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author photo by Jeffrey Archer October 2011

It's been nearly a year since Oprah teased a silhouette of Volkswagen's all-new New Beetle before promising one to each member of her 275-seat studio audience. While the long wait has likely been agonizing for the car's recipients, the lucky winners have finally started taking delivery.

According to Volkswagen, the first handful of winners - 21 fortunate Oprah fans who reside near Volkswagen of Orland Park in Chicago's southwestern suburbs - can begin picking up their new cars as early as Thursday, October 13, which is also the New Beetle's official nationwide on-sale date. The rest of the audience members will have to wait a little longer, though Volkswagen assures the lucky fans that the cars are on their way.

Fans of Oprah's recently discontinued daytime talk show will remember the New Beetle giveaway, which took place during last November's "Ultimate Favorite Things" show. After first teasing the upcoming New Beetle behind a curtain for audience members to see, Oprah announced all 275 members of the show's studio audience would get one of their own this fall - with taxes and fees completely paid.

But while the New Beetle giveaway was unexpected and exciting for Oprah's audience members, it wasn't the first time the popular talk show host surprised her crowd with a brand-new car. In September 2004, Oprah gave away 275 new Pontiac G6 sedans to a stunned audience, who discovered their prize waiting for them in the studio's parking lot after they left the show's taping.

Recipients of the New Beetle are sure to enjoy the all-new hatchback, which was completely redesigned for the 2012 model year. In addition to updated styling inside and out, the reworked New Beetle features an available 200-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a dual-clutch automatic transmission, and a sportier profile designed to appeal to buyers of both genders. There's no word yet on which engine, color and trim level recipients of Oprah's New Beetles will receive.

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