Volkswagen to build Beetle Dune

DAVID MCCOWEN
Last updated 10:19 04/07/2014

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Volkswagen has confirmed that it will build a dune buggy for the new millennium.

The German manufacturer has announced that it will produce a production version of its Beetle Dune concept that made its debut at the 2014 Detroit motor show.

A video released by Volkswagen says that ''starting in 2016 we will see more of these on the road'', and that “the Volkswagen Beetle Dune will also be available as a convertible”.

But buyers expecting a car that can take on the Dakar Rally may be disappointed to hear that the Dune is likely to arrive as a front-wheel-drive hatch rather than an all-wheel-drive machine.

Production specifications for the car have not been confirmed, but the concept car is powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine similar to the unit used under the bonnet of Volkswagen’s Golf GTI.

It also has wider bodywork with chunky additions to the bumpers and guards that house new 19-inch wheels.

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- Sydney Morning Herald

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