of shoulder and legroom, which measure and inches less than in the sedan.
With the recent announcements that Mini is bringing a Cooper convertible to market in the second half of and Chrysler will begin selling its topless PT Cruiser for between $19, and $28, about the time you read this, it's apparent that Volkswagen is about to get some cute competition in the four-seat, compact-convertible segment. Whether that's good company or bad for VW will require a comparison test. At least for now, be advised that the New Beetle convertible need not be a slug Bug.
VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 4-passenger, 2-door convertible
PRICE AS TESTED: $26, (base price: $25,)
ENGINE TYPE: turbocharged and intercooled DOHC valve inline-4, iron block and aluminum head, port fuel injection
Displacement: cu in, cc
Power (SAE net): bhp @ rpm
Torque (SAE net): lb-ft @ rpm
TRANSMISSION: 5-speed manual
Wheelbase: in Length: in
Width: in Height: in
Curb weight: lb
C/D TEST RESULTS:
Zero to 30 mph: sec
Zero to 60 mph: sec
Zero to mph: sec
Street start, mph: sec
Standing ¼-mile: sec @ 87 mph
Braking, mph: ft
EPA fuel economy, city driving: 24 mpg
C/D-observed fuel economy: 21 mpg
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