It ended 1990 and began a new legend in the automotive industry for Volkswagen. We met the futuristic reinterpretation of Type 1, developed from the “One Concept” of 1994. The idea was to give a twist to the most famous model of the brand incorporating the Golf engines , which resulted in a success from minute one .
5 Facts About The Volkswagen Beetle Model:
1) The first time we heard about Beetle was in the late 90s by designer J Mays. Inspired completely in the characteristic Vocho. The reaction to this, then concept, was so positive that serial production began during 1998.
2) Despite being inspired by Vocho, the only thing he shares with him is the name and appearance, since inside it is a modern car in every way. It has a front engine, always cooled with water, side and front airbags, ABS brake anti-lock system and traction control.
VW Beetle Yellow
3) Due to the unique design of Beetle , it has more than 20 special editions including: Beetle 10 Years, Beetle Hot Wheels, Beetle Barbie, Beetle Fender, Beetle X-Box Edition, Beetle Turbo R, Beetle 50 Anniversary , Beetle RSi, Beetle Champagne, Beetle Ragster, Beetle Pink , among many others. 4) During the final episode of “Oprah’s Favorite Things” in 2010, it was announced that each person present at that day’s audience would receive a Beetle . In its launch of the second edition during 2011, Volkswagen gave each of these people the car keys.
5) In 2011, the second generation of this car was launched by removing the word New from its name, debuting only as Beetle in the New York and Shanghai Auto Showrooms. To celebrate this launch, Volkswagen partnered with MTV to celebrate simultaneously on three different continents, starting in Shanghai, followed by MTV World Stage events in Berlin and New York cover for travel trailer.
The versatility of the mechanics of the Volkswagen Beetle secured modifications market, is the “official” (see the Porsche 356 ), as ( Baja , cages, tricycles. In fact, the Beetle has been turned into everything from airplanes (models “normal and ultralight), motorcycles ( Amazonas 1600 from Brazil), boats (small, with the engine adapted), hovercraft (using the engine), small boat (with flat hull and air propeller), gyrocopter and even water pumps or generators. In fact, such versatility is a consequence of the military aspirations of Prof. Porsche – the Beetle platform, designed to be easily modified in Kübelwagens and Schwimmwagens remained perfect in times of peace to generate Bajas and Cages without much cost. Not infrequently, such cars outperform even “genuine” off- road vehicles in certain terrain, due to rear-wheel drive and low weight, coupled with the reliability of the Volkswagen engine (something that can also be noticed in Fuscas, Kombis and Brasilias). Given the popularity of the Beetle, the end of its production will not mean the end of the availability of cars to modify so soon. Though not as popular as a few years ago, the transformations still occur, and with the inevitable aging of the fleet available, it seems the only solution for many nearly junk cars.
Second generation (1997 – 2011)
Volkswagen New Beetle
In 1994 Volkswagen conducted a design study at its American subsidiary. The study aimed to update the Beetle with modern technologies and trends. The result was a prototype called “Concept 1”, based on the Volkswagen Golf platform with a hybrid diesel engine. Presented at the Detroit show, the concept was so successful that Volkswagen decided to produce it in series three years later in 1997. In common with the old model, in addition to the design, are the handles to aid the boarding of the passengers of the back seat, in addition to the small space in both the rear seats and the luggage compartment (with 214 liters). Although not from the same segment that honored the original model, the New Beetle , as it turns out, became a hit in the US market, winning a cabriolet version shortly thereafter. Still capitalizing on the market’s goodwill towards the Beetle, the New Beetle would remain firm in the market until 2011, despite the new price range and completely different technology.
