Beetle shape featured a transverse-mounted front engine and front drive. Most people assumed this star of the 1994 Detroit show was based on Golf hardware. But it wasn’t. It took four years for the Golf-based production version, New Beetle, to appear. It singlehandedly inspired a swarm of retro cars, including the New Mini, the 2005 Mustang, the Fiat 500, and the Dodge Challenger.
While VW Germany was reluctant to resurrect the Beetle, the Americans were all for it and designed the concept one as a show car for the 1994 Detroit Motorshow. If you thing it was pretty much like the final New Beetle you would be wrong. The concept 1 had all the curved of the final production car but was based on the Polo platform and was therefore a much smaller car.
Strong public reaction persuaded the company to put the car into production and in 1998 Volkswagen launched the New Beetle, designed by J Mays and Freeman Thomas at the company’s Simi Valley, California design studio. The New Beetle is related to the original only in name and appearance (including the absence of a car emblem script with the exception of the VW logo: under the hood, it is a modern car in every way, based on the Volkswagen Group PQ34 platform (Volkswagen Golf Mk4). A Convertible was added in 2003 to replace the Volkswagen Cabriolet.
The New Beetle carried many design features related to the old Beetle: separate wings, vestigial running boards, sloping headlamps and large round tail lights, as well as a high rounded roofline that provides enough headroom for tall drivers.
.Volkswagen Beetle Concept 1995 Design Interior Exterior