2011 Volkswagen Beetle Side View

If you were a car manufacturer that has already explored the Chinese market as one option to push sales figures through the roof, but you still wanted to sell more, what would you do? You would redesign the car to appeal to a wider audience, and that is what Volkswagen has done.

Retaining the signature lines of a Beetle, or slight variations of the same, the 2011 Volkswagen Beetle sports a much more modern, butch and masculine look compared to its predecessor.

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The revised dimensions have lent to entirely new proportions. The gain in length means that the roof could be extended further, the front windscreen could be shifted back, and the rear section could follow the contour of the original Beetle. The new focal point is the C-pillar. All of this and the increased track and wheelbase gives the Beetle a powerful appearance with muscular tension.

2011 Volkswagen Beetle Design Sketch Interiors

The front-facia panel ( dash pad) is in ‘Monochrome Black’ on the base model, in the body color in the ‘Design’ variant and the ‘Sport’ variant, it get a carbon fibre look. Similar to the original Beetle, the new car has an extra glovebox (“Beetle box”) integrated in the front facia whose lid folds upward (the standard glovebox that is integrated with it opens downward).

2011 Volkswagen Beetle Dials

Another classic feature would be the optional auxiliary instruments above the selected audio/navigation system: oil temperature, clock with chronometer function and boost pressure gauge. Also new are the steering wheels specially designed for the Beetle with painted accents in the spokes that differ depending on the equipment line.

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“A comparison to the 1998 New Beetle shows this: nothing remained as it was on the previous car model. “The Beetle is now characterised by a clean, self-confident and dominant sportiness. The car not only has a lower profile; it is also substantially wider, the front bonnet is longer, the front windscreen is shifted further back and has a much steeper incline. All of this creates a new dynamism,” explains Klaus Bischoff. The roof profile actually runs distinctly lower and can be considered a continuation of the Ragster concept car shown in Detroit in 2005 – a type of hot rod based on the New Beetle. The latest generation Beetle is bolder, more dynamic, more masculine. ”

2011 Volkswagen Beetle