Third generation (2011 – 2019)
Volkswagen Fusca 2012
In 2010 Volkswagen announced that 2011 would be the last year of manufacture of the New Beetle, and that a new generation was on the way. One of the goals set by the factory was to make the car more “masculine”, and for that the car would be lower, wider and with less rounded forms, closer to the original model. The car was officially launched on April 18, 2011, [with side events in Shanghai , Berlin and New York . Still within the goal of better identifying the car with the original, the German parent gave carte blanche for the subsidiaries to launch the car in their markets with the nickname that the first model won in each of these locations. Thus, the car was launched in September 2012 as Fusca in Brazil,although it maintained the name Beetle in Portugal. Longer than its predecessor, now 4278 mm long, and 12 mm lower, the car is now based on the A5 (PQ35) platform, the same as the Volkswagen Jetta and the sixth-generation Golf . It is manufactured together with the Jetta, Golf Variant and the “Classic” Jetta at the Volkswagen factory in Puebla , Mexico. In 2018 Volkswagen announced that 2019 would be the last year of production of the third generation of Beetle . In celebration, the “Final Edition” was launched, in the coupe and convertible versions, in the classic beige and blue colors. The production of the Beetle , which in its first generation, the most popular, sold about 21 million units.
The Volkswagen Sedan received nicknames in almost every country in which it was sold, usually local versions for the name of the beetle , as in Portugal. In Brazil , the name Fusca is a little more peculiar: the origin of the name in Brazil is related to the German pronunciation of the word Volkswagen. The phoneme of the letter V in German is something like “fau” and the W is “sees”. In shortening the word Volkswagen to VW, the Germans spoke “fauvê”. As soon as the Beetle was launched in Germany , the phrase “This is a VW” (“Das istein VW”) was common. The German abbreviation “fauvê” would soon become “fulque” and “fulca”. According to the expert Alexander Gromow, “Since the first Volkswagens began to circulate in 1950, the corruption of the word Volkswagen also appeared under the influence of the German colony. In Curitiba it is spoken ‘fuqui’ or ‘fuque’, in Rio Grande do Sul it is ‘fuca’. But in São Paulo , perhaps for the sake of phonetics, they added the ‘S’ in the word and the Volkswagen became Fusca. Around the world the names are usually related to animals with a shape similar to that of the body:
For the Brazilians, the Day of the Beetle takes place every January 20, being, in several urban centers, celebrated with events and parties by lovers and collectors of this model. [ 17 ] [ 18 ]
The following Volkswagen cars were derived from the Beetle:
The Brazilian subsidiary of Volkswagen enjoyed some autonomy from the German parent company, in part due to its strong presence in the domestic market, which ensured safety in the introduction of new models. From the list below, only the Kombi and the Karmann-Ghia were models similar to their European counterparts:
In addition to the Typ 1 (Fusca, 1938-2003), Typ 2 ( Kombi , 1950-2013) and Typ 14 ( KarmannGhia , 1955-1975), the Volkswagen line “on air” was the following in Europe and other international markets.
Motor : I 4
Food : MPI
Disposition : Transversal
Cylinder capacity: 1596 cm 3
Diameter x Course: 81.0 x 77.4 mm
Valves: 8 Valves
Compression ratio : 10.5
Power: 102 PS or 101 bhp or 75 kW @ 5600 rpm
Binary: 148 Nm or 109 lb.ft @ 3800 rpm
Gear box : 5 speeds Manual
Volkswagen New Beetle 1.6 Consumption, Emissions and Autonomy
Consumption – Mixed: 7.5 L / 100km
Consumption – Extra Urban: 5.9 L / 100km
Consumption – City: 10.3 L / 100km
Deposit: 55 L
Autonomy: 733 Km
CO2 Emissions: 180 g / km (Volkswagen)
Volkswagen New Beetle 1.6 Benefits
Maximum speed : 179 km / h
Acceleration 0 at 100 km / h: 11.6 sec
Volkswagen New Beetle 1.6 Dimensions, Aerodynamics and Weight
Number of Doors: 2
Length between the axis : 251 cm
Length : 408 cm
Width: 172 cm
Height : 150 cm
Front Brakes:Ventilated Discs (280 mm)
Rear Brakes: Discs (232 mm)
Front Tires: 195/65 R15
Rear Tires: 195/65 R15
Weight : 1178 kg
Weight / Power: 11.5 kg / hp
Mala: 209-769 L
Front Suspension: Independent. McPherson. coil springs. anti-roll bar