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Volkswagen New Beetle

This article is about the Volkswagen New Beetle 1997-2010. For the original Beetle 1938-2003, see Volkswagen Beetle. For the 2011 car, see Volkswagen Beetle (A5).
Volkswagen New Beetle
Overview
Manufacturer
Volkswagen
Also called
Volkswagen Beetle (Mexico)
Volkswagen Bjalla (Iceland)
Production
October 1997–July 2011
Model years
1998–2011
Assembly
1997–1999: Wolfsburg, Germany
1999–2011: Puebla, Mexico
2011–present: Hai Phong, Vietnam (CKD by World Auto)
Designer
J Mays,
Freeman Thomas,
Peter Schreyer
Body and chassis
Class
Compact car
Body style
2-door hatchback coupé
2-door convertible
Layout
front engine, front-wheel drive, 4motion all-wheel drive
Platform
Volkswagen Group A4 (PQ34) platform
Related
Audi A3 Mk1
Audi TT Mk1
SEAT León Mk1
SEAT Toledo Mk2
Powertrain
Engine
petrol engines:
1.4 L I4 16 valve
1.6 L I4
1.8 L I4 Turbocharged
2.0 L I4
2.3 L VR5 20 valve
2.5 L I5 20 valve
3.2 L VR6 24 valve (RSI)
diesel engine:
1.9 L I4 TDI
Transmission
5-speed manual
6-speed manual
4-speed automatic
6-speed automatic tiptronic
Dimensions
Wheelbase
2,515 mm (99 in)
Length
4,129 mm (163 in)
Width
1,721 mm (68 in)
Height
59.5 in (1,511 mm) (1998–2000),
1,498 mm (59 in) (hatch 2003–present),
59.1 in (1,501 mm) (convertible)
Chronology
Predecessor
Volkswagen Beetle
Successor
Volkswagen Beetle (A5)
The Volkswagen New Beetle is a compact car, introduced by Volkswagen in 1997, drawing heavy inspiration from the exterior design of the original Beetle. Unlike the original Beetle, the New Beetle has its engine in the front driving the front wheels, with luggage storage in the rear. Many special editions have been released, such as the Malibu Barbie New Beetle. In May 2010, Volkswagen announced that production of the current body of the New Beetle would cease in 2011.
In 2011, a new model replaced the New Beetle, and the New Beetle name was changed back to the original when its successor was introduced, although the two names are often used interchangeably when referring to the New Beetle.

History

At the 1994 North American International Auto Show, Volkswagen unveiled the Concept One, a "retro"-themed concept car with a resemblance to the original Volkswagen Beetle. Designed by J Mays and Freeman Thomas at the company's California design studio, the concept car was based on the platform of the Volkswagen Polo. A red cabriolet concept was featured at the Geneva Motor Show, also in 1994.
In 1995, a new version of the Concept One was shown, in the Tokyo Motor Show. This one had major restyling and looked a lot like the final production version, launched in 1998.
2003–2005 New Beetle convertible (US)
2001–2005 New Beetle coupé (Japan)
Volkswagen New Beetle Turbo S (US)
Strong public reaction to the Concept 1 convinced the company that it should develop a production version which was launched as the New Beetle in 1997, based on the Golf IV's larger PQ34 platform. The New Beetle is related to the original only in name and appearance (including the absence of a car emblem script with the exception of the VW logo). For the 1998 model year, only the TDI compression-ignition engine was turbocharged; the spark-ignition engines were only naturally aspirated. In June 1999, Volkswagen introduced the 1.8T, which was the first turbocharged spark-ignition engine offered for the New Beetle. Volkswagen created a web site dedicated specifically to the 1.8T. A convertible was added in mid year 2003 to replace the Volkswagen Cabrio. However, the New Beetle Convertible was never offered with a compression-ignition engine in North America.
The New Beetle carries many design similarities with the original VW Beetle: separate wings, vestigial running boards, sloping headlamps and large round tail lights, as well as a high rounded roofline. It was assembled in VW's Puebla factory in Mexico.
2008 New Beetle Anniversary Edition coupé (Australia)
2008 New Beetle Anniversary Edition coupé (Australia)

