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2013 VW Beetle Convertible

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The Volkswagen Beetle Convertible is back! The Beetle has been one of the most popular open-top cars built. More than 330,000 examples of the first Beetle Convertible were manufactured over a 32-year span, while another 234,619 New Beetle Convertibles were produced in an eight-year period.

2013 VW Beetle Convertible
2013 VW Beetle ConvertibleVolkswagen of American, Inc.
2013 VW Beetle 60's Convertible
2013 VW Beetle 60's ConvertibleVolkswagen of American, Inc.

There are three special edition Beetle Convertibles that evoke three distinct decades in American cultural history--the 1950s, the 1960s, and the 1970s. The '50s Edition Beetle Convertible is classic and classy in black with a tan interior. The '60s Edition has groovy tow-tone seats and Denim Blue paint that give a nod to blue jeans, the most ubiquitous fashion statement of the era. And the '70s Edition Convertible harks back to the more sophisticated side of the decade with a Toffee Brown exterior and chrome-look disc wheels.

The Beetle Convertible's interior styling, ergonomics and quality build off the themes that were introduced with the Coupe. Three round gauges are arranged in front of the driver) tachometer, speedometer, fuel gauge), providing all key information at a glance. A multifunction display is integrated in the speedometer, which is housed in the central position in the binnacle. The steering wheel is specially designed with colored accents in the spokes depending on the equipment line.

All 2013 Beetle convertibles are exceptionally will equipped. The base 2.5 liter model has standard 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, a leather wrapped steering wheel, an eight speaker sound system with aux-in; Bluetooth technology; a Media Device Interface with i-Pod cable, three-color adjustable ambient lighting; heated front seats and exterior mirrors; cruise control and V-Tex leatherette seating.

Available features include a multi-function leather-trimmed steering wheel, Keyless access with push-button start, leather seating, the RNS315 navigation system, the award-winning Fender Premium Audio System, and Sirius XM Satellite Radio.

The 2013 Beetle Convertible offers the following powertrain combinations: 2.5 liter five-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission; the 2.0 liter TSI turbocharged four cylinder gasoline engine with six-speed manual or six-speed DSG dual clutch automatic transmission; and the 2.0-liter TDI turbocharged Clean Diesel with the same manual of DSG options.

The Turbo model Beetle delivers plenty of "fun power" and to ensure that power is applied properly in challenging conditions, the Turbo model features the XDS cross differential (limited slip) system that electronically monitors input from various wheel sensors and, in the event of slippage, transfer extra torque to the wheel with the most traction.

The Beetle convertible is also covered under the no-charge Carefree Maintenance Program. All scheduled maintenance is covered for the length of the New Vehicle Warranty--three years or 36,000, whichever occurs first. Additionally, all current Volkswagen vehicles use synthetic oil, which when combined with state-of-the-art German engineering, eliminates the need for a 5000-mile oil change, and allows owners to go farther between scheduled oil changes.

Our test car was the top of line Beetle Turbo Convertible and starts at $31,195 and adds: leather seating surfaces, door trims, and dashboard; sport seats; and the RNS 315 navigation system. The '60s Edition has two-tone leather seats and Denim Blue paint: available only with the DSG transmissions, it is priced at $32,395.

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