Tuesday, May 3, 2011

2012 Volkswagen Beetle Review

I remember the beginning: the beginning of Volkswagen built one of the most successful cars of all time and even give it a name. Why should it? Ultimately, it was a Volkswagen! The people loved him, and in all the continents of the world's small car was nicknamed the thought seemed: Beetle, K√§fer, Voche, Coccinelle, fusca, Beetle  It includes the concept of the car itself and the symbol of the democratic movement. 21.5 million cars were sold. Then came the New Beetle in 1998. It introduced the new feeling of cars in the world and led Beetle Mania. In 2010, the final text of the New Beetle was completed in the series, which has sold over a million cars. And now? I can not wait. The future of the most famous cars in the world begins now. A whole new generation.



This is the beetle! And like the Volkswagen Beetle and calls everyone from his home, the new car is famous worldwide transcontinental - simultaneously in Shanghai, Berlin and New York.


technology focus: high technology in harmony with the environment

Volkswagen Beetle is an icon. This car has a story. Only someone who knows his story could make a new generation of Volkswagen's reality. The task ahead for engineers has been very clear. They had to develop a high-tech car affordable yet leaves no stone unturned, integrated communication technologies of our time and, of course, achieve the lowest environmental impact. It should also be a car that areas of driving pleasure at the forefront. The new generation of the VW Beetle to be very flexible, dynamic performer, and the people who developed the Golf GTI would also be able to achieve this goal.



No previous Beetle was fuel efficient. High performance is no longer sufficient to itself: A 4.3 l/100 km (1.6 TDI European) and 33 mpg (2.0 TDI American), the new Volkswagen Beetle Beetle is the most fuel efficient ever.

Design Objective: Design a new original!

The design of the world's most recognizable cars. Coca Cola bottle, the iPhone, Ray Ban Aviator Beetle - how can we reinvent a model that is as recognizable and independent? There is a clear answer to this: You need to understand the product and brand, then it works! VW design chief Walter de Silva (Group), Klaus Bischoff (Volkswagen) "understand" the two and therefore set the goal for which the beetle, "a new and original design!


Challenge with excitement. The team began its mission to guide Bischoff. Challenge of designing a new Volkswagen Beetle has been inspiring. The designers knew they wanted to develop a profile of the original Beetle than the New Beetle 1998. I am also a very dynamic priority of proportion. An interesting fact is that more than a few members of the team is owned by air-cooled beetles. It has also become a cult car, Volkswagen of young designers. And so the final draft was to be 2011 Wolfsburg Beetle - a car and now planning a tribute to the automobile industry, seed of the whole group. And in fact clear: if someone takes the first Beetle and New Beetle and put them in a room - a bit 'light shines on the roof and watch a half - could see that the lines of the back are almost identical.

Remains: "We renovated every game."

Bolder, more dynamic, more masculine. A comparison with the New Beetle 1998 shows: Only left was the old car. "The beetle is now characterized by a sports car cleaner, safer and its not only has a lower profile, it is also considerably wider, the cover is longer, the windshield is moved back and has a much steeper slope. All this creates a new dynamism, "says Klaus Bischoff. While the New Beetle has been defined by three semicircles (front fender, rear fender, roof dome above), the new. model was released for this geometry the roofline really works much lower and can be regarded as a continuation of the concept car shown in Detroit in 2005 -. Ragster a type of race car based on the New Beetle The New Beetle is bolder, more aggressive, more masculine.


These data confirm this: The new car is 1,808 mm wide (84 mm wider), height 1486 mm (12 mm below) and 4,278 mm in length (152 mm longer). This has led to new proportions. Length victory meant that the roof could be longer, the windshield could be transferred back and forth to follow the contours of the original Beetle. The new center is the C-pillar. At the same time the development team has risen to track the car and step. All of this aspect of the VW Beetle powerful muscle tension.

Typical of Volkswagen Beetle typical: a new DNA

2011 style. Despite all its individuality, resulting DNA Volkswagen design style created by Walter de Silva, Klaus Bischoff. expressed clearly in the horizontal image of the front bumper, front air intake, straight lines of the bonnet leading edge, just pulled from the line of demarcation between a pillar and C pillar and the rear style.

Beetle, Microbus, the original Golf. And yet it was possible to retain all the typical characteristics of a Volkswagen Beetle design. This should not be a surprise, after all, was the vehicle, as the Beetle, Microbus, and the original Golf, which had a decisive influence on the design DNA of Volkswagen '. "Of course, some of the long-term ownership of the beetle: These round headlamps (optional bi-xenon headlights with LED lights are available for the first time in this series), the broken wings, the shape of the sides Caps and thresholds porter, and - more than ever - big wheels (up to 19 inches), which can be integrated.


