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Volkswagen showcases four special conceptual takes on the Beetle at the 2015 New York Auto Show: the R-Line and Pink Color Edition hatchbacks and the Wave and Denim edition convertibles. If enough people like them, it could put any or all of them in showrooms in the near future.

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A problem with a leaky fuel rail could cause a fire, prompting Volkswagen to issue a recall for certain late model Jettas, Passats, Golfs, GTIs, Beetles and Beetle Convertibles, totaling an estimated 37,979 units.

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Volkswagen is recalling about 1.1 million vehicles in China and North America in a newly announced campaign affecting the rear suspensions on some models. For the US, the action covers about 442,265 vehicles, including 400,602 examples of its 2011-2013 Jetta and 41,663 units of the 2012-2013 Beetle and Beetle Convertible. According to Reuters, the recall affects a further 126,000 vehicles in Canada and about 581,090 in China, including related market-specific models like the Sagitar.

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As the presenting sponsor of Discovery Channel's Shark Week for the second year in a row, Volkswagen is upping its game when it comes to helping to provide coverage of the man-eating fish. For us car nuts, VW is following up last year's Beetle Shark Cage by removing the top of its marketing masterpiece to create what is surely the least cagey shark cage ever made.

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With summer quickly approaching, we're eagerly awaiting some seat time in our favorite droptop models, cars that allow us to take in the sunshine and the warm air afforded by the summer months – especially for those of us who reside in states with bitterly cold winters. And while many Autoblog team members are already happy convertible owners (fun fact: three of us own Mazda Miatas, and there's even a Saab 9-3 Viggen droptop looming in the AB personal fleet), new sales data shows that the

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