New York 2011: 2012 Volkswagen Beetle

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We all knew it was coming for some time, but Volkswagen was patient to hold off on until this year's New York Auto Show to reveal the completely redesigned Beetle. This is the first major redesign of the car since the New Beetle premiered way back in 1998. Shying away from the overall cutesy look, designers went with more masculine and crisper look in order to expand the car's appeal.

The design team started off with the original Beetle from a styling standpoint, as opposed to the outgoing model. It's also now 6 inches longer, 3.3 inches wider, and 0.5-inch lower than the New Beetle. Also, Volkswagen has officially dropped "New" from the name. Based on the new Jetta, power will come from three different engines. The 2.5-liter five-cylinder with 170 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque will serve as the base and is mated to either a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. The 2.0 TSI with 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque is optional for those desiring more power and will feature a rear spoiler and red brake calipers.

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Fortunately, the 2.0 TDI diesel with 140 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque is also offered and it returns a combined 33 mpg. Set to go on sale this fall, prices will start at around $20,000. VW has also confirmed that a high-performance R model and a convertible will also be arriving at a later date.

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