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Old 04-25-2011, 03:52 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Minus the wheels it doesn't look like something a 16-year old cheerleader would drive. I like the masculine feel to it (although I'd still rather have an original bug).

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Old 04-25-2011, 04:02 PM   #22 (permalink)
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I remember reading an article about the nissan spec-V when that first came out because everybody was surprised that they decided on a 2.5L engine for the car up from the 2L in the old SE-R. They said that the extra .5 of displacement helps with power but they could also lower the compression a bit to help with emissions issues.

the 2L may be a similar thing were they dropped compression a bit...or it may be for just that last bit more power and remapping the computer that helps with economy with out making it slower.
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Old 04-25-2011, 05:27 PM   #23 (permalink)
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the new new beetle looks just like the old new beetle.
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Not impressed. First car I learned to drive was a 1970 Beetle and it was a part of the family. I loved that car.

This car, like the New Beetle before it, is not worthy to have the nameplate.

If they came with rear drive, flat four powered and affordable, with flat four turbo gas and diesel options ( hey Subaru has a flat four turbodiesel so it can't be that hard ) with styling that is closer to the original Beetle, it would sell out immediately. Why VAG could not look at the BMW Mini and the soon to be released Fiat 500 and beat them at their own game, I'll never know.

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...I can remember back in 1964-65, up in Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, where the VW prices paralleled their engine sizes, ie:

1100 cc = $1,100
1300 cc = $1,300
1500 cc = $1,500

...maybe it was simply a marketing coincidence, but I've remembered those prices ever since then.
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...I can remember back in 1964-65, up in Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, where the VW prices paralleled their engine sizes, ie:

1100 cc = $1,100
1300 cc = $1,300
1500 cc = $1,500

...maybe it was simply a marketing coincidence, but I've remembered those prices ever since then.
What has happened to VW?!!! Yeeesh, it's almost as if they have stopped trying to build things for regular people. OK, that's it. Let's get a group of ecomodders together, go to Germany and crack some heads!
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VW mgmt has forgotten how they got to where they are; they've even forgotten what People's Car means.

And as is typical of just about all business these days, upper mgmt, making 400x more than the rest of the employees for basically partying all day, is completely divorced from the reality that is their customers'. They think that by hiring someone to conduct retarded focus groups and surveys, they then know the customer.

If they were paid $40,000/year, they really would know the customer.
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Good call. Their focus groups amount to little other than crappy interiors, that crayon smell and high price tags.

Although, I will say this: their TDIs are very good on gas. Don't believe me? look at my numbers.
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Old 04-25-2011, 10:49 PM   #29 (permalink)
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I agree, it looks like a slightly taller Audi TT coupe.
not that its a bad thing, I think it look much better than the 2k era model by far.

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without a doubt, the sexiest Porsche ever made (IMHO)
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Old 04-26-2011, 11:26 AM   #30 (permalink)
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without a doubt, the sexiest Porsche ever made (IMHO)
I share your opinion.

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