The only thing better than a Beetle is three Beetles. With that in mind, Volkswagen showcased three distinctive Beetles at this year’s Detroit Auto Show: the 2012 Beetle and two concept vehicles, the E-Bugster and Fender Beetle.
The E-Bugster, an all-electric take on the Beetle, combines classic design with forward-thinking innovation; the end result is nothing short of awesome. Part of the Volkswagen Blue-E-Motion line, this concept car is fun-filled and emission-free. It combines all the joy of driving with none of the environmental impact.
Our other concept car, the Fender Beetle, will go down in history as the Most Rockin’ Beetle Ever. A tribute to music fans and guitar lovers everywhere, the cabin is lined with genuine wood trim finished in Fender’s signature Sunburst coloration. The Fender sound system offers light-colored mesh like you’d find on an old Fender amplifier (with an iPhone dock in the middle), and the HVAC controls are metalized, harkening back to old amp knobs. Best of all, there’s a tube amp on top of the dash. A quarter-inch socket and tone adjustments are located in the hatch area, so you can plug in your guitar, play it through the subwoofer and rock out wherever you go.
And of course, no Beetle party would be complete without the 2012 Beetle. Redesigned for only the second time in its history, the 2012 Beetle is a fully modern interpretation of the classic Bug. German-engineered with no compromises, the 2012 Beetle offers enhanced driving performance and the highest fuel economy of any Beetle: a combined 33 mpg. The exterior offers a lower, sportier stance with a wider base for better handling and a longer profile for more interior space.
From concept cars to real-world production vehicles, we’re excited to give Beetle fans three reasons to celebrate. You can see all three models at the Detroit Auto Show on display at the Volkswagen booth. And be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for live updates from the show.