Volkswagen Beetle is back

The Beetles are coming. Not the famed rock quartet from Liverpool, England, but rather Volkswagen's iconic car. The Beetle, or the VW Bug, is returning to the U.S. in 2012 after a brief hiatus.

The economy vehicle has been completely retooled with a sleek new look and more muscle under the hood. The Beetle is the longest-running, most-manufactured automobile worldwide. And Findlay Volkswagen inside the Valley Automall is Southern Nevada's surefire source for everything VW.

"The 2012 VW Beetle has been totally redesigned with an elongated exterior, more power and greater fuel economy than ever before," said Findlay Volkswagen General Manager James Krumme. "It looks like a Porsche on steroids."

In fact, the original Beetle was designed by celebrated car maker Ferdinand Porsche in 1935. Volkswagen began production of the Beetle in 1938, and the rest has become automotive history. It became known for being affordable, dependable and tough.

The 2012 Beetle brings the car to the next level, with keyless entry and push-button start, 19-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler and an electromechanical power steering system. There is a fast-shifting automatic transmission for seamless acceleration and greater fuel efficiency. And the new Beetle has a 2.0-liter, 200-horespower turbo engine option with 207 pound-feet of torque that means business. The 2.5-liter, five-cylinder gets as much as 29 miles per gallon highway. The turbo model, meanwhile, has a track-tuned sport suspension for more aggressive handling.

Despite more power, the Beetle doesn't skimp on safety. There are four air bags, including integrated side-curtain protection. There is also a crash optimized front end, electronic stability control and an intelligent crash-response system that automatically unlocks doors, disables the fuel pump and turns on the hazard lights. If that isn't cool enough, the new Beetle comes equipped with a high-tech interior with touch-screen navigation and audio controls, as well as Bluetooth technology and iPod cradles.

"Make no mistake. This isn't your dad's VW Bug," said Krumme. "The 2012 Beetle sheds the kitschy bubble look for a more genuine sports car feel that revels in performance. After 70 years, the Beetle is back and better than ever."

Findlay Volkswagen is located at 983 Auto Show Drive in Henderson. The dealership has an array of 2012 Beetles and other Volkswagen models. The 3,000-square-foot facility has 62 professionals on hand to answer any question, big or small. In addition, there is a 22-bay service shop with 16 factory-certified mechanics and shuttle service for customers.

"The release of the redesigned 2012 VW Beetle is exciting. And Findlay Volkswagen inside the Valley Automall is Beetle headquarters," said Valorie Staley, manager of the Valley Automall Owners Association. "It's yet another great excuse to come and visit Valley Automall, which celebrates its 15-year anniversary in 2011."

The Valley Automall is located off U.S. Highways 93/95 at Auto Show Drive, or the Las Vegas Beltway exit at Gibson Road in Henderson. For more information, go to

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