2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Unveiled Ahead of 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show
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2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Unveiled Ahead of 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show

2012 Los Angeles Auto Show


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2012 Los Angeles Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • The wraps came off the redesigned 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible ahead of its formal debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show.
  • The Beetle Convertible sheds some of the cuteness factor, with tauter sheet metal, a flatter roof line and a more upright windshield.
  • The 2013 Beetle Convertible gets a traditional soft top rather than a folding hardtop — and no bud vase.

HERNDON, Virginia — The wraps came off the redesigned 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible ahead of its formal debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The four-passenger Beetle Convertible sheds some of the cuteness factor, with tauter sheet metal, a flatter roof line and a more upright windshield. The German automaker said the new look "gives the car a shape that's more closely aligned with the first generation of Beetle convertibles."

The production Beetle Convertible is patterned after the Volkswagen E-Bugster Concept stylistically.

Volkswagen said pricing will be announced closer to launch at the end of the year.

The 2013 Beetle Convertible gets a traditional soft top rather than a folding hardtop — and no bud vase.

"We're getting away from that," said Mark Gillies, a Volkswagen of American spokesman in a phone conversation with Edmunds on Wednesday.

The drop top also features a fold-down split rear bench seat and an automatic rollover support system. Two rollover bars are concealed behind the back of the rear bench seat. The roll bars are activated by a computer.

VW reconfirmed that the redesigned Beetle Convertible will be available in the U.S. with three engine options. The base model gets a 170-horsepower 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine linked to a six-speed automatic transmission. Also available is a 2.0-liter TDI clean diesel four-cylinder engine that makes 140 hp. VW says the diesel version with a six-speed manual transmission delivers an estimated 41 mpg on the highway. The diesel variant can also be ordered with a six-speed automatic.

Also available on the Beetle Convertible is the turbocharged 2.0-liter TSI four-cylinder engine that delivers 200 hp. It can be mated to either the six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic.

No electric Beetle Convertible is available.

Edmunds says: The Beetle coupe may attract more male buyers with its more masculine shape, but the convertible will likely remain a female favorite.

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