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by Matt Brogan

Since its launch in 1998, the New Beetle has remained relatively unchanged, but with demand for the retro two-door waning, Volkswagen has announced an all-new model is on its way.

Based on new platform, a variation of the next Jetta’s, the new New Beetle will offer more interior space, thanks to a longer wheel base and wider track.

The next Beetle will be produced on Puebla, Mexico, and will offer a number of powertrain options including a 156kW 2.0-litre or 120kW 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol and US only 127kW, five-cylinder engine.

VW is said to be placing more emphasis on the new model’s dynamic abilities, making it a better drive than the out-going example. Most of the iconic styling is expected to remain.

A concept version of the next New Beetle is expected to debut at this year’s Los Angeles Motor Show with a market launch due in early to mid 2011.




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