The completely redesigned 2012 VolkswagenBeetle made its Southwest Florida debut today at Volkswagen of Naples, locatedat 601 Airport Road, S., Naples, Florida. Returning to the VW lineup for the first time since 2009, this third-generation recast of one of the world’s best-known and most iconic models has been re-envisioned to establish new “21st Century” benchmarks for style, performance and safety.
Even at a glance, the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle retains a number of unmistakable signature cues derived from both the original and the New Beetle. However, this redesign rolls into the future intentionally trading off a measure of classic cute for a healthy dose of contemporary edge in the car’s redrawn, albeit still decidedly organic, contours.
The new look sheds the New Beetle’s “three-semicircle” design in favor of a look more reminiscent of the first-generation exercise — and one that appears to be a well-calculated mini morph towards Porsche 911 territory. Its longer front clip plus greater cabin setback accompanied by a more upright windshield and a “stretched” window graphic are complemented by reshaped fenders and a sweeping roofline anchored by a more elegant c-pillar. Set off by new and bolder front/rear lighting designs — including optional bi-xenon headlamps — and standard 17-inch to available 19-inch wheel/tire fitments, the 2012 Beetle makes a far more purposeful visual statement even sitting still.
The 2012 Volkswagen Beetle has grown physically as well as conceptually. Gaining 150 pounds, it’s also 3.3 inches wider than its predecessor and 6.0-inches longer, with a 1.1-inch stretch in wheelbase and 3.2-inch wider front/rear track dimensions. While overall height has been lowered by 0.5 inch, the tallest point in the roofline is now over the rear not the front seat area, a subtle change that enhances the 2012 Beetle’s profile as well as the absolute headroom in its aft quarters.
Beneath that bolder bodywork, the front-drive 2012 Volkswagen Beetle shares much of its basic platform architecture with the Golf VI. However, in addition to various suspension recalibrations, it also boasts two bespoke, model-specific rear-axle designs, one torsion beam and one fully-independent multilink.
At launch, the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle will offer the choice of a 2.5-liter inline-five that makes 177 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque and the 2.0-liter four-cylinder TSI Turbo engine that cranks out 200 horses and 207 lb-ft of torque. The former can be paired with either a five-speed manual transmission or six-speed automatic and is projected to deliver up to 10 percent better overall fuel economy than its predecessor while the Turbo will offer a six-speed manual or a six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic — the first-ever DSG fitment on a Beetle — and come with VW’s XDS cross differential limited-slip system that can transfer torque to the wheel with the most traction.
Inside, the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle offers an equally updated appearance in an even more driver-oriented cockpit that brings a unique flat-bottom multifunction steering wheel and
dedicated instrument cluster along with dramatic color-keyed dash treatments. Passenger space up front has grown a bit and while rear legroom remains acceptable if not generous both hip and headroom have increased in the aft quarters. The biggest space gain is in the redesigned trunk, whose capacity has grown from 7.4 to 10.9 cubic feet of space and a far user-friendly deck lid cutout. The 2012 Beetle also gains standard 60/40 split/folding rear seatbacks to add even more utility.
The 2012 Volkswagen Beetle is now on sale at Volkswagen of Naples, www.vwofnaples.com. What lies ahead for Volkswagen of Naples? We do know that a Convertible will join the lineup sometime in calendar 2012 and that a super-hot “R” variant could be in the cards somewhere further down the line. VW also plans to offer wide variety of dedicated personalization accessories for the car — and says it will create annual “theme models” in lieu of traditional facelifts. The only way to find out is visit Volkswagen of Naples for more information.
Volkswagen of Naples, located in beautiful Naples, Florida, is your leading new and used Volkswagen dealer serving Southwest Florida including all of Naples, Naples Park, Vanderbilt Beach, Immokalee, Golden Gate, Golden Gate Estates, Copeland, Goodland, Everglades City, Bonita Springs and Marco Island. We have a strong and committed sales staff with many years of experience satisfying our customers’ needs. Feel free to browse our new and pre-owned inventory online, www.vwofnaples.com, to request more information about vehicles, set up a test drive or inquire about financing!
Volkswagen of Naples Service Department is proud to be the only dealer in South West Florida to offer “Service While You Sleep”. This elite service will allow our customers the option of dropping off their vehicle on their way home from work and picking it up in the morning. For your convenience, our Service Department hours include nighttime service offered until 3am along with a complimentary shuttle.
Volkswagen of Naples is conveniently located and easy to find.
- Traveling from Bradenton, Englewood, Punta
Gorda, Arcadia, Sarasota, Ft. Myers, Cape Coral, Port Charlotte, Bonita Springs
or Venice simply go South on I-75 to exit 105 (Golden Gate). Take Golden Gate
west towards the Naples Airport to Airport Pulling Road. Go south on Airport Pulling Road
approximately one mile, just past Radio Road on your left hand side.
- Traveling from Miami, Coral Gables, North Miami,
Pembrooke Pines, Hollywood, Hallendale, Coral Springs, Ft. Lauderdale,
Plantation, or Boca Raton simply go West on I-75 to exit 101 (Collier Blvd
-951). Take Collier Blvd South to Davis
Blvd. Go west and follow Davis Blvd. to Airport Pulling Road. Go North on Airport Pulling Road
approximately one mile on your right hand side.
Volkswagen of Naples
601 Airport Rd., S
Naples, FL 34104
Sales, Service and Parts Hours
- Monday: 8:30 AM – 7:30 PM
- Tuesday: 8:30 AM – 7:30 PM
- Wednesday: 8:30 AM – 7:30 PM
- Thursday: 8:30 AM – 7:30 PM
- Friday: 8:30 AM – 7:30 PM
- Saturday: 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM
- Sunday: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
While You Sleep Hours
- Monday – Friday:
Drop off by 8:00 PM
- Monday – Friday:
Evening Shuttle Service extended to 8:00 PM
- Monday – Friday:
Morning Shuttle Service beginning at 7:00 AM