The all-new 2012 Beetle, unveiled in April after months of revealing spy photos, has entered production at Volkswagen's Mexico assembly plant.
The Beetle is no stranger to Puebla's production crew: the new model's predecessor - the 'New Beetle' - was built at the same plant.
“The new Beetle and the engine plant we are building in Silao represent the great confidence we place in Mexico as a manufacturing location," Volkswagen's Hubert Waltl said.
"As one of the main manufacturers of compact class vehicles, Volkswagen de México is a key building block in our growth strategy for North America."
Internationally, the Beetle will be offered with a range of five petrol and diesel engines, and we can likely expect to see Volkswagen's 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine at the top end of the Australian range.
Producing 150kW and 280Nm of torque in Beetle trim, the turbo engine will be paired with both six-speed manual and six-speed DSG automatic transmissions.
Speaking with TMR today, Volkswagen Australia's Karl Gehling said that while an exact launch date can't be confirmed at this point, a late 2012 launch is scheduled for the new Beetle.
Volkswagen Australia has yet to confirm local specifications for the new Beetle.