The original script was greenlit largely because the studio liked its decisions to A) place the Herbie character into a realistic world and B) make Herbie's powers subtle and presented in small increments. Later script revisions ended up presenting a more cartoonish and fantasy-based world.
During the NASCAR race, when Herbie starts leaking oil by the cylinder head, the team gets the spare part from a New Beetle. The Volkswagen Type 1 has an air-cooled 4-cylinder flat engine. The New Beetle has an liquid-cooled line-4 engine.
In the very last scene, where Herbie is going on a date with the New Beetle, a person in a black suit can be seen sitting behind the wheel of the New Beetle, with their hands going across the steering wheel.
One of many possible sets of chapter headings, based on the dvd times: * 01 = 00:00:00 - Herbie attains the scrapyard - Maggie graduates - * 02 = 00:08:30 - A graduation present from the scrapyard - * 03 = 00:14:38 - Herbie's way of introducing himself - * 04 = 00:20:38 - Herbie and revenge - Trip Murphy: Undefeated - * 05 = 00:29:06 - From falling in love to Trip's showdown - * 06 = 00:43:18 - Day one and the lure for pinks - * 07 = 00:52:37 - Herbie throws the race - * 08 = 00:59:50 - Jimmy D's smash and bash demolition derby - * 09 = 01:06:57 - How Herbie gets in the NASCAR race - * 10 = 01:18:00 - The race - part 1 - * 11 = 01:24:58 - Winning the race - winning the yellow bug - * 12 = 01:30:52 - end credits - * 13 = 01:36:45 - end -