Bigger Beetle convertible emerges at LA Auto Show

LOS ANGELES, Nov 30 — Volkswagen has unveiled its third-generation Beetle Convertible at the LA Auto Show ahead of the public opening today.

The new Beetle Convertible is visually larger and longer. The increased dimensions result in more space in the car’s interior and trunk, the latter’s capacity going from 201l to 225l, while the back seats can now fold down.

The Beetle Convertible 2013 is larger and longer. — Picture courtesy of VolkswagenThe Beetle Convertible 2013 is larger and longer. — Picture courtesy of VolkswagenThe roof closes in just 9.5 seconds, thanks to an electro-hydraulic system that operates at speeds of up to 50km/h. It folds back neatly behind the backseats for better rear visibility.

The model comes with a choice of engines, according to region, including a fuel-efficient option in the TDI Clean Diesel.

Standard specs include ESP (electronic stabilisation programme), which assists the driver when braking and starting the car uphill, and a set of airbags. Optional features include bi-xenon headlights, Keyless Access, Fender Premium Audio System, automatic controls for air conditioning and a touchscreen and hard drive-based navigation system.

Three types of finishes will be on offer: Beetle, Design and Sport.

Alongside the Beetle at its LA stand, Volkswagen also displays its new high-end sedan Jetta Hybrid, which can switch to full electric mode at the touch of a button. 

The LA Auto Show is open to the public from today to December 9 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. — AFP-Relaxnews



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