The Detroit auto show kicks off next week, and Volkswagen already has the newswires buzzing with plans to unveil an all-electric concept car inspired by the Beetle. The company says the car will take styling cues from the Beetle shown here, but it will be different from both that car and the automaker’s previous electric concept the E-Up – in fact, it will not be based on any existing vehicles in VW’s lineup. Volkswagen is also planning to unveil a new hybrid Jetta at the show, which should be notable for its sudden green leanings this year.

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We’ll be bringing you photos and more details live from Detroit next week when the North American International Auto Show kicks off. Till then, we will have to speculate as to where Volkswagen is taking this concept – either as an exploration of new design styling or a true stab at adding electric vehicles to its lineup. We hope that it’s both.

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