Volkswagen Beetle

A revamped Volkswagen Beetle range was launched in 2005 which had several design modifications. This used Volkswagen Beetle is now a thing of the past with many new innovations featured on the latest model.

Refreshed styling for the model included revised front and rear bumpers with new air intakes. There were flat chamfers rather than curved outer edges to the wheelarches.

The Volkswagen Beetle was given rectangular rather than oval front indicators and the headlight shape was modified to give a different appearance.

Volkswagen decided on new rear lights for the Beetle with clear circular inset section.

There was also a circular rather than a rectangular fuel filler flap and a revised VW badge was fitted to the front and the rear of the car.

The Volkswagen Beetle was given a new range of colours, trims and wheel designs with chrome featuring on air vents and instrument surrounds.

The Volkswagen Beetle range consisted of a variety of five different engines which were available for use on both the Beetle and Beetle Cabriolet.

The engine range consisted of petrol power units including a 1.4-litre 75PS, a 1.6-litre 102 PS, a 2.0-litre 115 PS, and a 1.8T 150PS. The oil burners on offer were a 1.9-litre TDI which was EU4 and with 105PS rather than 100PS.

The Volkswagen Beetle range kicked off with the Luna 1.4-litre and Luna 1.6-litre models.

They were fitted with alloy wheels and were priced lower than their predecessors – the 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre trim models. The diesel 1.9-litre TDI, 2.0-litre and 1.8T trim levels stayed the same as before.

All Volkswagen Beetle models were fitted out with equipment including an electronic stabilisation programme, driver, front passenger, front seat side and curtain airbags, a radio/CD audio system, remote central locking with alarm; electric windows; alloy wheels on all except TDI models, electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors.

The New Beetle was in place which followed the last old Beetle rolling off the production line in 2003.

The start of the final production run was announced at a ceremony at the Puebla plant in Mexico.

The signal was given to start production of the ‘Ultima Edicion’ – which means final edition.

Three thousand Ultima Edicion Beetles had a 1.6-litre engine and came in Aquarius Blue or Harvest Moon Beige.

Chrome trim strips, bumpers, hub caps and mirrors distinguished this Beetle from others.

The idea of the Beetle was born in 1934, when Ferdinand Porsche wrote his ‘Exposé regarding the construction of a German People’s Car’. It has a rich history.

The first prototype was completed in 1936. Mass production of the Beetle began in 1945, and the first exports started in 1947. The first convertible Beetle was built in 1949.

In 1950, the 100,000th Beetle rolled off the line, and just five years later the millionth Beetle was produced.

By the time the final Última Edición was built, almost 22 million Beetles had been produced.

The Beetle was not only sold virtually everywhere in the world, it was also produced in 20 countries, including Germany, Belgium, Ireland, Singapore, Nigeria and Peru.

The New Beetle continued to be built at Puebla and sold excellently as its predecessor had done.