(NEW YORK) -- Volkswagen has been making the Beetle for more than seven decades but it hasn't changed much until now. The redesigned bug, announced Monday, is less bulbous; it has a flatter roof and no more built-in flower vase on the dashboard.
“The Beetle is now characterized by a clean, self-confident and dominant sportiness,” Volkswagen design chief Klaus Bischoff said. “The car not only has a lower profile; it is also substantially wider, the front hood is longer, the front windshield is shifted further back and has a much steeper incline.”
VW hopes that the sportier, upscale look will appeal to men.
The 2012 model goes on sale in the fall.
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