With the emergence of a newly revised Beetle has come 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 introduced in 1998, the praise was heaped on almost infinitely.
Then, when its succeeding model sees the light of day, in this case, the third-generation Beetle (“New” has been dropped from the name) has broken cover, reviewers, rushing to heap praise upon the third-generation car are decrying the second-generation car as too effeminate, too “round” and not true enough conceptually to the original (Type 1) car.
It’s human nature I guess, but frankly, people should go back and read their original fawning reviews before trashing the predecessor in their effort to deify the successor.