Oprah gives away 275 New Beetles

oprah_new_beetle.top.jpg By Peter Valdes-Dapena, senior writer


NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- TV host Oprah Winfrey gave her studio audience 275 Volkswagen New Beetles Monday as part of "Oprah's Favorite Things" promotion.

Unfortunately, her audience members can't get their cars yet because Winfrey gave them 2012 New Beetles. That new version of the iconic curvy little car has yet to be revealed to the public.

The car is expected to debut in the spring of 2011 and will go on sale the following fall, according to VW. Pricing for the car has also not been announced.

On the show, Winfrey showed only a silhouette of the new New Beetle. The new version is expected to be more performance-oriented than the current New Beetle.

Winfrey owns and drives a New Beetle and approached the automaker to arrange giving away the cars on her show, VW said in an announcement.

In 2004, Winfrey gave 276 Pontiac G6 cars to her audience. That time audience members were able to go out to the parking lot and inspect their cars immediately.

Volkswagen donated all the cars, plus money to cover taxes and fees for all of the audience members, the automaker said. To top of page

Frontline troops push for solar energy
The U.S. Marines are testing renewable energy technologies like solar to reduce costs and casualties associated with fossil fuels. Play
25 Best Places to find rich singles
Looking for Mr. or Ms. Moneybags? Hunt down the perfect mate in these wealthy cities, which are brimming with unattached professionals. More
Fun festivals: Twins to mustard to pirates!
You'll see double in Twinsburg, Ohio, and Ketchup lovers should beware in Middleton, WI. Here's some of the best and strangest town festivals. Play
Find Your Next Car
Index Last Change % Change
Dow 16,859.26 -52.85 -0.31%
Nasdaq 4,455.87 13.17 0.30%
S&P 500 1,966.72 -3.23 -0.16%
Treasuries 2.56 0.09 3.82%
Data as of 1:38pm ET
Company Price Change % Change
Bank of America Corp... 15.41 0.07 0.46%
Facebook Inc 74.80 1.09 1.47%
Pfizer Inc 29.25 -0.22 -0.75%
Genworth Financial I... 14.13 -2.13 -13.11%
Yahoo! Inc 36.80 1.12 3.14%
Data as of 1:22pm ET

Sections

French toast with enough saturated fat to last a week, a burger with more than three days worth of sodium and a stack of seafood with more than a day's worth of calories top this year's Xtreme Eating list. More

Restrictive immigration policies prevent talented entrepreneurs from launching businesses in the U.S. So, they're moving to Canada. More

Restrictive immigration policies prevent talented entrepreneurs from launching businesses in the U.S. So, they're moving to Canada. More

Steve Mason, a pastor from California, inherited more than $100,000 in student loan debt when his 27-year-old daughter died suddenly in 2009. With interest and late penalties, the debt has since ballooned to $200,000. More

Market indexes are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer Morningstar: © 2014 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer The Dow Jones IndexesSM are proprietary to and distributed by Dow Jones & Company, Inc. and have been licensed for use. All content of the Dow Jones IndexesSM © 2014 is proprietary to Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Chicago Mercantile Association. The market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved. FactSet Research Systems Inc. 2014. All rights reserved. Most stock quote data provided by BATS.