2012 Volkswagen Beetle. Click image to enlarge
Manufacturer’s web site
Review and photos by Peter Bleakney
2012 Volkswagen Beetle
In 1962, if you were to tell Leo Fender, the man who created the Telecaster, Stratocaster, Precision Bass among others, that in 50 years, a) his guitars would still be the standards of the industry, b) his name would adorn the audio system in the third generation Volkswagen Beetle, and c) said Beetle would have its engine in the front, he probably would have looked at you like you had three heads.
This has all come to pass.
Today we’re looking at a 2012 Beetle Premiere +, one of several hundred introductory Canadian limited edition models offered at $26,575. It is fully loaded, featuring touch-screen navigation, Bluetooth, keyless entry with pushbutton start and a 400-watt eight-speaker w/subwoofer Fender audio system. Power comes from VW’s 170 hp, 177 lb.-ft. 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine; it sports a six-speed Tiptronic transmission and rolls on sharp 18-inch wheels.