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The Volkswagen Beetle Convertible has been revealed ahead of its world premiere at next month’s 2012 Los Angeles auto show.

The soft-top version of the new-generation Beetle will reach European showrooms in the second quarter of 2013, although its inclusion in the German manufacturer’s local line-up is yet to be locked in.

Volkswagen Australia’s Kurt McGuiness said it was “still up in the air” whether the Volkswagen Beetle Convertible would reach our shores, insisting it was too early to comment on its chances for our market.

The all-new Volkswagen Beetle hardtop will finally hit Australian showrooms in early 2013, around two years after it debuted simultaneously at the New York and Shanghai auto shows in April 2011.

Volkswagen sold 1626 previous-generation New Beetle Cabriolets in Australia between its 2003 launch and its discontinuation earlier this year – averaging approximately 200 units per year at its peak around the middle of last decade.

If the new ‘third-generation’ Beetle Convertible (following the Type 15 Beetle from 1949 and 2002’s New Beetle Cabriolet) does join the local line-up, it will compete with Volkswagen’s two other compact convertibles – the Eos hardtop and the Golf Cabriolet soft-top – as well as a number of open-top models from other manufacturers.

Like the generations before it, the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible retains the standard hardtop’s signature curves while sporting its own unique open-air profile.

Prominent black and chrome skirts sit low between the generous wheel arches, while an additional thin chrome strip wraps around the top, accentuating the border between steel and fabric.

The soft-top’s roof opens and closes automatically on all models, folding up or down in around 10 seconds at vehicle speeds up to 48km/h.

The Beetle Convertible’s boot has a capacity of 225 litres, and folding the split rear bench forwards opens up more space whether the roof is open or closed.

Enhancing top-down safety is a new active rollover protection system consisting of two modules that extend from behind the rear seats when the central airbag unit is triggered to provide additional protection for all four occupants.

The Beetle Convertible will be available overseas with seven turbocharged engine options, ranging from the entry-level 77kW 1.2-litre petrol and 77kW 1.6-litre diesel to the 147kW 2.0-litre petrol.

The Volkswagen Beetle Convertible will headline Volkswagen’s Los Angeles stand from November 30.




  • Daniel

    It looks good but I like the normal Beetle a lot more. I’m not a big fan of high waisted convertibles.

  • SSV

    Awaiting someone to comment about that second picture: a new VW parked outside a garage with a sign saying “Mechanic on Duty”… 4th picture, the car has moved but they’re still waiting. (This is purely an observation – I have no evidence of VW current reliability.)

    • Golfschwein

      You gotta laaarf, duncha? :) I like the look, but others can buy them.

  • Captain Nemo®™

    1st pic the woman is driving the blue one.

    2nd pic she is holding her head & blue bug is nowhere to be seen

    4th pic the bloke is looking at her and is probably saying “it’s OK honey the tray truck will be here soon”.

    • Legnab

      No sapper nemo, she says thank the stars we didn’t buy a chevy crude , this has more style than a hand me down daewoo .

      • Karl Sass

        Of course it has more style it’s practically a hand bag on wheels.

  • Stumpy

    Does it still come with the plastic flower and vase for young ladies and sensitive, artistic boys?

    • Golfschwein

      As it seems to be concerning you (those with a passing interest in psychology always ask, “why?”), why don’t you look it up and find out? 

  • Wile E Coyote

    She seems cheesed off that he is driving a girls car

    • Kampfer

      Look at the sad face on the man’s face…

  • Luke Brinsmead

    I don’t normally like convertables, but for me, this Beatle convertible makes sense. It looks better than the golf and eos convertible. I say, if you’re going to make a car less practical, why not do it in style.