Lovely little thing isn’t it? Fondly called the Bug, the Volkswagen Beetle, one of the most iconic car brands, has been launched in India. The original Bug was the first people’s car and over the years, its popularity has grown ten folds. The new iteration of the Beetle was launched in 1998, drawing inspiration from the original Beetle. Unlike the rear-engined original Beetle, the new Beetle is a front-engined, front wheel drive car. On the design front, it’s a heck of a good looking car. Cute and stylish, it turns heads on the street like few others can. It is powered by a 2000 cc 4-cylinder petrol which develops 115 hp working in conjunction with a 6-speed auto box. Four airbags, ABS, electronic stability programme are all part of the package. It will be on sale immediately, priced at Rs. 20.45 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). Though that might sound a tad expensive, it’s a temptation that sure is going to bug you no end. Along with the Beetle, Volkswagen India introduced their updated flagship SUV, the Touareg. A 3000 cc V6 TDI diesel engine churning out 240 hp propels this 4x4 from 0-100 kph in 7.8 seconds. Yours for Rs. 51.85 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The Beetle has a special place here at BSM. Do go through the related stories featuring the original Beetle.