2012 Volkswagen Beetle Teased by Oprah

The Germans from Volkswagen apparently have managed to learn something from Ford and their innovative method of paving the way for the new Fiesta. Surrounded by glamor, adorned with a bit of Oprah and spiced with a touch of "Ultimate Favorite Things" giveaway, the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle made its first appearance today. Shy, indeed, but an appearance nonetheless.

The famous TV star showed the world the silhouette of the next generation Beetle, one which is hoped will be more successful than the current version, which falls far behind the success of the first Beetle.

So far, Oprah is the only human on the planet not working for Volkswagen to have seen the model. To be presented in spring next year, the model has long been rumored to be radically different than the current generation.

Under the completely reworked body of the car, a new chassis with wider tracks and a longer wheelbase will house a wide range of engines. The offering will probably be made of the range topping 2.0l 210 hp unit, followed by a 1.2l unit (105 bhp), a 1.4l (160 bhp) and a 2.5l (170 bhp). The diesel range will comprise 1.6l and 2.0l engines, with powers of 105 bhp and 140 bhp, respectively.

The new Beetle will also have a hybrid version, which will use the powertrain featured on the Jetta CC, namely a 1.4l turbocharged engine which develops 150 bhp, coupled to a 27 bhp electric motor.

According to, citing VW US CEO Jonathan Browning, the new Beetle will boast a bit more style at the interior, with Bluetooth integration, touchscreen and ambient lighting being the highlights.
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