NEW YORK -- A redesigned Volkswagen Beetle based on the VW Group's modular transverse matrix architecture, known as MQB, will arrive within three years, said Heinz-Jakob Neusser, VW's board member in charge of development.
Speaking this month at the auto show here, Neusser also said the CC four-door coupe will be redesigned. He said the Sport Coupe Concept GTE shown in March at the Geneva auto show provides clues to the new CC's look.
The Beetle and CC have struggled to gain sales traction in the U.S., leading to speculation that they would be discontinued.
The updates are part of a VW push to overhaul its lineup with more expressive styling, starting with the freshened Passat due out this fall.
"We will push the brand into more emotion and into more dynamic design," Neusser said. "Each car will have a more dynamic design language."
While waiting for the new Beetle, VW will release a few Beetle special editions, including a version based on the Dune concept shown at the 2014 Detroit auto show.
A redesigned CC is expected to arrive stateside in 2017, but Neusser did not offer a more specific launch date.