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As one of the most enduring and best-selling cars in history, the Volkswagen Beetle has been through a world war, several redesigns and an identity crisis since its 1938 debut. The German automaker revived the model in the late 1990s with the name New Beetle. Since a 2012 redesign, however, it is known simply as the Beetle.

Just a year later, more advancements arrived in the form of a convertible and turbo-diesel TDI models. The latter uses the same engine offered in the Beetle's well-established siblings—the Jetta and Golf—and offers the best gas mileage in the three-Beetle lineup: 41 mpg on the highway.

Volkswagen Beetle Generations

2012 - 2014 Volkswagen Beetle

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2012 brought a second generation for the Beetle, sans the "New" prefix used in the first generation's model name. It grew by 3.3 inches in width and 7.4 inches in length. A complete restyle gave the Beetle a sportier look while maintaining the basic geometry of the first-gen and historical models. Under the hood, it received three new engines: a base 2.5-liter with 170 horsepower, a turbocharged 2-liter with 200 horsepower and a 2-liter diesel with 140 horsepower.

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1998 - 2011 Volkswagen Beetle

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The Volkswagen New Beetle debuted in 1998 featuring a base 2-liter four-cylinder engine with 115 horsepower and an optional 1.9-liter diesel engine with 90 horsepower. A 1.8-liter turbocharged engine with 150 horsepower and standard anti-lock brakes joined the Beetle lineup the following year. In 2003, a new Beetle convertible hit the market. The Beetle’s unorthodox styling harkened back to the "Beetles" of the 1940s, 50s and 60s with its humped roofline and exaggerated fenders.

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