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Volkswagen Aims to Make Next Beetle “More Mature”

After a decade marked with little major change, future versions of the Volkswagen New Beetle may finally “grow up.”

Seen by many as Volkswagen’s halo vehicle, the automaker says that noticeable changes are coming to the Beetle.

“The future New Beetle should look less toyish and become a much more mature product,” said Walter de’ Silva, VW’s design director.

De’ Silva says that the next Beetle will have a more functional interior. The current model has faced criticism due to the large space between its a-pillars and steering wheel and for a lack of roominess.

VW insiders say the next New Beetle hatchback will be launched in 2010, followed a year later by the cabriolet.

Source: Automotive News

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