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Volkswagen Announces the End of its Classic Cabrio Convertible
in the U.S. -- The Best-selling European Convertible in its time
AUBURN HILLS, Mich.-After 23 years and more than 223,000 cars sold in the
United States alone, Volkswagen of America is saying good-bye to one of its
most stylish and classic models, the Volkswagen Cabrio. The last Cabrio for
the U.S. left the factory in Puebla, Mexico, this summer.
In its time, the Volkswagen Cabrio was the best-selling European
convertible sold in the U.S.
"For many people, the Volkswagen Cabrio has symbolized what our brand
represents," said Frank Maguire, Volkswagen of America's vice president
sales and marketing. "It has a timeless, classic design, great German
engineering, a fun attitude, and offers the best value of any European
convertible. It is a car that crossed all status borders. It was fun but
elegant at the same time."
In 1979, Volkswagen introduced Cabrio to the U.S. market as the Rabbit
Convertible. It succeeded the original Beetle Convertible that left the
market the same year. And now, in turn, the Cabrio is being replaced with
the 2003 New Beetle Convertible, which
will be officially introduced at the North American International Auto Show
in January 2003.
Fortunately, there are still some 2002 Cabrios left at Volkswagen
dealerships around the nation. They are offered in several trim levels,
including an abundantly equipped GLX ($22,300).
All Cabrios come with a wealth of standard equipment including
CFC-free air conditioning; a premium eight-speaker cassette stereo with CD
capability; a defoggable glass
rear window; four-wheel ABS brakes; an ignition key with separate radio
frequency remote transmitter; a leather-covered steering wheel; an
anti-theft alarm system with the Immobilizer key system; front side impact
airbags ; a pollen and dust filter; driver door-mounted power lock/unlock
switches with central locking system, and much more.
Cabrios are powered by a 2.0-liter, SOHC, four-cylinder engine that produces
115 horsepower at 5,200 revolutions per minute; more importantly, its
maximum torque of 122 ft. lbs. is realized at just 2,600 rpm. Mated to both
engines is a standard five-speed manual transmission or an optional
four-speed automatic.
Volkswagen Cabrios use a fixed, integrated roll bar that provides
protection in a rollover but also permits secure anchorage for its advanced
supplemental restraint system. In addition to front driver and passenger
airbags, the Cabrio uses a seat belt tensioning system that tightens and
optimally positions all outboard belts within milliseconds of a severe
crash.
The Cabrio utilizes standard side airbags for front seat occupants.
This system is integrated into the front seats so no matter where the front
occupant adjusts his or her seat position, the airbag maintains its
protective relationship.
Standard on the Cabrio is a comprehensive warranty plan. Volkswagen's
Protection Plus now includes a four-year/50,000 mile bumper-to-bumper
warranty. The warranty covers
wear-and-tear items and adjustments during the initial 12 months or 12,000
miles of ownership. In addition, Volkswagen offers a fully transferable
limited powertrain warranty that covers five years or 60,000 miles,
including 24-hour roadside assistance program. Now, with the fully
galvanized Cabrio, the Protection Plus package includes an outstanding
limited corrosion warranty of six years with no mileage restrictions.
 

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Re: It is official, the Cabrio is dead... (VeeDubDriver)

To bad they never made VR6 or 1.8t Cabbys. Its also to bad they are replacing a MK3/4 body style with a Beetle. The Beetle is not for everyone although I am sure the NB Cabrio will sell like crazy.
 

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Re: It is official, the Cabrio is dead... (1.8TWolfsberg)

It's really a shame that they are putting the Cabby to rest....and substituting the demand with an NB convertible....the NB is definately not for everyone...but I guess in the big picture it may appeal to more of the masses out there than the Cabby....such is business folks...
 

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Re: It is official, the Cabrio is dead... (vwsteve)

They're trying to drum up interest in the aging New Beetle. At the expense of Cabrio, since there obviously isn't room for both.
What else can they do except chop off the roof? It's kind of hard to redesign it.
 

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Re: It is official, the Cabrio is dead... (e m k a e i v)

quote:[HR][/HR]man... i like the cabrio. it's a nice car and if you drop a 1.8t or a vr6 in there...it's on! but that's just my two cents.
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fa sho . . . RIP
 

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Re: It is official, the Cabrio is dead... (VeeDubDriver)

One of the cutest chicks at my work drives a Cabby. It's cute, but definitely a chick car. As others have said, if they threw a 1.8T or VR6 in it I would've taken a closer look!
 

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Re: It is official, the Cabrio is dead... (LilGolf18T)

Well, I hope they bring back the Cabrio on the MkV platform. I've always had a soft spot for the Cabrio....I don't know why. It seemed like a car I'd like to own.
VW did kind of kill the Cabrio by leaving it with the 2.0 engine and leaving it on the MkIII platform....an MkIV based 1.8T Cabrio would've been a blast.
Oh well...
 

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Re: It is official, the Cabrio is dead... (phatvw)

If I had money, I mean a lot of money, I would love to take a new GTI 1.8T or VR6 and make a Cabrio out of it. Because that's what VW should've done in '99.
 

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Re: It is official, the Cabrio is dead... (Reflexinator)

quote:[HR][/HR]damn, the number 1 car for gay guys will no longer be sold...[HR][/HR]​
Am I crazy, or are you being sarcastic!?



[Modified by clarkma5, 12:25 PM 8-7-2002]
 

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Re: It is official, the Cabrio is dead... (clarkma5)

damn, the number 1 car for gay guys will no longer be sold...
Am I crazy, or are you being sarcastic!?

he's not being sarcastic, i think its more like a complain that he can't get a cabby anymore. he must be speaking from experience.
 

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Re: It is official, the Cabrio is dead... (noypitsgolf)

To be quite honest I am not a big fan of convertibles in general.
But I've seen some of the photos of what the new NB Convertible is going to look like and I think it looks spectacular!
 

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Re: It is official, the Cabrio is dead... (VeeDubDriver)

quote:[HR][/HR]"For many people, the Volkswagen Cabrio has symbolized what our brand
represents," [HR][/HR]​
Right, a girl's car
 

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Re: It is official, the Cabrio is dead... (LilGolf18T)

quote:[HR][/HR]One of the cutest chicks at my work drives a Cabby. It's cute, but definitely a chick car. As others have said, if they threw a 1.8T or VR6 in it I would've taken a closer look![HR][/HR]​


What are you talkin about??? My GF's Cabrio is a VR6



[Modified by Count_Blah, 12:45 PM 8-7-2002]
 

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Re: It is official, the Cabrio is dead... (craig20v)

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[Modified by craig20v, 3:33 PM 8-7-2002][HR][/HR]​
i always like this car... i seen it in eurotuner... made me look twice...
 
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