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    Thread: "New" Beetle to be introduced April 18th Worldwide

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      04-04-2011 10:43 AM #1
      Volkswagen announced today that they will officially unveil the next generation Beetle on April 18th during a 24 hour event starting in Shanghai, China, then moving on to Berlin, Germany and finally in New York City. In partnership with MTV, VW will pull out all the stops with headliner Black Eyed Peas playing in New York...

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      04-04-2011 10:58 AM #2
      It sounds a bit cheesy to me, honestly- but that's because they're involving MTV and the awful Black-Eyed Peas. I guess they want this to be the hip new car for teens?

      I'm still holding out to see what they've come up with before deciding how I feel about it. I'm getting mixed signals, though.
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      04-04-2011 11:03 AM #3
      based on the pictures i have seen i am very interested to see how this car does. i like the body shape a lot better then the NB but the few pictures i have seen show the front side markers at a very awquard angle so i hope they have fixed this.

      while including mtv is cheesy, i have a feeling VW will be pushing this car big on the teenager/young girl community and mtv is a good place to start.
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      04-04-2011 11:04 AM #4
      With the 2.0T it has potential.
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      04-04-2011 11:34 AM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by KahviVW View Post
      With the 2.0T it has potential.
      i was thinking the same thing

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      04-04-2011 11:55 AM #6
      Interested by the turbo models and more customisability, a la Mini.

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      04-04-2011 12:11 PM #7
      During my first mid-life crisis, I bought a pre-owned 2002 NB turbo 5sp. I loved it. I wanted the diesel but was more interested in performance than economy. Anyhow, I still had kids at home and too many dogs so when the economy dictated ONE CAR per person, I sold it. It also never handled as well as I hoped. If they come out with a sport model that handles (I now have Passat 3.6 4mo wagon which is awesome) and gets great mileage, when that ole Passat gets too many miles, the kids will be gone, the doggies will fit somehow, and I'll be on board! (P.S. Beau has a JSW TDI and we are looking at a pre-owned Rabbit/Golf for the teenagers so we are clearly a VW family anyhow).

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      04-04-2011 12:37 PM #8
      I like the flatter, more retro doors and roof...but the fascias have just looked tacked on, withholding full judgment until the production car shows up for that reason...2.0T with manual will be an easy sell to me in two or three years if the fascias look as good as the rest of the car.

      Hate the rollout but, meh, not going to lose the diehard VW people but it might get new people interested in the brand...
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      04-04-2011 01:01 PM #9
      So when does the new forum section get added to Vortex? And what will it be called?

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      04-04-2011 01:42 PM #10
      any leaked photos or spy shots out there on the web?

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      04-04-2011 06:29 PM #11
      the black eyed peas or MTV wont get me interested in it. But it will bring in a newer younger generation of teen mom's and snookie wanna bee's.

      cant wait to see it.

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      04-04-2011 06:31 PM #12
      [QUOTE= they're involving MTV and the awful Black-Eyed Peas. I guess they want this to be the hip new car for teens? .[/QUOTE]

      My 18yr old nephew avoids products attached to the world popular, yet still horrible BEPs.
      Smart kids know the BEPs are as corny as they come. Bad choice by the VW marketing department.

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      04-04-2011 06:57 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by Haynie View Post
      Smart kids know the BEPs are as corny as they come. Bad choice by the VW marketing department.
      Agreed, but VW probably isn't marketing this car to me. If they were, it'd be on Adult Swim with some obscure band that me and only 22 other people in the world have heard of.

      All in all, VW is going for coverage... which they will get with BEP and MTV.
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      04-04-2011 07:38 PM #14
      no black eyed peas, DUBSTEP

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      04-04-2011 07:46 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by dankvwguy View Post
      based on the pictures i have seen i am very interested to see how this car does. i like the body shape a lot better then the NB but the few pictures i have seen show the front side markers at a very awquard angle so i hope they have fixed this.
      Actually those were "bumper covers" they had on The Beetle
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    16. 04-04-2011 08:35 PM #16
      black eyed peas are not young anymore, are they? so, i don't get the mtv/bep launch either. they want to increase their market? then, bring on the polo, the other sporty models w/ tdi, nice handling, etc. eager to hand my wifes nb in for a new new one. this better be good, or we might go with a mini........we already have 6 vdubs.

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      04-04-2011 09:11 PM #17
      Black eyed peas are totally out MTV too!
      But I think that VW wants to increase their market.

      First appearance with Oprah mommy market and then MTV teen's market.
      the other market is cached with the previous owners and new engines.

      I think that is a good market strategy for VWOA.

      We see more moms and teens with beetles.


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      04-04-2011 09:16 PM #18
      Can't there be 1 sneak peak of this car? I'm craving a new Eos but this car is keeping me from buying. Can't wait to see the new Beetle.
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      04-04-2011 10:23 PM #19
      Blah, Black Eyed Peas. New body style will be good for the sales, but I won't be buying one until it comes with a rear mounted boxster engine
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      04-04-2011 10:32 PM #20
      seriously tho... look at how bad they sucked at superbowl they are so...."2 thousand and late"....

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      04-04-2011 10:36 PM #21
      It will be interesting to see how VW's network of crappy dealerships will handle this "customization" ala Mini, it's bad enough to go to my local dealer and find brochures on the new model year vehicles. Something that's not a problem when you walk into a Ford, Toyota or etc. dealership. I'm still waiting to see how my local Chrysler dealer, which will be a Fiat dealership very soon will handle the 500 roll out.

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      04-05-2011 08:31 AM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by VertigoGTI View Post
      Agreed, but VW probably isn't marketing this car to me. If they were, it'd be on Adult Swim with some obscure band that me and only 22 other people in the world have heard of.
      Hahahahaha!!! Me too. I'd love to see some marketing with The Venture Brothers. That would be classic. And a poor use of marketing money. Which would make it more classic.

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      04-05-2011 11:13 AM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by SHAG WAGON View Post
      Actually those were "bumper covers" they had on The Beetle
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      04-05-2011 11:59 AM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by silverspeedbuggy View Post
      Hahahahaha!!! Me too. I'd love to see some marketing with The Venture Brothers. That would be classic. And a poor use of marketing money. Which would make it more classic.
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      04-05-2011 01:33 PM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by Dan Halen View Post
      the awful Black-Eyed Peas.
      This... why? They are so played out right now. Looking forward to the car though
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