First pictures: 2010's new Beetle

* Larger Beetle on the way * Focus on use of interior space * Small van, pick-up and mini-4x4 variants on the way?...

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Jim Holder
02 January 2008

These computer-generated images show how the next-generation Volkswagen Beetle could look when it goes on sale in 2010.

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.