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VOLKSWAGEN Beetle Series/Models Timeline, Specifications and Pictures

Generations: 7
First production year: 1945
Engines: Gasoline, Diesel
Body style: Coupé (two-door)
 

2016 - 2019

Already iconic, the Beetle was the world’s best selling car with the most recognizable shape. The first Beetle came to life in 1983, but it was sold under the nameplate of Type I, 1200, 1300 and 1500. The Beetle was also nicknamed „Bug”. The new models still hold the "people's car" design. Volkswagen presented the coupe and the convertible Beetle in 2016, with three engine o...

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gasoline engines:

  VOLKSWAGEN Beetle 1.2L TSI 6MT (105 HP)

  VOLKSWAGEN Beetle 1.2L TSI 7AT (105 HP)

  VOLKSWAGEN Beetle 1.4L TSI 6MT (150 HP)

  VOLKSWAGEN Beetle 1.4L TSI 7AT (150 HP)

  VOLKSWAGEN Beetle 2.0L TSI 6MT (220 HP)

  VOLKSWAGEN Beetle 2.0L TSI 7AT (220 HP)

diesel engines:

  VOLKSWAGEN Beetle 2.0L TDI 5MT (110 HP)

  VOLKSWAGEN Beetle 2.0L TDI 6MT (150 HP)

  VOLKSWAGEN Beetle 2.0L TDI 7AT (110 HP)

  VOLKSWAGEN Beetle 2.0L TDI 7AT (150 HP)

2013 - 2014

At the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, Volkswagen showed the limited edition Beetle GSR. The GSR was showed exactly 40 years after the first generation Beetle had also received a “GSR” version, for the racing enthusiasts. But since the former vehicle had a special engine installed, now the regulations didn't allow too much freedom of movement. The three initials are coming from the german words...

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gasoline engines:

  VOLKSWAGEN Beetle GSR 2.0 TSI 6AT (211 HP)

  VOLKSWAGEN Beetle GSR 2.0 TSI 6MT (211 HP)

2011 - 2016

The first ever built Beetle was presented in 1938. It was officially named Volkswagen Type 1 and had a coupe body, with a rear engine and was intended for five occupants. Back then, it was the so called “people’s car”. While at that time, being an economy car, it suited people’s needs, years later, Volkswagen was forced to drastically redesign the Beetle to access a wider range of buyers and...

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2005 - 2010

The 2005 version of the Volkswagen Beetle is the upgraded version of the 1998 edition, which obviously came with a large number of improvements and advanced features. For example, Volkswagen equipped it with an MP3 player, a gadget which was initially an optional feature, while the turbocharged 1.8 liter four cylinder version of the Beetle has a six-speed automatic transmission. Moreover, the 20...

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2001 - 2002

An unexpected model from the VW Group was released in 2001. Everybody was familiar with the iconic Beetle, but it was time for VW to step up and create something different. The RSI Beetle was the rarest car VW ever made, with only 250 units produced. Actually - 251. All 250 RSIs were painted in silver with orange seats inside, however, the 251st was blue and belonged to a former VW manager. ...

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1998 - 2005

Volkswagen revived the famous Beetle nameplate in 1998 when it introduced the Golf-based, round-shaped vehicle on the market, bringing a breath of fresh air into the German carmaker's lineup. While the original model, although heavily upgraded, of the Beetle was still produced in Mexico, Volkswagen decided that it was time for a new model to carry on the car's legacy that built the ...

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1945 - 2003

The Beetle was one of the most important cars ever made. It was produced in over 21 million units. After WWII, from the remains of its factory, Volkswagen was reborn due to the little car. Designed by one of the greatest automotive engineers in history, Dr. Ferdinand Porsche, by the order of the most feared dictators, Adolf Hitler, the VW 1200 was revived in 1945 with the help of the British ...

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