A new feature is the rear spoiler which is integrated into the design of the uniform (standard TSI engines of 118 kW / 160 PS and 147 kW / 200 hp), which actively supports the road contact the Volkswagen, which has driving speed to 225 km / h, depending on the engine, and is available in three equipment lines "Beetle", "Design" and "Sport." Moreover, the upper surface of the rear wing is always black, while the bottom is painted body color. These colors - 12 colors - make every day car driving dynamics with names like "Saturnyellow" and "Blue Denim."

Original interior like no other

The cockpit makes a visual impression. Is it possible for a cockpit to make an impression? Are you kidding? By its nature! Motorists sit in the cockpit. Sometimes for hours at a time. And yet there are cars with cockpit leaves no lasting impression. They have a "look alike" appearance, which say marketing - an easily confused with another, lack of charisma. VW Beetle cockpit, on the other hand is unique, unique, cool, classic design with a passion for details. This cockpit is perceived as something special.

All hand-eye. The form and use of color in the dash panel painted or carbon before viewing the dashboard back to the design of the first VW Beetle, but the new car is not retro. In Europe, for example, the dashboard is of a "united Schwarz (black) in the base model (" Beetle "), under" Design "team is always painted on the specific color not listed. Clients who choose sport at getting the look of carbon (carbon fiber). No matter what colors are used, the Volkswagen drivers will be able to locate all of the inside, his eyes closed.

Yet, everything is renewed. Round Three of the instruments held in front of the driver (tachometer, speedometer, fuel gauge) to provide all relevant information, the speed sensor integrated (center) is a multifunction display. Select the "Design" at the level of equipment, adjustable air vents and instruments are chrome frames. This also applies to the audio / navigation optimum is in the field of vision of the dashboard, surrounded by two air intakes. This also applies to the control of the air conditioner. Everything is within reach and sight.

Back in the glove box. Similar to the original Beetle, the new car has a spare glove box built into the dashboard before, if the cover is folded (standard glove box also integrates opens down). Another classic feature: the optional auxiliary instruments above the selected audio / navigation system: oil temperature, clock with stopwatch and turbo pressure indicator. Also new: The steering wheel is especially designed for the Volkswagen Beetle with optional accents painted in the rays depending on the equipment line. Such details clearly show that residents are in a Beetle - there is no doubt it.

Air-cooled Beetle. New Beetle. The Beetle. A distinctive feature of the beetle - the third generation if you will - is that its interior ergonomics and packaging are based on entirely new configuration. While pilots flew air-cooled beetle in a very low seat height, and New Beetle drivers feel as if they were driver and the cover was so far away, the last Beetle Volkswagen now offers a streamlined, driver-focused coupe experience. Each device is within reach. In addition, Volkswagen has succeeded once again to implement a quality material that goes beyond all boundaries of class. The car's appearance, usability, functionality and quality interact to create a new car a friendship with a very special character.

The New Beetle is inside the cathedral. Opposite, the Beetle is now a little lower in the profile of the leadership of his predecessor retired. It now offers 1,044 mm of headroom in place of the above 1,082 mm. However, the 38 mm hardly be missed, even by great pilot, from inside the New Beetle was a "cathedral" of compact cars. Meanwhile, in the back seat, the long section of roof on a much larger feeling of space. The bootspace is much more important, now has 310 instead of 209 liters. As usual, the car has a split, folding rear kit, and a large trunk opening is easy to load and unload.

Several additional functions: to distinguish the VW Beetle

"Beetle," "Design" and "Sport." The new Volkswagen will be available worldwide in three equipment lines "Beetle", "Design" and "Sport." Each version is unique. In addition, the markets themselves will focus on certain aspects. Volkswagen will release the individual parameters of these levels of customization for a presentation of an international driving license for journalists. In addition to the three equipment lines, the ladybug can be customized with a wide range of optional features. An overview of some key features:

Bi-xenon headlights and LED daytime running lights. Volkswagen Beetle offers bi-xenon headlights for the first time. 15 LED module xenon headlights frame and outer perimeters, put daytime running lights and parking lights.

Sunroof. It is transparent and can be tilted or opened. Therefore, the correct name is: panoramic tilt / slide glass sunroof. Much more important: It is 80 percent higher (surface of glass) than the previous model. In addition, insulating glass blocks 99 percent of UV radiation and 92 percent of thermal energy.

Radio-CD, radio and navigation systems. New Beetle was available exclusively to radio-CD has been specially designed for this model. Not offered navigation systems. Now, Volkswagen has taken a completely different approach and offers all the systems available in other sets of models like the Golf, Jetta and Passat VW New Beetle, as well. Standard Beetle is the RCD 310 and 8 speakers, which is an excellent sound system (includes two tuners). Top RCD 510 audio system with integrated CD changer, an SD card and touch screen interface. Affordable entry-level satellite navigation system is the RNS 315 touchscreen and 5-inch (400 x 240 pixels), CD player, SD card slot and two receivers. Top satellite navigation system is a model of the RNS 510, it offers improvements such as a 6.5-inch touch screen, DVD player, voice control, SD card slot and 30-gigabyte hard drive.

