First pictures: 2010's new Beetle
The car is said to be larger than its predecessor, and designers are putting an emphasis on enhancing the use of interior space.
A soft-top cabrio is expected to follow shortly after the hatchback's launch, while a more sporty open-top Speedster model is also in the pipeline.
Insiders say VW is also considering creating small van, pick-up and mini-4x4 variants of the Beetle, although none of these has been given the go-ahead yet.
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