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Volkswagen Canada unveils the Beetle convertible

Ben Mirecki

When Volkswagen redesigned The Beetle for the 2012 model year, the car took on a leaner, more aggressive personality, according to the vehicle maker.

At the Los Angeles Auto Show, the time has now come for the Beetle Convertible to undergo a similar transformation.

The 2013 Beetle Convertible shares the same new look and platform of the coupe and now incorporates a slick, fully-automated soft-top mechanism that opens up the Beetle to the outside world in just over ten seconds, said Volkswagen

As in the sedan, the convertible's dashboard features body-coloured inserts, and the colour matching continues throughout the interior. Ample space for four is augmented by a large trunk, which makes the Beetle Convertible an excellent vehicle for day-to-day use and weekend getaways alike, according to the vehicle maker.

Power and control have not been overlooked in the redesign. The engine is Volkswagen's unique five-cylinder, which delivers 170 horsepower and excellent fuel efficiency. It is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic manual override. Featuring a fully-independent suspension and four-wheel disc brakes, the car has been designed and tested with the Autobahn in mind.

The convertible includes all of the most modern safety systems including Volkswagen's Intelligent Crash Response System, which unlocks the doors, turns on the hazard lights and shuts down the fuel system in certain types of collisions. Rollover protection is supplemented by reinforced A-pillars and two concealed roll-over bars which are computer-controlled, and activate in milliseconds.

Despite the addition of standard features like Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity, a rear spoiler, a 50/50 split rear seat, and more, the 2013 Beetle Convertible will be priced from $28,775, which is $1,800 less than the last Beetle Convertible. The best news of all is that it will arrive at Canadian Dealerships in time for spring.

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