Premium Sound System with Fender. All about the world of rock music is familiar with such greats as Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. The first played Fender guitars, while the latter still does not work. Now, the legendary American producer of musical instruments and amplifiers - a joint venture with Panasonic - not sharing his expertise with the Volkswagen brand. The result is a system of Fender's voluntary that is offered in the Volkswagen Beetle with a woofer and an additional power of 400 watts. Those who choose this audio system also adjustable ambient lighting inside. In addition to providing indirect lighting, also includes two light rings around the speaker boxes in the doors. In Europe, the Volkswagen Beetle on the first car to offer a sound system Fender.

Keyless entry. Lock keyless entry and engine start system is introduced in the Volkswagen Beetle, which operates without a door or ignition key. When one of the main door handles are affected, the system detects an access authorization of an issuer in the person's jacket, pants or purse, and then opens and allows the beetle to start the engine through the engine start button. The blockade of the Volkswagen from the outside, also is activated by pressing one of two door handles, in this case, however, a specially marked area is used.

All round safety. Let us focus. In Beetle, Volkswagen is building a car that is one of the safest in both active and passive safety. Naturally, the ESP electronic stability program are standard, which is an efficient network of six airbags that protect the cockpit. Naturally, the bodywork of the car - much of the laser-welded galvanized - an exhibition of the best values ​​of torsional rigidity in the segment of 26,000 Nm / °. Naturally, because security is a fundamental quality in a Volkswagen.

superior fuel economy of 40 mpg and 4.3 l/100 km: Engines

U.S. diesel with 140 hp. When it comes to engines, all signs point toward sustainability. United States, the VW Beetle is available as a turbo diesel for the first time. The Beetle 2.0 TDI (103 kW / 140 hp) complying with all emission limits of the United States and achieves 40 mpg fuel economy in the cycle of the highway is 29 mpg city and 33 mpg combined . Consequently, the Volkswagen Beetle is a good choice as one of the cars most fuel efficient in its class. In addition, Volkswagen has not only excellent fuel economy values ​​in the version with a manual gearbox 6 speed, but also - and this is a start and technical Beetle - with transmission option clutch 6-speed double.

gasoline engines in the United States with 170 hp and 200 hp. values ​​of fuel economy has also improved in the 2.5-liter five-cylinder petrol, already a hit in the previous model. VW Beetle manually moved to 22 miles per gallon (city) 31 mpg (highway) and 25 mpg (combined). His counterpart with a 6-speed automatic is 22 miles per gallon (city) 29 mpg (highway) and 25 mpg (combined) - which represents an increase of up to 10 percent in fuel economy. Pioneer: even the Beetle 2.0 TSI 147 kW / 200 hp reaches a combined fuel economy of 25 mpg. The great TSI is also available with a choice of 6-speed DSG gearbox.


engines in the world, with 105 hp, 140 hp, 160 hp and 200 hp. In markets such as Asia, Australia, Europe and New Zealand, the new Volkswagen Beetle is offered exclusively with charged engines. All engine versions - all with four cylinders - used for the first time in this series of models. Car parts significantly reduces the values ​​of fuel consumption and emissions compared to the previous model with the transition to turbo gasoline (TSI) and turbo diesel common rail direct injection (TDI). The three petrol responsible for the production of the Beetle 77 kW / 105 PS, 118 kW / 160 PS and 147 kW / 200 hp engines. The two diesel engines developing 77 kW / 105 hp and 103 kW / 140 hp (TDI not available in China). The five motors can be combined with a dual clutch transmission as an option.

The engine with 160 hp and 200 hp in detail. Although the rapid evolution of 225 kmh VW Beetle 200 hp 2.0 TSI consumes energy only 7.4 l/100 km (equal to 173 g / km of CO2) and manual transmission. It is also very economical 1.4 TSI 160 PS is transferred to the "7-speed DSG transmission, the Beetle, consumes just 5.9 liters per 100 km (139 g / km CO2), the data of fuel consumption, as this makes the Beetle 1.4 TSI DSG (maximum speed.: 207 kmh), a pleasant surprise for the engine program. In comparison, the predecessor of 110 kW / 150 HP reaches a value of 8.9 l/100 km for the automatic version . While the 10 PS more power, fuel consumption decreased by 3.0 l/100 km or 34 percent.

Differential Lock larger gasoline engine. To ensure that the strongest power the two versions of Volkswagen Beetle was successfully applied to the road in the curves are fast approaching, and patterns of 160 horsepower (European version) and 200 hp (worldwide) are equipped with a factory installed electronic differential lock XDS. This system extends the familiar functions of EDS. XDS improves handling when driving fast curve and calibrate the car to the more "neutral" control, which used to stop active intervention to avoid wheel spin the wheel without charge within the curve, which improves traction.