Specifications

  • Dimension:
    • Length: 4,129 mm (162.6 in)
    • Width: 1,721 mm (67.8 in)
    • Height: 1,498 mm (59.0 in)
    • Wheelbase: 2,515 mm (99.0 in)
    • Curb weight: 1,230 kg (2,712 lb)
    • Luggage volume: 12 cu ft (339.8 L)
    • Luggage volume with rear seat folded: 27.1 cu ft (767.4 L)
  • Max speed: 177–210 km/h (110-131 mph)
  • Acceleration (0–96 km/h | 0-60 mph): 6.5-13.2 sec

Body styles

TDI diesel engine in 2006 New Beetle
Chassis code
Typ 1C
Typ 9C
Typ 1Y
Body type
Coupé
Coupé
Convertible
Region(s)
North America
Europe and others
World
Years
1998–
1997–
2001–

Engine choices

Model
engine code (s)
engine type
max power @rpm
max torque @rpm
years
Petrol engines
1.4
BCA
1,390 cc (1.39 L; 85 cu in) I4 DOHC 16V
75 PS (55 kW; 74 hp) @5000
126 Nm (93 lbft) @3800
2001–
1.6
AWH
1,595 cc (1.595 L; 97.3 cu in) I4 SOHC 8V
101 PS (74 kW; 100 hp) @5600
145 Nm (107 lbft) @3800
1999–2000
1.6
AYD / BFS
1,595 cc (1.595 L; 97.3 cu in) I4 SOHC 8V
102 PS (75 kW; 101 hp) @5600
148 Nm (109 lbft) @3800
2006–
2009
1.8 T
AGU
1,781 cc (1.781 L; 108.7 cu in) I4 DOHC 20V turbo
150 PS (110 kW; 150 hp) @5700
210 Nm (150 lbft) @1750-4600
1998–2000
1.8 T
APH /AVC /AWC /AWU /AWV /BKF
1,781 cc (1.781 L; 108.7 cu in) I4 DOHC 20V turbo
150 PS (110 kW; 150 hp) @5800
220 Nm (160 lbft) @2000-4200
1999–2002
1.8 T
AUQ
1,781 cc (1.781 L; 108.7 cu in) I4 DOHC 20V turbo
180 PS (130 kW; 180 hp)
235 Nm (173 lbft)
2001–2002
1.8 T
AWP
1,781 cc (1.781 L; 108.7 cu in) I4 DOHC 20V turbo
180 PS (130 kW; 180 hp) @5500
235 Nm (173 lbft) @1950-5000
2002–2004
2.0
AEG
1,984 cc (1.984 L; 121.1 cu in) I4 SOHC 8V
116 PS (85 kW; 114 hp) @5400
165 Nm (122 lbft) @2800
1998–2001
2.0
APK / AQY
1,984 cc (1.984 L; 121.1 cu in) I4 SOHC 8V
116 PS (85 kW; 114 hp) @5200
170 Nm (130 lbft) @2400
1998–2001
2.0
AZJ /BDC /BEJ /BER /BEV /BGD /BHP
1,984 cc (1.984 L; 121.1 cu in) I4 SOHC 8V
116 PS (85 kW; 114 hp) @5200
172 Nm (127 lbft) @3200
2001–2003
2.3 V5
AQN
2,324 cc (2.324 L; 141.8 cu in) VR5 DOHC 20V
170 PS (130 kW; 170 hp) @6200
220 Nm (160 lbft) @3300
2000–2005
2.5
BGP
2,480 cc (2.48 L; 151 cu in) I5 DOHC 20V
150 PS (110 kW; 150 hp)
209 Nm (154 lbft)
2006–
2.5
BPR /BPS
2,480 cc (2.48 L; 151 cu in) I5 DOHC 20V
150 PS (110 kW; 150 hp) @5000
228 Nm (168 lbft) @3750
2006–
3.2 RSI
AXJ
3,189 cc (3.189 L; 194.6 cu in) VR6 DOHC 24V
225 PS (165 kW; 222 hp)
320 Nm (240 lbft)
2000–2003
Diesel engines
1.9 TDI
AGR / ALH
1,896 cc (1.896 L; 115.7 cu in) I4 SOHC 8V turbo (Injection pump)
90 PS (66 kW; 89 hp) @4000
210 Nm (150 lbft) @1900
1998–2004
1.9 TDI
ATD /AXR /BEW
1,896 cc (1.896 L; 115.7 cu in) I4 SOHC 8V turbo (Pumpe-Düse)
101 PS (74 kW; 100 hp) @4000
240 Nm (180 lbft) @1800-2400
2000–2005
1.9 TDI
BJB / BKC / BXE / BLS
1,896 cc (1.896 L; 115.7 cu in) I4 SOHC 8V turbo
105 PS (77 kW; 104 hp) @4000
240 Nm (180 lbft) @1800
2003–
1.9 TDI
BSW
1,896 cc (1.896 L; 115.7 cu in) I4 SOHC 8V turbo (Pumpe-Düse)
105 PS (77 kW; 104 hp) @4000
240 Nm (180 lbft) @1800-2200
2005–2006

