The new Beetle opens its top for LA Auto Show

The new Beetle opens its top for LA Auto Show image

Text: / Photos: Volkswagen Press | posted October 04, 2012 12:35

Open-top version combines classic style with everyday practicality

Volkswagen first launched its Beetle Convertible model in 1949 which is widely known as the 'type 15', it was a long time before it was followed by the year 2002 Beetle Convertible, nearly a decade after, Volkswagen will be introducing its newest open-top version of the third generation Beetle to the public at the 2012 LA Auto Show which will be happening late November this year.

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.

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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 ten seconds and up to a driving speed of 30mph.

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.

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The new Beetle Convertible will be available with seven engine options. The entry-level engine is a highly efficient 1.2-liter TSI, delivering 103 hp. 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 158 hp and 197 hp  respectively. In the diesel area, Volkswagen is offering the tried and tested 1.6-liter TDI with 103 hp and the 2.0-liter TDI, delivering 138 hp.

In Germany, the new Beetle Convertible can be ordered beginning in November with prices starting at €21,350 or approximately PhP1,145,600.00.