Class 11 Race VW Beetle – Nevada

The whole trip was looking pointless even by the admittedly freewheeling standards of press trip pointlessness. My esteemed colleague, Ryan Beene of Automotive News, and I were dutifully plodding through the Nevada desert in – brace yourselves – a Volkswagen Beetle Dune. Yes, this was the low point of the new year so far in terms of newsworthiness. The current Beetle hasn’t exactly been a hit for Volkswagen – the beleaguered company sold just over 13,000 Beetle coupes in all of last year, down by 25 percent from the year before. So in an attempt to move even a handful more, VW came up with a trim level called “The Dune.”