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'New Beetle' on the cards


After a successful debut in '98, the New Beetle will be refreshed for 2012

The president and CEO of Volkswagen America, Stefan Jacoby, has revealed that a New Beetle will arrive in 2012.

Speaking at a press event in Germany, Jacoby said the Beetle will be "more of a halo car" for the brand, with improved packaging and extra interior space. He commented that number one complaint about the current model, besides the dated styling/platform, was the cramped rear seat.

Jacoby said he expects the next Beetle to achieve higher sales. The current model peaked at 83,434 U.S. sales in 1999 and has plunged considerably since then.

"There is a great opportunity with the Beetle and the emotional fabric it has to offer," he said.

But the redesigned Beetle will not necessarily be bigger, Jacoby said.

Walter de' Silva, head of design for the VW Group, said the design of the next Beetle "will be a big step."

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