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Convertibles make you do funny things. Ask someone if they'd drive a hardtop in near freezing temperatures with all the windows down and they might not even answer, thinking the question so ridiculous. Give that same person a convertible they love and you might just have to ask them to please put the top up even when snow is on the ground.

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Volkswagen has chosen to really expand its performance-tuned portfolio at this year's Chicago Auto Show, bringing along a couple of new Beetles destined for model year 2014, as well as a pair of freshened GTI packages that you'll be able to buy almost right away.

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But you're going to have to work for it. As part of the "Occupy Conan" competition, Conan O'Brien is giving us all the chance to recreate some of the show's skits as we see fit. All you have to do is head over to the Conan site and select which clips you want to put your own spin on. Download the clips as well as the full script, nab yourself a camera and some friends and get cracking. Entrants must stick to the script, and your Conan must have orange hair and a tie. Your Andy will also need blo

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Top Down In North America's Only Diesel Convertible

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Volkswagen has introduced three special edition Beetle Convertible models to celebrate the droptop's launch. The vehicles are designed to evoke three distinct decades in American cultural history: the 1950s, the 1960s and the 1970s, says the automaker.

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With the second-generation modern-era Beetle, Volkswagen set out to redefine its iconic model, not just with a new shape, but also with a plan to reach a new, more balanced buying demographic. According to the German automaker, the new generation has done just that, with the 2012 model selling to male buyers to the tune of 40 percent – 50 percent with the more powerful Turbo model. The previous-generation New Beetle finished out its long run with just 28-percent male ownership.

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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-actuat

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Volkswagen has confirmed rumors that its 2013 Beetle Convertible will drop its top at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show in late November of this year. While we haven't seen images of the new convertible yet, the automaker's all-electric E-Bugster should give us a good indication of how the new model will look – minus the flared fenders, speedster windshield and two-seat passenger configuration, of course.

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How do you make the hot-selling Volkswagen Beetle even hotter? Chop the top!

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According to Kicking Tires, Volkswagen has confirmed that it will debut two new production vehicles at the upcoming LA Auto Show. One of those is very likely to be the highly anticipated convertible version of VW's latest Beetle – LA is as fitting a place to unveil such a sun-worshiping machine as any.

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Even though public days for the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show have only just begun, details on the upcoming 2012 Detroit Auto Show are already starting to emerge. Volkswagen sources have divulged to Car and Driver that the automaker will unveils its Jetta Hybrid in the Motor City and sell it to U.S. buyers by the end of 2012.

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