Welcome to Sunday Matinee, where we highlight classic car reviews or other longer videos I find on YouTube. Kick back and enjoy this blast from the past.
Lots of us hardcore enthusiasts like to rag on the recently-departed New Beetle. And the car gave us good reason to do so with its overly-cute looks, flower vase, and poor reliability.
But even as VW themselves have given the Old New Beetle the boot in favor of a supposedly more "masculine" car simply called the Beetle, we tend to forget what a giant deal this car was back in the late 1990s. The Golf-based New Beetle was a hit on the concept car circuit, and it sparked massive interest from the public when it was launched in 1997.