Volkswagen unveiled the redesigned 2012 Beetle today, with simultaneous presentations at the New York and Shanghai auto shows and an event in Berlin.
The two-door hatchback -- scheduled to go on sale in Europe in October and North America in September -- continues with the retro-inspired appearance of its predecessor.
The word "New" has been dropped from the car's name. The car is called the VW Beetle.
The separate fenders have tauter surfacing, crisper feature lines, squarer bumpers, altered detailing and a more rakish roofline.
The updated styling, developed under VW Group design boss Walter de' Silva and VW brand styling boss Klaus Bischoff, recalls many of the cues revealed on the Ragster concept introduced at the 2005 Detroit auto show.
Among the car's new features are LED daytime running lights, bi-xenon headlamps and larger wheels -- the latter of which can be specified up to 19 inches, VW says.
At 4278mm in length, 1808mm in width and 1486mm in height, the Beetle is 152mm longer and 84mm wider -- but 12mm shorter than the outgoing model, which has accounted for more than 1 million sales globally since its introduction in 1998.