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THE new-age Volk­swa­gen Bee­tle gets much tougher next year.

A to­tal re­make of the curvy con­tender is cut­ting the cute and push­ing a much more ma­cho line in an at­tempt to win more male buy­ers.

The orig­i­nal retro Bee­tle has been a hit with women, par­tic­u­larly in the US, but Volk­swa­gen has been con­cerned it has not done well enough with men.

So it has pulled in the edges and pumped out the guards in a sig­nif­i­cant makeover that comes as a re­sult of the release of Golf VI, which pro­vides the me­chan­i­cal pack­age for the Bee­tle.

There is no news yet from Europe on the Bee­tle’s on-sale date but it is ex­pected to be pre­viewed at the Frankfurt Mo­tor Show in Oc­to­ber, point­ing to Aus­tralian sales in the sec­ond half of next year.

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