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author photo by J. Mark Sternberg October 2011

Volkswagen's all-new Beetle has arrived. The German carmaker reports that the bug-inspired small car is now arriving at its dealers nationwide.

The original VW Beetle is an automotive legend; it was designed by Ferdinand Porsche as an inexpensive transportation option for German citizens following World War I. Later, thanks to some pretty solid marketing in the USA, it was transformed into an icon for the peace and love movement of the late 60s and early 70s.

Even today, the original VW Bug holds the record as the best selling single car design ever made.

Looking for a throwback to its roots, the company released the New Beetle in 1998. The redesigned car was mechanically nothing like the old car, but its cute bubbly styling was a hit and the car enjoyed a pretty long run until 2010.

The 2012 redesign dials back on the cuteness. Gone is the flower vase that graced the New Beetle's dashboard. The 2012 car is wider than the old model, giving it more interior space and a slightly more aggressive look. Volkswagen says the wide stance also gives the car more sporty handling.

It comes with two engine choices, a 2.5 liter five cylinder and a 2.0 four-cylinder turbo model. Both cars are rated at 22 mpg in the city but the slower Bug gets 30 MPG on the highway, while the turbo car can only pull off 29.

Beetle prices start out at $18,995 for the base model, and $23,395 for the turbo car.

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