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VW Beetle Overview

The original VW Beetle was an economy car produced by the German manufacturers: The Volkswagen Company. This was in production from 1938-2003. This was called the VW Type 1 or also the VW Bug.

There was a newer version VW Beetle brought out in 1998 and this is in the compact car class. The design of this car was based on the original Beetle but unlike the original, this had an engine in the front with front wheel drive. This year a new version is expected to be released, replacing this version which has ceased production.

VW Beetle History

Although the first VW Beetle was designed and produced in the 30’s it did not hit major production levels until 1945. It was a very reliable and economical car that became very popular in the USA and the rest of Europe. It was never marketed as the Beetle in the UK, it was called the ‘Type 1’.

It was designed to sit at high speeds on the German ‘Autobahn’ (motorway) and set the standard for many other compact cars. It was more reliable and comfortable than any other car on the European market, which led to its success. In 1974 the Beetle was replaced by the VW Golf which was a front wheel small car and was the trend set by other manufacturers, replacing the rear engine, rear wheel drive car. It stayed in production until 2003

The new concept Beetle car was designed in America and was originally based on the VW Polo platform. When it was decided that the new Beetle would be put into mass production, it was built on the Golf Mk4 platform. The body design is taken from the original Beetle but the mechanics are totally different, due to the progression in technology. There were a lot of mechanical problems with the new Beetle and some design issues which were to cloud the popularity of the vehicle. It never quite took off the way they were hoping, but is still in production today.

Models

Beetle (1945-2003)
New Beetle (1998-2005)
New Beetle RSI (2001-02)
New Beetle Cabrio (2003-05)
New Beetle Cabrio (2005-10)
New Beetle (2005-10)
New Beetle (2011 - present)

Fuel Economy

As this vehicle is ranging from the old version Beetle which had engines of 1.1-1.6 and were only available in Petrol, to the new Beetle which has engine sizes of 1.4 - 3.2 in both petrol and diesel. The economy of the old version was great, as its class was ‘economy’ and this it what it was built for. The new Beetle 1.9 diesel engine has a good fuel economy as does the 1.4 petrol engine.

Transmission

The old Beetle was available in a four speed manual gearbox, with the new Beetle in 5 and 6 speed manual, 4 speed automatic and 6 speed automatic tiptronic gearboxes.

Parts

There is a section of the Breakeryard website dedicated to VW Beetle parts. We have a vast network of different UK Breakers with available Beetle parts, so check it out today. You can also enter your vehicle details in our part finder to locate the exact part you need.