September 13, 2002
New Beetle Cabriolet unveiled
Wolfsburg, Germany – Volkswagen AG released photos and preliminary information about the New Beetle Cabriolet today. Scheduled to be unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in January, 2003, the four passenger New Beetle Cabriolet will have automatically deploying roll-over supports, a cloth-lined three-layered top with a heated glass rear window, a pass-through to the trunk, and an optional six-speed automatic transmission.
Base models have a manual top that can be lowered using a one-hand release mechanism. An optional power convertible top opens and closes the top in about 13 seconds.
The Cabriolet’s automatically deploying rollover supports are integrated into the silhouette of the bodystyle and are located behind the rear seat back. A rollover and crash sensor detects when the car is in danger of rolling over and triggers the protection system which consist of two pop-up supports. Together with the windscreen frame, the supports protect the passenger compartment.
The New Beetle Cabriolet also has front and side airbags and energy-absorbing side panels designed especially for the convertible. In Germany the New Beetle Cabriolet is equipped with side airbags, ABS, and ESP as standard.
In Europe, the New Beetle Cabriolet will be available with a choice of four engines – three gasoline engines and one turbo diesel – ranging in horsepower from 75 to 115 bhp. In North America, the Cabriolet will likely be sold with the 115 horsepower 2.0 litre four cylinder gasoline engine. This engine can be combined with a new six-speed Tiptronic transmission.