At the 1994 North American International Auto Show, Volkswagen introduced the ‘Concept 1’ with lines heavily influenced by the original Beetle.
Strong public reaction persuaded the company to put the car into production and in 1998 Volkswagen launched the New Beetle, designed by J Mays and Freeman Thomas at the company’s Simi Valley, California design studio. The New Beetle is related to the original only in name and appearance (including the absence of a car emblem script with the exception of the VW logo: under the hood, it is a modern car in every way, based on the Volkswagen Group PQ34 platform (Volkswagen Golf Mk4). A Convertible was added in 2003 to replace the Volkswagen Cabriolet.
The New Beetle carried many design features related to the old Beetle: separate wings, vestigial running boards, sloping headlamps and large round tail lights, as well as a high rounded roofline that provides enough headroom for tall drivers.
Information courtesy Wikipedia.