Volkswagen has pulled back the wraps on the 2013 Beetle Convertible ahead of the vehicle's debut at this year's Los Angeles Auto Show. The drophead makes use of the same flattened roof line of the 2012 Beetle Coupe when the folding soft top is in place. Stow the roof, and the mechanism lays flat to increase rear visibility. Volkswagen says the roof can go from fully stowed to in place in just 10 seconds, and engineers built in an automatic rollover support system comprised of two computer-actuated bars behind the rear seat that pop up in just four milliseconds in the event of a collision.

Buyers can choose between three engine options, including a 2.5-liter five-cylinder good for 170 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque and paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. A 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder is also available with 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque and can be mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Finally, diesel buyers will be happy to hear Volkswagen will offer the 2013 Beetle Convertible with a familiar 2.0 turbo-diesel four-cylinder good for 140 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. That mill can be bolted to a six-speed manual or six-speed DSG. Check out the full press release below.
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VOLKSWAGEN UNVEILS THE NEW BEETLE CONVERTIBLE

Volkswagen reveals images of the latest version of its iconic convertible ahead of the
2012 Los Angeles Auto Show


Herndon, VA, October 3 – Today, Volkswagen unveils the latest Beetle Convertible, the
third-generation of the iconic VW ragtop. Like its predecessors-the type 15 from 1949 and
the 2003 New Beetle Convertible-the curvaceous convertible offers the perfect combination
of practicality and fun for four.

In creating the latest version of the Beetle Convertible, Volkswagen has reinterpreted the
Beetle Convertible's timeless design with a sportier and more dynamic silhouette, just as it did with the latest Beetle coupe. The combination of a flatter roofline and a more upright
windshield gives the car a shape that's more closely aligned with the first generation of Beetle convertibles.

Volkswagen decided to stick with a traditional soft-top rather than incorporate a folding
hardtop on the car. When the top is down, it lies flat, giving good rear visibility. Although the top looks compact when furled, it's actually wide and long when in place, an action that takes a little over 10 seconds at the touch of a button.

Inside, the Beetle Convertible retains the design cues that have made the latest Beetle such a
hit with consumers, such as the body-color dashboard and the stylish gauges and trim. The
spacious cabin has space for four full-size adults and is able to carry plenty of luggage: a
fold-down split rear bench seat increases the practicality even further.

In any Volkswagen, safety is paramount and to that end, the company has developed an
Automatic Rollover Support System. Two roll-over bars are concealed behind the back of the
rear bench seat, activated by the computer that deploys the airbags in the case of a crash.

Along with the fixed A-pillars, they provide effective protection for the occupants of all four seats within milliseconds. Driver and front passenger combined head-thorax airbags are also among the standard equipment.

The new Beetle Convertible will be available in the United States with three engine options. The entry-level powerplant is the familiar 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine that makes 170 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Volkswagen's fuel-efficient 2.0-liter TDI® Clean Diesel four-cylinder engine makes 140 hp and 236 lb-ft, but just as importantly delivers an EPA estimated fuel economy figure of 41 mpg on the highway with the six-speed manual transmission. (A six-speed DSG® dual-clutch automatic is also available with this engine.) Finally, the 2.0-liter turbocharged TSI® four-cylinder, which makes 200 hp and 207 lb-ft, can be ordered with either a six-speed manual or DSG automatic.
Beetle Convertible pricing for the U.S. will be announced closer to launch, which occurs in the last quarter of 2012.

About Volkswagen of America, Inc.

Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen's operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Volkswagen is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. Volkswagen sells the Beetle, Eos, Golf, Golf R, GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, CC, Tiguan, Touareg and Routan vehicles through approximately 600 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at www.vw.com or media.vw.com to learn more.


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      Charlie Styr
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wish there was at least one photo with the roof up!
      Steve
      • 2 Years Ago
      The photography is " UNDERWHELMING".
      jbm0866
      • 2 Years Ago
      A blonde chick and a dude looking around to make sure nobody sees him getting inside....how fitting.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      ChrisH
      • 2 Years Ago
      The top now stows nearly flat.
      navypond
      • 2 Years Ago
      No self respecting grown up man would want to be seen driving this...
        Hello, Brian
        • 2 Years Ago
        @navypond
        At least not one who thinks they have something to prove.
        luigi.tony
        • 2 Years Ago
        @navypond
        Navypond, sorry to hear about your tiny dick
        wrxfrk16
        • 2 Years Ago
        @navypond
        Not necessarily, if men in H2's are compensating men in a Beetle convertible must be porn stars...
        Lachmund
        • 2 Years Ago
        @navypond
        no immature or homophobe would..you are right
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      Look, it's barbie and her slave, ken!
        AngeloD
        • 2 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        Safe word: Fahrvergn├╝gen
        Roman
        • 2 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        That's exactly what I thought, when I saw the pic. Thumbs up!!!
      AngeloD
      • 2 Years Ago
      Parking any VW on a beach is a bad idea. Salt water/ vapor will kill the already sketchy VW electronics. No exaggeration. I've seen it.
        Lachmund
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AngeloD
        yeah...sure. boring fairytales..yawn
          Lachmund
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Lachmund
          jd power s a joke and if a burned out lightbulp is considered an electric failure everyone who talkes this serious is a joke as well
          AngeloD
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Lachmund
          Right, all those reports from all those ratings agencies over the past 35 years showing VW dead last in reliability, all the lawsuits to force VW to buy back cars under the various State's lemon laws, all the legions of personal antecdotes from former owners attesting to the terrible quality/ reliability of VW cars, all of these are just fantasies. Right.
        SgtJoeFriday
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AngeloD
        Then how come VW Bug chassis were used for dune buggies?
          AngeloD
          • 2 Years Ago
          @SgtJoeFriday
          Do you really think that the air-cooled Bugs had any where near the amount of onboard electronics to go bad? You do understand that this modern Beetle is a basically a Golf under the skin don't you? That plus everyone I know who built a Baja Bug or dune buggy kit rewired the chassis as part of the project.
      antacid
      • 2 Years Ago
      looks girly, wheres the golf version?
      mikeybyte1
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think it's cool that you can get the diesel + DSG in the drop top. Kudos for VW for offering many of their powertrain combos in each of their models.
        ChrisH
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mikeybyte1
        Combined with the TDI I may swap out the Mustang for one. My needs are Convertible first, Efficiency second, and Style third. Even then its arguable if there is any tradeoff with a Beetle convertible. It finally looks good top down. I never liked the "New Beetle" ... it was never a true Beetle, just a facsimile of one
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      So in other words, everything that's available on the coupe is available here (save the roof).
      RobbieP
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ok I'm smelling a rat here because none of the shots show how much the top, when it's down, sticks up. Each shot has a girl in front, or a mirror or it's taken from a higher angle which compresses the height of "said" top! Come clean VW, how about an honest shot, don't try to pull the wool over our eyes!
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