On Target: The 21st Century Beetle as Convertible

• The grandchild of the legendary Beetle convertible takes off
• New Beetle Cabriolet with legendary design and sporting appeal
• Soft top can be put down in only 9.5 seconds – even at 50 km/h

Wolfsburg / Nice, 11 February 2013 – Some special cars reflect the fundamental attitude of their owners – the new Beetle Cabriolet is such a car. Driving this Volkswagen shows that the people inside really enjoy a sporty design, colours and driving with the top down. Even ordering the new Beetle Cabriolet will be a cult act for most buyers – because many more options are available to express your individual taste than ever before: five standard equipment versions are available (“Beetle,” “Design,” “Design Exclusive,” “Sport” and “Sport Exclusive”) as well as three special models (“50’s Edition,” “60’s Edition” and “70’s Edition”). This range is supplemented by twelve finishes and two soft top colours, eleven different types of interior textile and leather trim, twelve rims, innumerable technical and visual features as well as efficient petrol and diesel engines with performance ranging from 77 kW / 105 PS to 147 kW / 200 PS. These are all turbocharged engines, available with optional six and seven-speed dual clutch gearboxes. Fuel economy range for these efficient, high torque, four-cylinder engines: 4.5 to 7.8 l/100 km.

The Beetle Cabriolet is the lowest priced open-top car from Volkswagen

  • In Germany from 21,350 euros. “The new Beetle Cabriolet,” according to Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of Management Volkswagen Brand, Technical Development, “takes the design of the original open Beetle and New Beetle, transferring the shapes to present times and enriching everything with a high degree of sportiness. In most European countries, the new Beetle Cabriolet can already be ordered, and at attractive prices.” In Germany, this four-seater starts with a base price of 21,350 euros – making the open-top Beetle the lowest priced convertible in the Volkswagen range.

Top opens and closes while driving

  • In 9.5 seconds nothing but sky overhead. The new Beetle Cabriolet has become larger and more majestic. It has an elongated, wider appearance, the roof is flatter, the proportions more dynamic. Beyond any performance figures and fuel economy values, the most important figure for a convertible: The time required to put down the top. Only 9.5 seconds with the Beetle Cabriolet, and thanks to its electric motor, this is an almost noiseless process. It even works while driving at speeds of up to 50 km/h. When retracted the soft top is stored compactly behind the rear seat where it does not restrict the view to the rear. The soft top on the Beetle Cabriolet can be closed in 11.0 seconds; the additional 1.5 seconds are required to allow the electric drive to automatically lock the roof to the windscreen frame.

Even a new car is a collector’s item

  • 565,000 classic convertibles. The day they are delivered, purchasers of the new Beetle Cabriolets receive cars destined for a long service life. That’s the way it has always been with the convertibles in this series: First new cars kept by the original owners for a long time, then classic and, finally, vintage cars. And used cars? Granted! Multitudes of the 565,000 convertibles under the Beetle label have taken this route. And that’s the way it will be in the future.

Notes:
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