VW has worked hard to butch up the image to the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle, with chunkier curves, retro wheels, and a raked windshield. Well, forget about all of that because we've just seen the namby-pamby cabrio version for the first time.
I'm not saying a straight man can't drive a non-retro Volkswagen Beetle, I'm just saying I don't know any who do. The Associated Press headline writers, inadvertently, do seem to be saying this.
In a little over a decade Volkswagen saw its Beetle transform from Adolf Hitler's dream of the "people's car" to the foulest of all marketing slurs — a "chick car." Does the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle finally provide a more manly solution? We drove it today to find out.
No, silly, the question is why wouldn't the new 2012 Volkswagen Beetle be driving around the streets of Laredo, Texas.
Handling "like Herbie" is a direct quote from VW marketing boss Luca De Meo. He's referring to the clean-sheet 2012 Beetle's new electronic front differential, which, according to Volkswagen, should allow for more nimble handling.
After more than a decade of production, the New Beetle's grown mighty stale and, more importantly — effeminate. The all-new 2012 Volkswagen Beetle ditches the flowers for more power, bringing design and engineering back into this century with a masculine look decidedly planted in the last one.
The 2012 Volkswagen Beetle will be unveiled in a three-continent marketing blitz with MTV on April 18th in Shanghai, Berlin and New York City.