Punch Fiats.My wife and I have enjoyed the ever-entertaining game of Punch Buggies whenever we are in the car together. I suppose the games will get a bit more challenging with fewer buggies on the road... Punch Rogues or Punch CRV's doesn't have the same ring to it...
How about Punch Kicks. That should be fun while driving.My wife and I have enjoyed the ever-entertaining game of Punch Buggies whenever we are in the car together. I suppose the games will get a bit more challenging with fewer buggies on the road... Punch Rogues or Punch CRV's doesn't have the same ring to it...
Super Beetle Baja!! We saw a ton of these, in all types of variants, when we were visiting my grandparents in Arizona when I was a kid. I thought they were the coolest thing everrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.A Beetle with more ground clearance and AWD done up like a Baja Bug would be cool.
How bout punch CUV...their arm would be raw hamburger meat by the time you got home.
I think it's as much a casualty of botching a re-style.
Most likely, VW execs heard in consumer clinics that they wished New Beetle had a more masculine image and, taking the information out of context, VW set out to do just that.I think it's as much a casualty of botching a re-style.
The first "New Beetle" majored on "cute", and sold strongly to people who liked the fun image of "Herbie", but sensibly didn't want to drive a 1930s car everywhere. The design team (based in California) was also very clever in its influences: it took its direction from the Bauhaus school; one of the few styles from 1930s Germany that was un-tainted by the NS regime. The result was one of the most original car designs of the 1990s, which is a strange thing to say about a retro car, but the brilliance of the original "New Beetle" was how it was able to be recognised as a "Beetle" without actually looking very much like the original 1930s car.
When VW did the second "New Beetle" in 2012 it looks like they tried to "man-up" the design, by lowering the roofline, giving it a more aggressive front and pulling the rear window back to meet the rear arches (the original 1994 concept had this feature, but the designers dropped it when doing the 1998 car). They turned a car which had a strong emotional appeal into "just another Volkswagen".
I wonder did VW know this, because the current "beetle" is the only VW car ever to be badged as "Beetle" (or "Käfer"*, or "Maggioline", "Fusca", etc. by country). I never understood why they needed to do this: there are only a few cars in the world that need no nameplate badge, and this was one of them. The first revival was correct in not badging the car at all: the rear had a large VW logo, and no visible name, but the shape of it said "VW Bug" without needing a badge (and "VW Bug" illustrates the problem: "Beetle" was the most common English name, but it wasn't the only one).
[ * in case you're wondering, in Dutch, it's called "Beetle" as the proper translation "kaver" is almost a soundalike of the (entirely unrelated) racial epithet. ]