Autos: A Bigger Bug

Barely seven inches shorter than the swank Mercedes-Benz 250, the new car will still be a Volkswagen—and look like a bug. Later this year, when the VW Model 411 starts rolling off the assembly line, enthusiasts willing to pay about $2,000 can move into the bucket seat of this four-door big sister of the Beetle, rev up the rear-mounted 68-h.p. engine and zip along the Autobahn at speeds of up to 85 m.p.h.

Since the original bug appeared on the market in 1948, more than 5,000 improvements have been made, but the car that turned Volkswagenwerk into West Germany's largest...