Redesigned and reintroduced for 2012, the Volkswagen Beetle was not to be missed at the 2015 New York International Auto Show. That’s because VW brought with it four new, very prominent Beetle concepts highlighting just some of the vehicle’s various personae.
As VW points out, the Beetle has been an almost continuous thread through Volkswagen’s history in America. The model defined the brand when the first Volkswagens arrived to the States in 1949, and continued all the way through the New Beetle and the current-generation car. Incidentally, New York has also been tied in with that history: the first two Beetle vehicles were shipped to the U.S. via New York, Volkswagen of America’s first headquarters was in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, and the current Beetle made its debut at the 2011 New York Show.
Notably, today’s Beetle is a completely different vehicle than the New Beetle. Not only does it feature a lower roof and longer hood to make for sportier lines, but it still maintains the silhouette featuring the three semi-circles for the front and rear fenders and roof.
So, what were the four concepts shown off during New York? In a nutshell, there were two coupes and two convertibles, all of which pay homage to the Beetle’s past while providing a glance at the future of the model.
Beetle Pink Color Edition
Painted entirely in Pink Metallic, the Beetle Pink Color Edition was designed for the style-conscious who also like to make a visual statement with their car. More on the Beetle Pink Color Edition concept.
Beetle Convertible Denim
This jeaned-out concept car takes a cool approach to design with a denim-look soft top and a matching Stonewashed Blue Metallic body color. More on the Beetle Convertible Denim concept.
Beetle Convertible Wave
This open-top four-seater pays tribute to summertime on the American coasts and is all about waves, the beach, and summer. More on the Beetle Convertible Wave concept.
Beetle R-Line Concept
The Beetle R-Line stresses a dynamic appearance, with a lower and more aggressive aero kit and overall stance. More on the Beetle R-Line Concept.
Volkswagen says that all of the four concepts “could make it into production in the near future” and we hope that this will be the case, since sales of the new new Volkswagen Beetle have been somewhat unimpressive in the U.S. Even so, there’s no doubt that the Beetle has energy behind it.