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2013 Volkswagen Beetle Overview
The Volkswagen Beetle is now a 75 year-old German tradition. Originally commissioned for production in 1938, the Beetle was intended to be a simple, dependable car for the people (in fact, the term Volkswagen means “people’s car” in German). Since then, the Beetle has become a household name, and with the new 2013 Beetle, Volkswagen is trying to reinvent its image.
The outside of the Beetle is certainly striking – it looks much closer to the original Type 1 than previous models like the New Beetle. The fenders are flared, the headlights are round, and the roof is arched in a clean line to the back of the car. The 2013 Beetle also gets halogen-halo style headlights, heated side-mirrors, and daytime running lights as standard. There is a long list of exterior options, including a convertible body style, funky and huge alloy wheels, retro-style side decals, and rear-deck spoilers on Turbo models. For 2013, the Beetle adds a convertible trim for top-down motoring.
The interior of the new 2013 Beetle shines with a multi-function steering wheel, air conditioning, iPod-connectivity, Bluetooth connectivity, reclining bucket seats, and a convenient rear-hatchback trunk – all standard. Interior options include leather upholstery, color-coordinated dashboard material, satellite navigation, sunroof, and a Fender sound system. Special editions are available, each with its own set of unique (and mostly cosmetic) accessories. These editions include: the Fender Edition, 50’s Edition, 60’s Edition, and 70’s Edition which correspond to the decade referred to in the trim name.
The mechanical traits of the original Type 1 Beetle were very simple and rugged but thankfully, the new 2013 Beetle is much more refined. Two engines are available, and both offer adequate power and fuel efficiency. The base engine, a 170-horsepower, 2.5-liter five-cylinder with 177 pounds-feet of torque, is mated to a six-speed automatic or a five-speed manual transmission and returns 22/31 mpg city/highway. Up next is a 200-horsepower, turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder with 207 pounds-feet of torque that powers the Beetle Turbo, which gets more advanced transmission options (six-speed manual or a six-speed dual-clutch automatic) and returns 21/30 MPG city/highway. Sport suspensions are also available as part of the Turbo upgrade.
The 2013 Beetle has four airbags, antilock disc brakes, and electronic stability control as standard. Also standard is ICRS (Intelligent Crash Response System), a system that unlocks the doors, disables the fuel pump, and activates the hazards in case of a collision.
Once the standard in budget family automotive transport, the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle is now enjoying life as a fuel efficient, comfortable cruiser – now with the top up or down.