Start your engines! Herbie, the most beloved car star of them all, is back. Maggie Peyton (Lindsay Lohan, the new owner of Number 53 -- the free-wheelin' Volkswagen bug with a mind of its own -- puts the car through its paces on the road to becoming a NASCAR® competitor.
As a third-generation member of a NASCAR® family, racing is in Maggie Peyton's blood, but she is forbidden from pursuing her dream by her overprotective father, Ray Peyton, Sr. (Michael Keaton).
When Ray, Sr. offers Maggie a car as a college graduation present, he takes her to a junkyard to choose one from an assortment of very used cars. Maggie has her eye on an old Nissan, but a certain rusty, banged up '63 VW Bug seems to be clamoring for her attention. To her surprise, Maggie leaves the lot with Herbie. As she prepares to leave town for a position with ESPN News, Maggie discovers that Herbie has a mind of his own -- and an alternate route for her future.