The Volkswagen New Beetle was the cute car that started the retro-futurist design craze. With sales dropping steadily, VW decided to discontinue the New Beetle after the 2010 model year. A redesigned model, just called the Beetle, debuted a year later.
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The first-generation Volkswagen New Beetle was produced from 1998-2010. Trunk space was tight in the hatchback and even tighter in the convertible. The convertible came with a power-folding top as standard.
Models up to 2005 used the GL, GLS and GLX designations to reflect the various trim levels, as well as a standard 115-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. A five-speed manual was standard on the Volkswagen New Beetle, with a four-speed automatic usually optional. Until the last few years of its lengthy life, turbocharged gasoline engines were a big part of the New Beetle's trim lineup. Sold from 1999-2005, the New Beetle 1.8T was powered by a 1.8-liter turbo four-cylinder, which put out 150 hp. It was equipped with a retuned 180-hp version of the 1.8T turbo engine and a six-speed manual transmission. Volkswagen released several special-edition models, though, including limited-edition colors and trim packages.