LA Auto Show: 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune

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Baja Beetles were a trend in the late ’60 and early ’70s, and the upcoming 2016 VW Beetle Dune aims to recapture some of their appeal.

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What Is It?

It’s smart for VW to mine the Beetle’s history; it was a long-running car with a lot of fans. Baja Beetles – those lifted, knobbly-tired Bugs – seemed to match up with the dune-buggy phase of car enthusiasm, where driving on beaches was suddenly the coolest thing you could think of.

The Dune pretty much a lock, stock and regular-old Beetle, and it’s doubtful you’re going to do much off-roading with the Dune’s fashionably thin-sidewalled, 45-series tires. But there are a few neat touches that give the Beetle Dune some unique flair.

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What Volkswagen Says:

Joerg Sommer, Vice President, Product Marketing and Strategy, Volkswagen of America, Inc:

“The new Dune successfully captures the iconic spirit of Baja Beetles, with a more rugged feel and amenities never before offered on the third-generation Beetle.

“With its sporty and aggressive design and a number of the new technology features, we are confident that the new Dune will appeal to both new and returning Beetle customers.”

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What’s New In The 2016 Beetle Dune:

  • Stance that is higher (0.4 inches) and wider (0.6 inches)
  • Unique bumpers and side moldings
  • Unique 18-inch “Canyon” wheels on 235/45 tires
  • Sport seats with contrasting orange stitching

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When Will It Go On Sale?

First quarter 2016 for the coupe, third quarter for the convertible.

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