With a simple design both inside and out, the Volkswagen took the world by storm as it could fit four people inside on the fabric seats. It literally moved the entire at one point.
Incredibly enough these models were in production for 75 years and remained relatively unchanged throughout the years. Mechanical and interior changes did occur throughout the three-quarters of a century of production.
Base models are fitted with manual windows, a centrally mounted speedometer and a manual gear stick. Options such as air conditioning, AM or FM radio, glove box storage compartment, cigarette lighter, fog lights and sunroof.
Commonly referred to as the type 1, they are available as hatchback or convertible. Due to its popularity, fans reconstructed models use on the beach which are commonly referred to as Baja Bugs.
Many models are highly sought after include the split rear window versions that were made available in the late 40’s and 50’s.
Powering the rear wheels is a four cylinder petrol or diesel mated as standard to a manual gearbox and very rarely an automatic version. Weighing in at 840 kilos, the vehicles weren’t known for their high-end speeds and quick drag times. In 1951, a diesel version tested how fast 0-100 km/h could be achieved. 60 seconds was the final time.
Even though a newer shape was unveiled in 1997, the old form continued to be popular in individual countries and was kept in production until 2003.
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1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 Volkswagen in Dubai, UAE
Volkswagen looked to reinvent the Beetle by launching a model with a new shape to fit in with current design trends. With a rounder shapes, the vehicle brought along with it a variety of new engines, updated interior and new options.
Base models are equipped with fabric seats, power accessories and a radio tuner. Optional extras include dual airbags, keyless entry, four-wheel disc brakes, central locking, larger rims, spoiler, leather seats, CD player and a sunroof with five seatbelts. Both convertible and hatchback models are available.
In the early 2000’s a Millennium Cup edition launched that was aimed towards those who wanted a sportier feel. Available only with a manual transmission, the exterior grew wider by the wheel arches and has a spoiler. Another version of this is limited to just 250 units is known as the Beetle RSi. It has all wheel drive (4Motion, a V6 engine and a six-speed gearbox along with similar features to the Cup Edition.
Standard models are powered by a variety of four cylinder motors some even have turbochargers with straight five versions available in select reasons. Front wheel drive is now standard as it’s cheaper to build and automatic gearboxes are standard and manual transmissions are available.
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2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 Volkswagen Beetle in Dubai, UAE
What you could say is that the Beetle was in its third generation in 2012, it launched with an all-new look. While it does look similar to the previous years, the rounded shape is refined into a sophisticated one. With its low slung roof, remodelled bumpers, headlights and interior.
Options receive a massive overhaul and now includes xenon headlights lined with LED’s, Bluetooth, navigation, media inputs, premium sound system and returning features from the previous models.
Six special editions are available in this generation. Dune models sport a unique shade of paint resembling sand and rides 1.4 cm higher than standard models, R-Line versions feature a more potent motor and unique badges, Fender models are equipped with a high-end system. Xbox versions are available in Black, Silver and White and feature a panoramic sunroof, 18-inch alloys, rear spoiler and contrasting accents. There are also Turbo Black, Black Turbo and GSR versions.
Power comes from a four-cylinder motor with various displacements with some variants aided by a turbocharger. Five cylinder units are also available, and all versions are controlled by a manual or automatic gearbox hooked up to the front axle.
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