Today Volkswagen has finally unveiled the third generation of their beloved Beetle, a car that numbers more than 22.5 million examples to date. “The 2012 Beetle is an automotive icon reinvented. Placing the original Beetle and the 21st Century Beetle next to one another, it’s clear that the lines of the rear sections are nearly identical, but the overall look is bolder and more dynamic.” The engine options for the 2012 Beetle include: 2.5L 5-cylinder (170hp/177lbs.-ft); 2.0L TDI 140hp/236lbs.-ft); 2.0L TSI (200 hp/207 lbs.-ft.) The car will be released in North America and Europe for September/October 2011.
We attended the official US launch event of the car and bring you some behind the scenes images of the festivities.
More images and a video follow after the click.