The VW Beetle was commissioned (by Hitler, but we'll not dwell on that) to be a cheap car that even a poor man could afford, own, operate, maintain, and repair by himself with limited knowledge. It brought mobility to the masses in an stylish package.
Today, the Beetle is the polar opposite. The old one was rear-engined and rear-driven, whereas the new one is front-engined and front-driven. The old one was dirt cheap whereas the new one is billed as a flagship model and is $2,000 more than the Golf that it is mechanically identical to. Honestly, we think the up! is more of a successor to the Beetle than the current Beetle will ever be.