Tuesday, April 10, 2012

2012 VW Superbeetle

Sometimes, you can get close to prototypes and take all kinds of pictures. I only took 3. The other two will appear in August.

This VIN says that it's a 2012 model, made in Puebla, Mexico. It was the 33rd off the line. Two VIN decoders ran aground with the check digit. VIN numbers on such cars have a lot of zeros. This one has a large glass roof, a current trend in Europe.

It's a nice design, but Volkswagen is painting themselves into a corner. Now that the first New Beetle is outdated, we have the new New Beetle, which is an update of a retro look. Old VW ads proclaimed that the cars stayed the same from one year to the next. By contrast, the New Beetle is like all the others in that it follows fashion.

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