Volkswagen Beetle convertible on display at Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2012

Volkswagen Beetle Convertible which will debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this year will be available in the United States with three engine…

Volkswagen Beetle Convertible which will debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this year will be available in the United States with three engine options. These will include a 2.5 five cylinder offering 170 hp and 177 lb/ft torque mated to a six speed automatic transmission, a 2.0 turbocharged four cylinder offering 200 hp and 207 lb/ft torque mated either to a six speed manual or six speed dual clutch gearbox while those interested in a diesel engine will be able to procure a 2.0 turbodiesel four cylinder offering 140 hp and 236 lb/ft torque mated to six speed manual or six speed DSG.

This third generation Beetle Convertible comes after the first of its kind launched in 1949 followed by the second generation Beetle Convertible in 2002. The current model is fitted with a soft top ideally suited for open top driving. It possesses spacious and comfortable interiors with enough space for upto four adults while trunk capacity is at 225 liters.

Additional safety features include a special active rollover protection system. This consists of two extendable modules fitted behind the rear bench seat while additional safety is offered in the form of front and head/thorax airbags. Beetle Convertible is available in Germany from November 2012 onwards where it will be priced from €21,350 onwards.

Auto news release: The new Beetle Convertible: world premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show
Launching in Europe in spring 2013

Open-top version combines classic style with everyday practicality

A new wind will soon be blowing in the open-top car market, created by a new Volkswagen: the Beetle Convertible. The car continues a unique automotive story: following the original Beetle Convertible (type 15), first launched in 1949, and the New Beetle Convertible of 2002, it marks the third generation of the curvaceous Volkswagen soft-top that offers unprecedented practicality and open-top driving fun for four.

Its unmistakable silhouette has made generations of the Beetle into cult cars. The fact that over 330,000 units of the original Beetle Cabriolet cars were produced from 1949 to 1980 speaks for itself. In creating the latest version of the Beetle Convertible, Volkswagen has reinterpreted the timeless design of bygone days and given the silhouette a sportier and more dynamic look. The combination of a flatter roofline and the more upright windshield gives the car a silhouette that resembles that of the legendary original Beetle Cabriolet.

The new model also incorporates design criteria of the modern Volkswagen line-up: the air inlet under the bumper, the flat contour of the hood’s bottom edge and in particular the tail lights show the close family ties. In the new Beetle Convertible, Volkswagen brings together modern technology and the highest standards of quality with the emotional legacy of the car’s ‘forefather’. As on the nostalgic icon, the headlights still have their classic round shape.

Another feature contributing to the special charm of the new Beetle Convertible is the traditional soft top. When open it lies very flat, enabling good vision to the rear. Despite its compact construction, the top is very wide and elongated in shape. It opens and closes entirely automatically (on all models) within around ten seconds and up to a driving speed of 30mph.

Included with the Beetle Convertible is a standard soft-top cover, which, if desired, tucks the opened top neatly away. Surrounding chrome trim accentuates the borders between steel and fabric. As in other Beetle models, the compact instrument panel with extra large round instrument cluster and several nostalgic elements, such as the additional glove box, create a markedly different design inside the new Beetle Convertible as well.

With its spacious and comfortably designed interior the Beetle Convertible is a fully-fledged four-seat vehicle. The trunk enfolding up to 225 liters includes a fold-down symmetrically split rear bench seat which allows transporting bigger items event when the roof is closed.

To provide added safety in the event of a rollover accident, Volkswagen has developed an active rollover protection system. It consists of two extendable modules fitted inside the vehicle in concealed fashion behind the back of the rear bench seat. If the car were to roll over, the two rollover modules would be activated via the central airbag triggering unit. Along with the fixed A-pillars, they provide effective protection for the occupants of all four seats within a matter of milliseconds. Another extra safety feature is front and head-thorax-airbags that are standard equipment.

The new Beetle Convertible will be available with seven engine options. The entry-level engine is a highly efficient 1.2-liter TSI, delivering 77 kW/ 105 PS. Right from the launch, the BlueMotion Technology version of this gasoline engine will also be available. The other gasoline engines are the lively 1.4-liter TSI and the 2.0-liter version, producing 118 kW and 147 kW respectively. In the diesel area, Volkswagen is offering the tried and tested 1.6-liter TDI with 77 kW (including as a BMT version) and the 2.0-liter TDI, delivering 103 kW.

In Germany, the new Beetle Convertible can be ordered beginning in November with prices starting at €21,350.

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