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Press Release) Driving off in iconic, head-turning
vehicles like the 2008 New Beetle and New Beetle convertible just
got easier with new option packages from Volkswagen.
The New Beetle sedan now is available in a well-equipped base model
S as well as the SE model with premium sound, heated front seats
and heated windshield washer nozzles.
The sedan also is
available in Platinum Gray and Reflex Silver. New 16-inch alloy
wheels are available on the S, and 17-inch alloy wheels are
available on the SE.
The 2008 New Beetle and
New Beetle convertible are available at Volkswagen dealers now, with
a starting price of $17,365 for the hard-top and $23,125 for the
From the sides, a
character line plays off the fenders and a relatively flat mid-body
and presents a hunkered down look. Black roof trim now frames the
As you would expect from
Volkswagen, the interior of the car has been given thorough
attention. The newest interpretation of the iconic interior includes
a single-bezel instrument cluster housing a large, easy-to-read, 140
mile-per-hour speedometer and a smaller tachometer and fuel gauge.
Chrome accents enhance the instrument cluster and the dashboard air
Revised stitching on the
V-Tex seating results in a new look. In a nod to the importance that
New Beetle and New Beetle convertible drivers place on their music,
Volkswagen designers have placed the auxiliary input jack in a more
visible location in the center console.
A two-speed windshield
wiper system features a four-speed intermittent wipe feature. A
large assist handle across the instrument panel above the glove box
and two rear-passenger assist straps located on the B-pillar on
hardtop models ensure interior comfort.
The 2008 New Beetle and
New Beetle convertible are offered with the advanced Volkswagen
2.5-liter, in-line, five-cylinder gasoline engine. The 2.5 L engine
delivers 150 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 170 lbs.-ft. of torque at
With four valves per
cylinder, aluminum alloy cross flow heads and double overhead
camshafts, the engine is strong, quiet, and efficient. Hydraulic
lifters are maintenance-free. Digital electronic ignition and
Motronic sequential multi-point fuel injection help the engine to
operate on regular unleaded gasoline.
Power is delivered to
the front wheels with two types of transmissions. A five-speed
manual transmission operates smoothly with a hydraulic clutch. An
available six-speed transmission with Tiptronic allows for both
automatic and driver-selected gear changes using the gear selector.
The 2008 New Beetle and New Beetle convertible with automatic
transmission achieve an EPA-estimated fuel efficiency of up to 29
miles per gallon in highway driving and 20 mpg in city driving. With
a manual transmission, the EPA estimates are 28 mpg highway and 20
on the city cycle.
McPherson struts, a torsion beam rear axle and front and rear
stabilizer bars combine for a comfortable ride and excellent
handling. Power-assisted rack and pinion steering and four-wheel
disc brakes increase controlnot to mention pure driving pleasure.
A comprehensive package
of safety features that are standard equipment includes an advanced
driver and front passenger front airbag supplemental restraint
system and driver and front passenger head/thorax side airbag
supplemental restraint system. The latest version Anti-lock Braking
System (ABS) also is standard, as is an advanced Electronic
Stabilization Program (ESP) with brake assist and traction control
including Anti-Slip Regulation. A Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
now is standard as well.