Lewisville Volkswagen: The Road Trip Continues

Zoe’s trip is continuing as scheduled! The 2012 Volkswagen Beetle is a great road trip vehicle.  Watch as our lovebirds discuss making the big leap and moving in together! Be sure to stop at Czech Stop on your way home, guys!

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A Beetle Worthy of the 21st Century: A Breakdown of the 21st Century Beetle

Thanks for reading our series on the iconic Volkswagen Beetle. We’ve covered the history, some fun facts, and covered the different generations.  In this blog post, Lewisville Volkswagen breaks down the all new 21st Century Volkswagen Beetle.

The ubiquitous VW Beetle is one of the most familiar body styles of any car on the road, recognizable to just about anyone who’s above the age of five.  Back in ’98, the New VW Beetle, while completely unlike the old VW mechanically, was meant to be reminiscent of the old body style, with a tall, rounded roofline and bulging fenders.  The first-generation New Beetle was an instant hit (selling 6 million units in the United States alone), but it was a car that was always considered “cute,” a similar sort of appeal as the Mini and the Mazda Miata.  The New Beetle even came with a flower vase in the middle of the dashboard as part of its quirky appeal.

Now comes the second generation of the New Beetle, and the word “masculine” is coming into play.

21st Century Beetle - Lewisville VolkswagenThe body lines still recall the Beetle heritage, but the changes are unmistakable.  The 21st Century Beetle is longer, lower and wider than the previous generation, with a longer hood, more steeply-raked windshield and stretched-out rear fenders.  The round taillights have been traded for U-shaped lamps, and the wheels have been replaced with robust 19-inch alloys.   The revamped body also means a better use of interior room, but the changes don’t stop there.

The new Volkswagen Bug also come with plenty of scat, with a 200-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder available.  For the economy-minded, there’s a 170-horsepower 2.5 liter 5-cylinder diesel and a 140-horsepower 2-liter turbodiesel, which squeeze out 29 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway.  Klaus Bischoff, head of the VW design team, maybe says it best:  “Less flower, more power.”

Volkswagen-VW-Beetle-Interior-2012-Lewisville VWThere’s a lot of excitement brewing about the new Beetle, and the folks at VW are insisting that we not call it the “new New Beetle,” instead opting for “21st Century Beetle” and shedding the previous generation’s cutesy image.  People are talking about it on Lewisville Volkswagen’s Facebook page, Dallas-area drivers are starting to ask about it at the showroom (and Tweet about it on Twitter), and the anticipation is starting to build.  But we’d like to hear from you – why not give us a shout and let us know what you think, too?  Because we’re pretty sure that it’s going to be worth the wait!

Volkswagen Beetle Fun Facts: History of the Slug Bug Game & Celebrity VW Bugs too!

One of the fun things about the Volkswagen Beetle is the fact that it has taken on so many different lives!  For years, it evolved into a car that was a statement on the driver’s nonconformity and individuality, while supplying millions of people with a fun-to-drive, dependable, economical set of wheels.  Here are some Volkswagen fun facts for you:

Volkswagen Beetle Dallas - Floating VW BeetleDid you know that the old Volkswagen four-cylinder has been used to drive everything from motorcycles to light planes to firefighting pumps to Zamboni ice resurfacers?

Did you know that the old Beetle could float? With its sealed floor pans and body, the Beetle could indeed stay afloat for several minutes, as was advertised in the Sixties.

History of the Game Slug Bug or Punch BuggyThink back to when you were a kid.  Remember the old “slug bug” game, also known as “punch buggy?”  That was where you’d spot a Beetle and punch your sibling on the arm.  From one vacationing family to the next, the game would take on new rules (such as calling out the color of the car), or declaring that black or “old school” VW’s were worth two punches.  Slug Mini or Slug Geo just isn’t the same, is it?

Herbie the Love Bug - Dallas VolkswagenAlso…remember Herbie the Love Bug?  Ol’ #53 (a ’63 fabric-roofed Beetle) got into many escapades over the years, winning races, heading off diamond thieves, stopping con artists and starring opposite Don Knotts, Harvey Korman, Julie Sommars and even Bruce Campbell.  Once Herbie the Beetle took to the silver screen via Disney Studios, there were a total of six Herbie movies…not bad for an unassuming little car!

