2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible

2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible spyshots

The winter has been approaching to its end and automakers are doing what they can to take the full advantage of frost bike weather to deploy their prototypes. We don’t know if this coincidence or not, but just yesterday we spotted the 2013 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabrio for test drive and now, we got the spyshots of the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible pounded around the snowy road. Just so you know, the term “convertible”, “roadster”, and “droptop” are having the same meaning which is why we refer the deployment of the different type of German cars are considered to be coincidence since both under the same management of VW Groups.

2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible spyshots side view

Okay, back to our main topic about the winter test drive for the 2013 Beetle Convertible which somehow, has invisible US market signs all over its body. As you examine all the spyshots, you probably notice that the droptop version for the compact German bug has not covered in camouflage sheet, but a mysterious black paintjob just like its sister – Porsche. According to autoevolution.com, the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible is obviously more marketable than the Coupe version because since in some years it managed to outsell the fixed roof counterpart.

2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible spyshots rear view

The official debut for the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible is hopefully at the spring auto event which probably the perfect venue will be the New York Auto Show. Well, that explains why we haven’t spotted any camouflage sheet all over this Beetle prototype, right? Also, presenting the 2013 Beetle Convertible in NYC means open the opportunity for early US booking for this compact and agile city car.

Diesel-Powered 2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI Debuts at Chicago Auto Show

2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI

Heads up US customers because one of the efficient vehicles is about to come on your way. The 2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI with frugal and efficient diesel engine will make its US debut and introductory at 2012 Chicago Auto Show. US market is now a thriving diesel market for automakers, especially for German car manufacturers where they already developed diesel engine for years.

Volkswagen official confirmed that the 2013 Beetle TDI will be showcased at the aforementioned auto event. Unfortunately, Das Auto only shared the confirmation, not official details. Well…well..well… it seems like the German carmaker has been keeping everything about the diesel-powered 2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI in complete hush-hush. Okay, we can accept the fact that Das Auto doesn’t want to share any technical details, but we still have our imagination to predict it.

The first time we heard that Volkswagen about to introduce the diesel version of 2013 Beetle TDI, our mind directly refers to the 2.0L TDI powerplant. Nope… that is not what Volkswagen will offer to the US diesel-fans. The reason why the aforementioned engine is no longer used for the upcoming German bug is because the engine is way too general with multiple VW’s models already powered by it.

We really clueless here because the 2.0L TDI engine is the best we can come up with when it comes to the engine and performance of 2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI. Das Auto also wants to add new model to the German bug and that new model is the Beetle Convertible which promises efficiency and coolness.

Volkswagen Beetle R Concept Arrives at 201 LA Auto Show

VW Beetle R Concept

The Volkswagen Beetle R Concept showed up in front of the public during the Frankfurt Auto Show back in September. And now, Das Auto will ship the Beetle R Concept to the US soil to get early market respond from the American buyers. We pretty much know that Volkswagen has to do everything they can in order to boost up the sales figures and able to dominate the global sales. So, will the VW Beetle R Concept stay as it is or will be entering the production floor?

Okay, when we confront about the possibility that the Volkswagen Beetle R will have the production version, Das Auto only refer the sporty German bug as living proof to show “the potential for an ever sportier version of Beetle”. Then again, as much as we like the Beetle R, we just can’t help it that the big wheels and rims are not the perfect thing for the cute and adorable Beetle.

VW Beetle R Concept  cockpit

Judging from the picture, the Beetle R Concept carries bigger wheels with gigantic multi spoke rims and chrome inserts. If these are the only added cosmetic features on the VW Beetle R, then you can easily get them from aftermarket specialists and tuning houses, right? Perhaps what the Volkswagen said about the Beetle R Concept to be just for the showcase-purpose is true.

VW Beetle R Concept rear view

Why even build the production version of the Beetle R Concept if customers can modify and custom their basic Beetle? Anyway, the most noticeable parts on the Beetle R Concept are the quad-exhaust and bucket sport seats which are covered in Nappa-leather. According to autoevolution.com, VW has been rumored that they are currently working on the Beetle R which carries a FWD – not sure whether it is “front-“ or the “four-wheel drive” – just like the Scirocco R with total power output around 270 horsepower in Europe.

2012 VW New Beetle is ready to be launched this year

Volkswagen does not seem to play in capturing the 2012 VW New Beetle. The car is expected to continue the glory of its predecessor. Indeed, this coupe car will be made larger, sportier, and reduced its funny form; this third generation car is expected can attract more male consumers. As is known, all this time, the VW Beetle is identical with female consumers.

2012 VW New Beetle will look plumper, with increasing length of 168.4 inches, 6 inches tall, 71.2 inches wide, and up 3.3 inches. For the engines, Volkswagen is still trying to decide which engine is suitable for this coupe. The plan, VW seems to adopt the engine from other U.S. small VWs, such as the VW Golf or Jetta. Possibility, the 2012 VW New Beetle will use the five-cylinder gasoline engine that can produce 170 hp, or 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that can produce 200 hp. However, there is the possibility of this coupe using a 2-liter turbo-diesel that can produce 140 hp.

The plan, the 2012 VW New Beetle will begin to be marketed in the U.S. in September or October. While Volkswagen targeting China, Europe, Mexico and the U.S. will become the main market this Coupe car. Furthermore, Volkswagen is ready to spread the 2012 VW New Beetle to 70 countries worldwide. In the meantime, we must wait until the show Shanghai Auto Show, to get more details about the 2012 VW New Beetle. Then, we could see this car introduction in the New York Auto Show in May. Hopefully this Coupe car can continue the triumph of VW Beetle that has been known throughout the world.