Night & Day

March 19-25, 1998

March 25
The New Beetle, as Volkswagen is calling its revamped Bug, retains vestiges of the old model with its bulbous fenders and single, round instrument-gauge on the dash. But that's where the similarities end. The car's sleek, low-slung body looks more like a Porsche than a Bug, and the '90s version is powered by a 2.0-litre, fuel-injected engine under the hood. (The old Bug, you may remember, had just 1600 cc's pushing from behind.) Starting price for the base model is $15,700. With sunroof, leather interior, and all of the other options, the price jumps to just below $20,000. The updated Bug will be on display at the Fort Lauderdale International Auto Show today through March 29, along with the latest offerings from every other major automobile manufacturer. The show takes place at the Broward County Convention Center, 1950 Eisenhower Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Hours are today and Thursday, March 26, from 2 to 10 p.m., Friday, March 27, from 2 to 11 p.m., Saturday, March 28, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday, March 29, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is $2 to $6. Call 954-765-5900.

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