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    After dominating the afternoon talk show circuit for 25 years, Oprah Winfrey is going out in style by giving each member of her studio audience keys to the as-yet-unseen 2012 Volkswagen Beetle. The promotion is part of Oprah's Ultimate Favorite Things giveaway, in which audience members are lavished with pricey surprise gifts of all descriptions.

    Jonathan Browning, President and CEO of Volkswagen of America, confirmed that Winfrey reached out to the German automaker about the giveaway, saying that as an owner of the current VW New Beetle, the icon has long been one of her Favorite Things. The show, which aired moments ago on ABC, saw Oprah making the surprise announcement in front of a silhouette of the forthcoming model, and a current model New Beetle was featured on stage. While Browning admits that Oprah has been given a sneak peek at the completed car, her 275 lucky audience members will be in the dark about their new rides look until VW reveals it at a date to be determined this Spring (read: it won't be shown at the Detroit Auto Show in January). Audience members will receive their cars next Fall when VW's Puebla, Mexico plant begins production.

    While VW officials declined to talk in detail about the 2012 Beetle, Browning did confirm that the new model will feature technologies like Bluetooth integration and a touchscreen, along with branded audio systems and ambient lighting. More importantly, Browning insists that the new model will have a decidedly sportier bent than previous iterations. The 2012 Beetle will feature available performance-minded items like a stiffer suspension, sport seats, 19-inch wheels and dual exhausts.

    This more sporting attitude is interesting, in part because VW officials have previously indicated that they hope to 'degender' the new model (the New Beetle's image and ownership base has long skewed heavily female). Given this positioning, the decision to launch a major promotion with Oprah Winfrey may seem a bit curious, but VW knows that it will still need to woo the current New Beetle's core audience in order for the 2012 model to be a success.

    Autoblog was able to confirm that not only will VW's TDI engines figure in to the model's plans, clean diesel technology will even be available in the Cabriolet model, making it the first modern oil-burning convertible sold in the States. The company's venerable 2.0-liter turbo gasoline engine will also be available, but there's no word yet about a dedicated high-performance model or a possible hybrid variant.
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    I love VW's....well old VW's. I have a 66 bug and I've owned 6 others. I didn't like the new beetle and I don't see enough changes in this one to make that big of a difference. I hate the back of it, VW could really sell a lot of cars if they would give people what they really want and stop making a car that is rounded and call it a Beetle. I know they wont make another air cooled rear engine but come on they could do a lot better than this!!

    Thats my 2 cent anyway...

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    Quote Originally Posted by msr316 View Post
    I love VW's....well old VW's. I have a 66 bug and I've owned 6 others.
    I have a '70 and a '72.

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    That's actually not bad looking. After a couple of years seeing those ridiculous smart cars on the road the Beetle now looks like a stretch limo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Double Down View Post
    That's actually not bad looking. After a couple of years seeing those ridiculous smart cars on the road the Beetle now looks like a stretch limo.

    A little more volume in the headphones please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Double Down View Post
    That's actually not bad looking. After a couple of years seeing those ridiculous smart cars on the road the Beetle now looks like a stretch limo.
    You'ze gotta problem wit da smart cars??
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    (blame VW for the picture size!)


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    The longer lower shape gives it a bit more aggressive look, but I won't be buying one regardless - its just not on my list of "cars I must own"...

    I do like the classic Beetles though - dropping the rear air cooled engine is a breeze

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    Is the engine still in the trunk?

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    Looks cool but I'd never buy one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Number 47 View Post
    Is the engine still in the trunk?
    The engine hasn't been in the trunk since the New Beetle was introduced in the late 90s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Number 47 View Post
    Is the engine still in the trunk?
    I was talking about the classic Beetles... not the new ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Number 47 View Post
    Is the engine still in the trunk?
    It's in the glovebox now.
    Posted from yo' mama's house.


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