A new wind will soon be blowing in the open-top car market, created by a new Volkswagen: the Beetle Convertible. The car continues a unique automotive story: following the original VW Beetle Convertible (type 15), first launched in 1949, and the New Beetle Convertible of 2002, it marks the third generation of the curvaceous Volkswagen soft-top that offers unprecedented practicality and open-top driving fun for four.
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 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible, 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.
The new Volkswagen Beetle Convertible 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 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible can be ordered beginning in November 2012 with prices starting at €21,350.