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1st Gear: Volkswagen of America, Inc. today announced pricing for the new new 2012 Volkswagen Beetle, the third generation of the classic "people's car". The new Beetle will start at just $18,995 for the base model, and comes equipped with a 170-horsepower in-line five-cylinder 2.5-liter engine. The sportier model (VW actually calls it the "sportiest" model, but we're holding out hope that we'll see a quicker model than this — like an "R" model maybe?) - the 2.0-liter TSI - will have a starting MSRP of $23,395. This model uses Volkswagen's 2.0-liter in-line four-cylinder turbocharged engine that produces 200 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque.