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    1. 10-03-2012 07:11 PM #1
      http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/la...olet-announced



      Quote Originally Posted by Autocar
      Most Beetle Cabriolets will have a torsion beam suspension arrangement. Only the 2.0 TSI will have a multilink rear setup

      These are the first pictures of the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet. It will make its public debut at the LA motor show in November.

      The Beetle Cabriolet features a soft top which folds in ten seconds. Unlike the car it replaces, the roof “lies very flat, enabling good vision to the rear”.

      Seven engine options will be available, closely mirroring the hatchback model. A 103bhp 1.2-litre TSI petrol engine will be available from launch, with a Bluemotion Technology version soon after. A 158bhp 1.4 TSI and 197bhp 2.0 TSI will complete the petrol range. Diesel choices will include a 103bhp 1.6-litre TDI offered with, or without Bluemotion Technology, and a 138bhp 2.0-litre TDI.

      A Volkswagen spokesman confirmed the Beetle Cabriolet will feature the hatchback’s multllink front and torsion beam rear suspension. Only the range-topping 2.0 TSI model will carry a more sophisticated four-link rear arrangement.

      Like the Beetle hatchback, the Cabriolet will be built in Volkswagen’s plant in Puebla, Mexico, sharing the same platform as the Jetta, itself a modified version of the Golf Mk6 platform.

      The Cabriolet will be fitted with an active rollover protection system featuring two extendable modules behind the rear seat backs activated, in the event of a rollover, via the airbag control unit. Volkswagen says the system will deploy in milliseconds, providing front and rear protection for all four occupants.

      No pricing has been revealed, but it is expected Cabriolet models will attract a premium of between £2500 to £3000 over the hatchback, with the first deliveries arriving next summer. More details will be revealed at the car’s public unveiling in Los Angeles.






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      10-03-2012 07:22 PM #2
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      10-03-2012 07:30 PM #3
      the royaly fuq'd up the roof on this one. Notice how theres not 1 single rear shot, and the one shot that has the roof mechanism shown is covered by a model chick.

      previous beetle by comparison, beautiful soft-top mechanism, especially with the cover on. No exposed rails:


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    4. 10-03-2012 07:33 PM #4
      ... and sorority girls rejoice.
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      10-04-2012 04:33 AM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by Ungarisch View Post
      the royaly fuq'd up the roof on this one. Notice how theres not 1 single rear shot, and the one shot that has the roof mechanism shown is covered by a model chick.

      previous beetle by comparison, beautiful soft-top mechanism, especially with the cover on. No exposed rails:
      When I first saw these pics it seemed really obvious that the model was positioned to block the roof in the down position in profile. Too obvious, like they know it's ugly too.
      If you make something idiot proof, a better idiot will come along.

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      10-04-2012 02:24 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by Ungarisch View Post
      the royaly fuq'd up the roof on this one. Notice how theres not 1 single rear shot, and the one shot that has the roof mechanism shown is covered by a model chick.
      It looks much better with the tonneau cover installed. Not sure why they didn't use it for the press photos. When it's installed you can't see any of the roof mechanism.

      - Anthony

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      10-04-2012 02:32 PM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony@VMG View Post
      It looks much better with the tonneau cover installed. Not sure why they didn't use it for the press photos. When it's installed you can't see any of the roof mechanism.

      - Anthony
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      10-04-2012 05:49 PM #10
      I think this car looks beautiful! But would I trade in my 2009 Rabbit for one? Too financially irresponsible at this point, but I know what my next car will be! (Unless they bring a golf carbio over )
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    11. 10-04-2012 06:55 PM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by silverspeedbuggy View Post
      Does the Turbo get the rear spoiler? Pirate-shirted lady is in the way.
      Yes. My guess is that it wasn't ready in time...

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      10-03-2012 07:54 PM #12
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      10-03-2012 08:38 PM #13
      What is with that girl's jeans? They're baggier than the dude's pair.
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      10-03-2012 08:41 PM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by mikegilbert View Post
      What is with that girl's jeans? They're baggier than the dude's pair.
      they widened here in photoshop to cover that hideous retractable room mechanism.

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      10-03-2012 09:03 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by mikegilbert View Post
      What is with that girl's jeans? They're baggier than the dude's pair.
      they swapped... dudes in skinny, chicks in baggy

      looks like they swapped shoes too...
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      10-03-2012 09:27 PM #16
      The black mirrors look terrible, and are an obvious sign of cost-cutting. They should be body color.

      Otherwise, looks fine.

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      10-03-2012 09:33 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by Swallow Doretti View Post
      The black mirrors look terrible, and are an obvious sign of cost-cutting. They should be body color.

      Otherwise, looks fine.
      Black mirrors look fine to me:

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      10-03-2012 09:36 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by Mazda 3s View Post
      Black mirrors look fine to me:

      I think they look fine on the hardtop Golf R, but on the Beetle Convertible, without a top, they look cheap.

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      10-03-2012 09:45 PM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by Swallow Doretti View Post
      I think they look fine on the hardtop Golf R, but on the Beetle Convertible, without a top, they look cheap.
      You see, I think the complete opposite. It provides a nice accent instead of being all body color. It's the same way that I like the black trim below the doors on the convertible. It provides a break of color. It also lessens the visual impact/appearance of the mirrors as well IMHO on the convertible.

      If the car was all the same color, it'd look cheaper IMHO.

      It's the same way that I think a Sonata looks better with chrome door handles and chrome grille versus having both of those items body color on the cheaper models.
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      10-03-2012 09:50 PM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by Mazda 3s View Post
      You see, I think the complete opposite. It provides a nice accent instead of being all body color. It's the same way that I like the black trim below the doors on the convertible. It provides a break of color. It also lessens the visual impact/appearance of the mirrors as well IMHO on the convertible.
      I think if it the mirrors were chrome, I'd like it better. Black just looks cheap to me, because I know it's purely a cost-cutting move.

    21. 10-03-2012 09:35 PM #21
      Showing your brand new car next to a "Mechanic on Duty" sign, priceless.

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      Dude head on lady body and lady head on dude body.
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      Dude head on lady body and lady head on dude body.
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      At they put alloys on it. Not those goddamn steelies with chrome hubcaps like the coupe
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