I'm not talking styling, and I'm not talking about rear-engine construction, either. I mean, what if you had to build a car in 2014 that held to the same tenets that defined the original Volkswagen?

I'm talking about a car that can cruise all day at a fairly quick highway speed (the original design plans called for 60mph back in the 1930s, which was rather hot), has room for a full family (that has certainly ballooned over the decades), and is simple, reliable, as well as easy to use.

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If it were me, I'd think I'd end up with something like a stripped-out new Honda Fit, with an understressed naturally aspirated engine. There'd only need be enough power to wheel the thing along at a hundred without wheezing too bad. The question of if that car has enough character to match the original Bug is a bit open-ended, though. There was a charming utilitarianism and ugliness to the old Volkswagen that could use a comeback.

If you had to design the VW Beetle today, what would yours be like?

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