The “bolt-on” design of the old VW flat-four engine has meant that hot rodders have found it very easy to modify Beetles for performance.  That’s meant larger pistons, hotter camshafts, bigger valves, dual carburetors, free-flowing exhaust and even superchargers, with Beetles becoming commonplace at the dragstrip.  The frame and drivetrain have proved themselves adaptable for off-road use with the familiar “Baja Bug” and dune buggy modifications.  The rounded body, on the other hand, is a natural with art-car aficionados, having been turned into a New Orleans Saints football helmet and a cowboy hat…not to mention the Rolls Royce and ’40 Ford front-end kits that used to be commonplace for Beetles!

So will the New Beetle wind up with as many lives and as much personality as the Old Beetle did?  Well, time will tell.  We do know that hotties like Lauren Conrad, Jessica Stroup and Heidi Klum like the new Beetle Convertible…why not come on in to Lewisville Volkswagen and see if there’s a Beetle that’s a good fit for you? If you would like to get on the list to be ready to purchase the 21st century Beetle, make sure you contact us on our website.

Ch..Ch..Changes: The Evolution of the Volkswagen Beetle

Last week, we covered the initial history of the Volkswagen Beetle.  One of the most iconic car models in history, the folks at Volkswagen tinkered with design greatness by moving forward in 1998 and most recently in 2011, by changing the body styles.  Lewisville Volkswagen, continues it’s deep look at the classic Volkswagen beetle by discussing the most recent changes to the zippy little German legend!

Though the familiar VW Beetle had a good run (in production with minor change for over 50 years!), it was getting long in the tooth.   Volkswagen knew, however, that the rounded shape of the humble old Beetle was still registered in many people’s minds.  At a 1994 car show, the Concept 1 was unveiled, with a “retro” theme and the platform and running gear of the Volkswagen Polo.

New Volkswagen Beetle - Lewisville VWThe Concept 1 instantly created a buzz with the public, and the New Beetle was unveiled in ’98.  It shared no mechanical parts or designs with the old Beetle, having the engine and drive wheels in front and luggage in the rear.  It was, however, very reminiscent of the old Beetle’s profile, with bulging fenders, large, round headlights and taillights and a smoothly-arched roof.  The car soon proved to be much more than a gimmick, with a sophisticated design, good performance and economy, a comfortable interior and great build quality.

The New Beetle came standard with a 1.4 liter 4 cylinder; by the 2000 model year, a 1.8 liter turbocharged 4-cylinder was made available.  For American buyers, the car came stock with a 2.0 liter 115 hp 4-cylinder, with an optional 1.9 liter 100 hp diesel 4-cylinder available.  In 2003, a convertible version was released, replacing the Golf-based VW Cabriolet.  The Beetle RSi was a limited-edition road burner with dual exhaust, all-wheel drive, a 3.2 liter 221 horsepower engine and a 6-speed transmission.

21st Century Beetle - 2012 Beetle - Lewisville VWAimed at a younger market, the New Beetle featured a built-in flower vase on the dashboard; some models also had a 1950s-style dashboard-mounted rear-view mirror.  The car was a runaway success, selling millions of units worldwide.  Automotive designs don’t have the kind of longevity they used to, though, and by 2011 the New Beetle’s run was over.  Coming up next is the 21st Century Beetle, an update that was aimed at being a little less cute and a little more masculine… but we will make sure to cover that more in depth in our next blog post!

If you would like to purchase the current Volkswagen Beetle in Dallas, visit Lewisville Volkswagen, your Dallas Volkswagen Dealer or view our inventory on our website.

The History Of the Volkswagen Beetle

The 21st Century Beetle was unveiled to the world on April 18th, 2011 on MTV.  With that said, we at Lewisville Volkswagen, decided to a blog series dedicated to the iconic Beetle. The Bug. The Love Bug. Slug Bug. Herbie. Whatever you call it, we will cover it! We will cover the history, the newer versions, fun facts, and of course an in depth breakdown of the all new 21st Century Beetle! Enjoy.

