While he won’t say for sure, Volkswagen’s CEO, Martin Winterkorn, is dropping major hints that the next-generation Volkswagen Beetle will be built in Puebla, Mexico. Volkswagen has built a million Beetles there since the model’s launch in January 1998.
“We’re currently working on the design of an attractive successor,” Winterkorn said at a ceremony in Puebla last week. “And of one thing I’m certain: The next-generation New Beetle will continue to be successful.”
Expected in 2010, the next-generation Volkswagen Beetle will be offered in three different variants including a sedan, convertible and a roadster/speedster. The car will be designed in California and will be engineered in Germany where it will be built on the same platform as the Volkswagen Rabbit and the upcoming Volkswagen Scirocco.
Volkswagen has reportedly ordered its designers to draw up a more modern and aggressive look for the next Beetle, making it bigger than the current model.
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