Safety

The car achieved five stars in the 2011 Euro NCAP tests compared to four stars in the 2000 Euro NCAP tests scoring 25 points (33 to reach five stars).
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the New Beetle a Good overall score in their frontal crash test. 2004 models come standard with side airbags; however, the IIHS rated the BeetlePoor in their side impact test.

United States models

Engine choices include the 115 hp (86 kW) 2.0 L inline-four for the base model, the 100 hp (75 kW) 1.9 L TDI turbodiesel inline-four (discontinued after the 2006 model year due to more stringent emissions requirements), and the 150 hp (112 kW) 1.8 L turbo inline-four for the Turbo and Sport models .
The Turbo S model (sold 2002–2004) included the 1.8 L turbo but with 180 hp (134 kW). It also included a sport suspension, six-speed manual transmission, aluminum interior trim, revised front/rear fascias and bigger wheels and tires. A close relative of the Turbo S was the 2002–2004 Color Concept. This limited edition variant was available in limited exterior colors, with interior door panel inserts, seat inserts, floor mat piping and wheel opening inserts color-matched to the exterior paint. Wheel color inserts, diameter, and style varied with model year. It came standard with the 150 hp (110 kW) 1.8 turbo gasoline engine, 5 speed manual gear box, speed-activated rear spoiler, power windows/sunroof/door locks, heated leather seats, and fog lamps.
All 1.8L Turbo and Turbo S inline-four models were equipped with a retractable rear spoiler which was not available on the 1.9 L TDI inline-4, 2.0 L inline-four and 2.5 L inline-five models.
For the 2006 model, the exterior was slightly redesigned with more angular bumpers and wheel wells, and these models were fitted with the 2.5 L 5-cylinder engine with 150 hp (112 kW) which was also fitted on the Rabbit and Jetta, later becoming the sole engine option. The New Beetle would not be given the upgraded 2.5 L engine that 2008 and later Jettas and Rabbits received.

Special editions

Beetle RSi (2001–2003)

VW New Beetle RSi
It is a limited (250 units) version of New Beetle. It included a 224 PS (165 kW; 221 hp) 3.2 litre VR6 engine, a 6-speed gearbox, and Volkswagen's four-wheel drive system 4motion, Remus twin-pipe exhaust. It was rumoured Porsche tuned the suspension but this was carried out in-house at VW Individual. The suspension was greatly altered at the rear, with geometry more geared to the race track and a rear cross brace behind the rear seats, 80 mm (3.1 in) wider fenders, unique front and rear bumpers, a rear diffuser, large rear wing, and 18x9 OZ Superturismo wheels with 235/40ZR-18 tyres. Inside, it was trimmed in carbon fiber, billet aluminium, and bright orange leather. The front seats were Recaro racing buckets. Notable disadvantages found were loud cabin noise and low rear tire life.

Ragster concept

The VW New Beetle Ragster Concept at the 2005 Chicago Auto Show
At the 2005 North American International Auto Show, the Volkswagen New Beetle Ragster concept car was introduced. It was supposed to be a preview of the future design of the New Beetle. The base of the Ragster (the name denoting a cross between a "ragtop" and a speedster) was a New Beetle Convertible modified with a new roof, giving it a much lower roofline, and a unique paint job with silver double stripes. The interior differs from the original New Beetle, being a 2+2, and having distinctive control dials The Ragster's rear-view mirror is mounted on its dashboard, a retro feature, reminiscent of the first Type 1s.

Final edition (2010)

Announced at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show, the 2010 Final Edition New Beetle features Aquarius Blue paintwork, with the hardtop receiving a black painted roof and the convertible sporting Campanella White painted side panels. In addition to unique 17-inch wheels, both models will be powered by a 2.5 litre engine mated to a automatic "Tiptronic" transmission. Other additions include sports suspension and "Final Edition" badging inside and out. Both models arrive with integrated fog lights and Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) as standard.
This edition marks the end of production of the New Beetle.

Awards

The Volkswagen New Beetle was Motor Trend's "Import Car of the Year" for 1999.


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