The new Beetle is no longer a New Beetle.
In fact, the New Beetle is now the old Beetle. When VW reworked the New Beetle for the 2012 model year, the marketing team dropped the word ”New” from the model’s name. Thus, the current Beetle is not a New Beetle, but the old Beetle is still a New Beetle.
With the emergence of a newly revised Beetle came the inevitable criticism of the 1998 – 2011 Volkswagen New Beetle. It’s a remarkable phenomenon. When a car as iconic as the New Beetle was upon its introduction in 1998 is new, the praise heaped upon it is near infinite.
Then, when its succeeding model sees the light of day, in this case, the third generation Beetle broke cover, many reviewers, rushing to heap praise upon the GEN3 car, decried the GEN2 car as not true enough conceptually to the GEN1 (Type 1) car, too effeminate, and too “round” (whatever that means — it’s a BEETLE for Chrissakes).
It’s human nature I guess, but frankly, people should go back and read their original fawning reviews before trashing the predecessor to deify the successor.
After all, eight or so years from now when VW replaces this one, well…
But hey, that’s just my opinion—here are the facts.