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CarAdvice podcast 79: Alice Anderson and Australia's first all-female workshop

We have a special guest on the panel with Mandy Turner and Mike Stevens, this week: Melissa Ong is a CarAdvice reader, and she took our company-owned Abarth 595 for a week-long test drive. On the show, we chat about her experience with the little Italian firecracker...

Volkswagen Beetle: Next-gen to be electric and RWD - report

The Volkswagen Beetle could be revived as a rear-wheel drive electric vehicle (EV) as part of the company's upcoming I.D. family, according to a new report out of the UK. Speaking with Autocar, Volkswagen's Herbert Diess said the company needs to decide on "emotional concepts" for its upcoming electric cars - a term he defines as covering iconic models like the Microbus and Beetle, along with the Kübelwagen and Buggy...

Factory-sponsored 1970 Beetle to tackle Baja 1000

Volkswagen USA has thrown its support behind one of the coolest entries to the 2018 Baja 1000. The ProjectBaja.com team will be lining up in a restored, heavily modified 1970 Beetle, supported by the might of VW America. The little Beetle, dubbed Tope by the team, has been treated to a comprehensive suite of modifications for off-road racing...

2017 Beetle Sunshine Tour breaks registrations record

Fans of one of the world's most loveable cars, the Volkswagen Beetle, will be converging next week on the beach of the German Baltic Sea for the 2017 Beetle Sunshine Tour. Now in its 13th year, the world's largest Beetle meeting has 721 cars registered, achieving a new record. This year's theme is “Welcome to America”, celebrating the Beetle's success in the country...

Volkswagen Beetle hits 330km/h at Bonneville Salt Flats: Will the real Bumblebee please stand up?

The 2016 World of Speed event at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, has witnessed a heavily modified Volkswagen Beetle reach a speed of 330.111 kilometres per hour. Forget the Camaro, this is the Autobots' real Bumblebee. Sadly, this is not your typical Beetle that you can buy from your local dealership. The Beetle LSR (Land Speed Record) has the same 2...

Four special-edition Volkswagen models here by November

Volkswagen Australia is preparing to launch no fewer than four special-edition models before the end of 2016, following in the wheel tracks of the just-launched Golf GTI 40 Years edition. Kicking things off is the Volkswagen Beetle Classic Final Edition due to arrive in September. It’ll be the last opportunity for people to buy a Beetle before the iconic model is axed from the local line-up...

2017 Volkswagen passenger cars updated: Added equipment, increased prices across the range

Volkswagen has released updated 2017 model-year pricing and specifications for its passenger car range, bringing varied price rises depending on model and variant. At the entry point of the German brand’s range is the Polo hatch, which now starts at $17,190 plus on-road costs (ORC) for the 66TSI Trendline equipped with the five-speed manual transmission...

Lego Volkswagen Beetle revealed for Creator series

Toy company Lego has released a Volkswagen Beetle Type 1 set for its ‘Creator’ line. Made up of 1167 pieces, the 1960s Azure Blue Beetle model measures 29cm long, 12cm wide and 15cm long...

Volkswagen Beetle squashed, axed from Australian sale

Volkswagen Australia has confirmed that it will “phase out” the second-generation New Beetle later this year, only three years after this iteration entered sale. But before it clears extant stocks, Volkswagen Australia will give interested buyers one last bite of the cherry, with plans to launch a special model called the Beetle Classic, a stripped-back variant with a unique look and no options...

Volkswagen Beetle Dune production model unveiled in LA - UPDATED

The Volkswagen Beetle Dune has been unveiled in production guise, almost two years after the concept made its debut at the 2014 Detroit auto show. Said to be inspired by the Baja Bugs based on the original Beetle, the new Dune is differentiated from other models in the Beetle range with a "more aggressive appearance"...

Volkswagen makes sweeping MY16 updates : Reversing camera, Apple CarPlay, new touchscreens standard

Volkswagen Australia has announced a range of sweeping changes across most of its forthcoming MY16 passenger car and SUV range, which it has billed as the “biggest model year update in the local company’s history”. In what amounts to a significant value improvement, all Polo, Golf, Beetle, Scirocco, Jetta and Tiguan models will now get a standard reverse-view camera and a new App-Connect USB interface integrating Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink as standard...