It’s hard to think of too many vehicles that have become as much of a part of the American car culture as the Beetle.  Its profile is instantly recognizable (think about it…a five-year-old kid can recognize a Beetle when he sees one), millions have been sold over the last sixty years, and the Beetle was even a movie star back in the Sixties.  So…let’s have a quick look at the history of the Volkswagen Beetle.

ThVW Beetle Cabrio 1949 - Lewisville VWe Volkswagen Beetle story began in the years before WWII as designer Ferdinand Porsche took inspiration from the Czech-built Tatra 570, which also featured an air-cooled rear engine, rear wheel drive and an aerodynamic body.  Development stopped, of course, during WWII although elements of the VW design were put to use in German military vehicles.  After the war, the Beetle was almost over with before it began, though, when the British military had to remove an unexploded Allied bomb that was lodged in some irreplaceable factory equipment at the VW plant!

For American drivers, it all started in ’49, when the Beetle (aka the Type 1) hit US shores with a puny 25-horsepower engine.  In six years’ time, a million Beetles had been built worldwide.  Rather than mess with success, Volkswagen changed the car very slowly and incrementally over the years, keeping it functional, simple and economical.  The changes that came along in the sixties (such as independent rear suspension, 12-volt electrical system, larger, more powerful engines and ball-joint front suspension) were necessary and well-planned, keeping the Beetle in pace with the times.

1960 Volkswagen Beetle Ad - Lewisville VWThe car’s success defied conventions, with the tiny Beetle up against the huge, heavy, chromed-up cars from Detroit.  Volkswagen’s ad campaign also ran counter to Detroit conventional wisdom, practically poking fun at the car itself – and those 1960s VW ads are still studied in advertising courses as a groundbreaking marketing strategy.  The Beetle continued to be made in South America and Mexico all the way up to 2003, ending a 58-year production run for a car that had been used as a taxi, family car, hippie ride, dragster, dune buggy and even a police car.  But the mystique of the humble Beetle lived on, and the Volkswagen team was kicking around ideas for a new Beetle before the old one was even out of production…so, they tinkered again!

In our next blog post, we will cover the next generations that you see today on the road of the Volkswagen Beetle. Of course, if you want to know more, you can always see one at Lewisville Volkswagen, your Dallas Volkswagen dealership, by coming in for a test drive, or taking a look at our inventory, today!

2012 Volkswagen Beetle – Retro Lovers Rejoice

The all new Volkswagen Beetle

The Volkswagen Beetle – reliable, fun, and unique – and getting a new look for the new decade.

With its zippy handling and distinct design, the Beetle has been a popular choice for over half a century.  Starring in movies and even inspiring its own game, it’s moved beyond just a vehicle for getting around to becoming a cultural icon. Since its inception in the 1930s, the Beetle has maintained its signature look and a unique place in the hearts of car buyers across the world.

In 1998, the Volkswagen New Beetle was introduced at the Detroit Auto Show with an updated design for a modern world. Since its introduction, 1.2 million units have been built, and it can arguably be credited with almost single-handedly launching what has become the “retro” trend in new car design.  VW took the classic Beetle shape and transformed it for the 21st century.  The New Beetle has a front-mounted engine and front wheel drive as opposed to the classic, which had rear engine mounting and rear wheel drive.

Since its release 13 years ago, VW has decided to improve upon the already popular design of the New Beetle.  The redesigned 2012 model will continue the classic round headlights but have a stronger, sportier look. With a flatter roof and more upright windshield, it will look even more retro than the current model. A longer wheelbase and wider stance gives the new model additional legroom and better handling.  Overall, while still pleasing current fans of the Beetle, the new sleek look will also appeal to a broader group of car buyers, combining modern and vintage into one superior vehicle.

Beetle lovers don’t have too long to wait for a peek at the newly designed Beetle.  Fans can expect the launch of the 2012 model this spring, and it will appear at Lewisville Volkswagen this summer.