Volkswagen is planning the next generation of the New Beetle
including a Roadster version in 2012 despite recent reports that it is
planning to end production of the model, Germany's Auto-motor-sport
Ragster concept hints at next New Beetle
The New Beetle, a retro-style version of the original Beetle
"people's car" that was last produced in Germany in 1978, has been
criticised as too expensive and lacking appeal.
A roadster version of the New Beetle would replace the closed Beetle
version and convertible in 2012, the magazine reports quoting company
A Volkswagen spokesperson however described the report as
The new model is based on the two-seater "Ragster" concept VW
presented at the Detroit Motor Show in 2005, displaying a lowered
roofline, 19-inch wheels and a canvas top that can be lowered at the
press of a button, auto-motor-sport said.
The roadster would be powered by a 3.2-litre V6 engine with an
output of 206kW. It would be fitted with start-stop automatic
and brake-regeneration technology to conserve fuel, according to the
The magazine also reports that VW in turn was mulling plans to end
production of the Eos convertible that is fitted with a foldable steel
roof. A VW spokesperson refused to comment.