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In addition to the turbocharged performance features, the four-cylinder
engine offers an EPA fuel economy rating of 30 mpg on the highway when outfitted
with the automatic transmission. This sporty model has a starting MSRP of
Standard features include Bluetooth technology, iPod
connectivity, three-color ambient lighting, larger brakes with red calipers, a "kaeferfach"
additional glovebox that is similar to that of the original Beetle, sport cloth
seating surfaces, 18-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, foglights, and alloy
pedals. It also includes an RCD 310 sound system with eight speakers.
The Vehicle Pre-Order (VPO) program is designed to allow consumers to be the first
in line to reserve one of a limited quantity of certain Volkswagen cars,
starting with the all-new 21st Century Beetle.
"With the introduction of
Volkswagen's Vehicle Pre-Order program, we are able to offer enthusiastic
drivers an exclusive opportunity to connect with our vehicles," said Jonathan
Browning, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. "Through this
seamless ordering system, customers will be one step closer towards owning and
enjoying a special launch edition of the 2012 Beetle."
Through the 2012
Beetle VPO program, customers pay a $495 reservation fee that goes towards the
final purchase of their 2012 Beetle Black Turbo launch edition model, with the
promise of a "no hassle" refund policy. Volkswagen created the user-friendly
online reservation process utilizing the leading e-commerce platform from
The simple program involves the following steps: consumers access
the pre-order site at www.vw.com/preorder and enter their zip code and review
key program terms; select a dealer for retail delivery; enter and confirm
billing information; and finally, receive a notice that their welcome kit is on
Customers will also be able to purchase the 2.5L model through
dealerships this fall, at a starting MSRP of $18,995. The base 2.5L uses a
170-horsepower in-line five-cylinder engine with a five-speed manual
transmission. It offers fuel economy that is improved by up to 10 percent over
past 2.5L models, with an EPA fuel economy rating of 29 mpg highway and 22 mpg
city for automatic models.
In 2012, a TDI Clean Diesel model will become
available, powered by Volkswagen's highly efficient 2.0-liter turbocharged
four-cylinder diesel engine that produces 140 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of
torque. The TDI is expected to be the most fuel-efficient Beetle ever.
The 2012 Beetle is 3.3 inches wider, 6.0 inches longer, and 0.5 inches lower,
giving the car a more muscular appearance that has a broad appeal. The Beetle
will be available in three trim lines, some of which include the transparent,
panoramic tilt/slide glass sunroof that is 80 percent longer than on the
previous model. There are two optional audio systems: a premium VIII system
featuring a CD changer, interface for SD card, and a touchscreen; and the Fender
Premium Audio System with concert sound quality, designed exclusively for