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.