Monday, April 18, 2011

2012 Volkswagen Beetle World Debut in Shanghai, Berlin & New York

The third generation of the Volkswagen Beetle is celebrating a transcontinental world debut simultaneously in Shanghai, Berlin and New York. The 2012 Beetle is 71.2 inches wide (3.3 inches wider), 58.5 inches tall (.5 inches lower) and 168.4 inches long (6 inches longer). The new focal point is the C-pillar and a rear spoiler that is integrated into the design (standard on 2.0L TSI engines with 200 hp).

The 2012 Beetle will offer three engines: the 170 horsepower 2.5 liter gasoline five cylinder, the 140 horsepower 2.0 liter TDI® Clean Diesel and the 200 horsepower 2.0 liter TSI® turbocharged gasoline engine. Transmission choices will include a 5-speed manual or optional 6-speed automatic on 2.5L models. Volkswagen’s DSG® 6-speed dual-clutch transmission will be offered on the TDI Clean Diesel and 2.0L TSI turbocharged gasoline models, while a 6-speed manual will come standard.

The transparent, panoramic tilt/slide glass sunroof is 80 percent larger than on the previous model. The insulating glass blocks 99 percent of UV radiation and 92 percent of heat energy. All scheduled maintenance is covered for the length of the New Vehicle Warranty – three years or 36,000 miles, whichever occurs first.