Feature Flick: Jay Leno Compares 2012 Volkswagen Beetle to Original 1938 Volkswagen Beetle

With the release of the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle coming shortly, we’ve been seeing lots of talk about the model it replaces, the New Beetle. We’ve wondered aloud if the new model will continue the “cuteness” of the previous one, if it’ll be sportier, if it’ll attract more male buyers. But television personality Jay Leno isn’t really concerned with comparing the 2012 Beetle to the New Beetle.

Leno recently released a video comparing the 2012 Beetle to its “grandfather,” the 1938 model responsible for launching the Beetle nameplate. He traveled to Wolfsburg, Germany, to try each model, calling the old model “fun” and the new model “a little bit of a wolf in sheep’s clothing.” Of course, “fun” is subjective: the 1938 model sprinted to 62 mph in 27.5 seconds — the new model will do it in a quarter of the time.

Check below to see Leno’s take.

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2010 Volkswagen Beetle

Fair Market Price $7,449 S (Auto) Hatchback
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20 City / 29 Hwy

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