Volkswagen New Beetle

The Volkswagen New Beetle is a small family car introduced by Volkswagen in 1998, drawing heavy inspiration from the design cues of the original Beetle. Based on a Volkswagen Golf Mk4, it is assembled at the VW Puebla factory in Mexico. Unlike the classic Beetle, the New Beetle has its engine in the front and luggage storage in the rear.

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The front-wheel-drive Volkswagen New Beetle is available as a two-door hatchback or a two-door convertible. Although the New Beetle is based on the previous-generation Volkswagen Golf platform, it has less interior space than the Volkswagen Rabbit (the successor to the Golf) as well as most other compacts in its class. The front seats are roomy, but the same can hardly be said of the back. Trunk space is tight in the hatchback and even tighter in the New Beetle convertible. The Beetle convertible comes with a power-folding top as standard.

Sold in a single well-equipped trim level, the New Beetle comes with such niceties as alloy wheels, air-conditioning, heated front seats, cruise control, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel and a CD/MP3 audio system with satellite radio. New Beetle options include bigger wheels and a rear spoiler. Power for the New Beetle comes  from a 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine that makes 170 horsepower. Transmission choices are a standard five-speed manual or an optional six-speed automatic.