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Press Release) The new Beetle Cabriolet: world premiere at the
Los Angeles Auto Show. Launching in Europe in spring 2013.
Open-top version combines classic
style with everyday practicality
Wolfsburg, 04 October
2012 - A new wind will soon be blowing in the open-top car market,
created by a new Volkswagen: the Beetle Cabriolet. The car continues
a unique automotive story: following the original Beetle Cabriolet
(type 15), first launched in 1949, and the New Beetle Cabriolet 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 Cabriolet, 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
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 Cabriolet, 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
Cabriolet 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 Cabriolet 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 Cabriolet as well.
With its spacious and comfortably designed interior the Beetle
Cabriolet 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
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 Cabriolet 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 Cabriolet can be ordered beginning in
November with prices starting at €21,350.