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Friday, 5 October 2012

Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet Revealed

The cabriolet model of the new VW Beetle is set to make world debut at La Auto Show in November and is expected to go on sale in the Uk next spring.

Volkswagen has reinterpreted the timeless design of the Beetle by giving it a sportier and more dynamic look with a flatter roofline and a more upright windscreen to make the car resemble that of the legendary original Beetle Cabriolet.

Another feature contributing to the charm of the new Beetle Cabriolet is the traditional soft top.  When open it lies very flat, and opens and closes entirely automatically (on all models) within around 10 seconds, including on the move. Also when set in the down position the roof will be hidden under a soft-top cover.

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 the standard front and head-thorax airbag system.

The new Beetle Cabriolet will be available with a choice of seven engines.  The entry-level engine is a highly efficient 1.2-litre TSI with 104bhp.  Straight after launch, the BlueMotion Technology version of this petrol engine will also be available.  The other petrol options are the 1.4-litre TSI and the 2.0-litre version, producing 158bhp and 198bhp respectively.  Diesel engines comprise of a 1.6-litre TDI with 105bhp (also available as a BlueMotion Technology version) and a 2.0-litre TDI with 140bhp.

The Beetle Cabriolet will make its world debut at the Los Angeles Motor Show on 28 November and is due to go on sale in the UK in spring 2013.  Prices and specification details will be announced closer to launch.

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