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2005 Volkswagen Beetle Compact Coupe and Convertible
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2005 Volkswagen Beetle Compact Coupe and Convertible
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After its introduction in 1998, a time when Volkswagen could hardly make enough Beetles to meet intense demand, VW has steadily churned out new features to keep public interest after the novelty wore off. In 2000, it was the 1.8T model, followed by the Turbo S in 2002 and the convertible in 2003.
For 2005, the biggest news is a new, high-tech diesel engine designed to get good gas mileage, accelerate quickly and be quieter than other diesels.
With a cumbersome name even for a German car, the $20,010 New Beetle GLS TDI-PD coupe comes with a 100-horsepower, four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine that is rated at 46 miles per gallon on the highway. Those are all figures Volkswagen should be proud of, especially at a time of uncertainty in the oil market and the probability of higher prices at the pump.
VW didn't deliver a diesel model for me to test, so I can't vouch for it.
Instead, I got to drive a version that I like even more -- the 1.8T convertible -- which suited me just fine. It's a fun car to drive, generating 150 horsepower from a turbocharged engine that still gets decent mileage.
It's quiet with the top up, handles well, accelerates fast enough to get you in trouble, and has a solid, high quality interior that's matched by very few cars at its price. Volkswagen and Audi -- VW's parent company -- are known for making the most well-built interiors in the industry, and while the Beetle doesn't quite match some of VW's recently redesigned cars it certainly beats other vehicles in its price range.
Assuming you're fond of its rather feminine styling, there are few reasons to dislike this car. Its back seat is a tad small and there's very little trunk space, ...
2007 New Beetle Cabriolet Convertible and Coupe
By Derek Price2007 Triple White New Beetle Convertible ($25,990).
Price as tested (including $640 destination charge): $26,630.
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Amid the yummy public-record candy, like celebrities' mug shots and court records, you'll find backstage riders. These documents help concert organizers prepare the dressing rooms for picky performers, ensuring that Bruce Springsteen gets his soy milk and green tea, Elton John's room will remain a nippy 60 degrees in the summer, and 50 Cent gets exactly 24 pieces of shrimp on ice.
You'll also see how Jennifer Lopez likes her dressing room decorated. She requires a white room with white flowers, white tablecloths, white drapes, white candles and white couches.
And, if J-Lo knew about this car, she'd probably demand it backstage, too.
It's the Volkswagen New Beetle triple-white convertible. It has white paint, white leather seats and a white cover for the convertible top, making it a rolling advertisement for Clorox.
Once you're in the driver's seat, though, this VW doesn't seem quite so monochromatic. It has black carpet, a black interior and a black cloth top, making it more zebra than polar bear.
The unusual color scheme actually pays homage to its unusual ancestor, the original Super Beetle convertible of the late 1970s. While the New Beetle isn't as quirky as the old one, it still has some strange features.
Take the engine. It has five cylinders, which isn't too bad except for the fact that Volkswagen makes a perfectly good turbocharged four-banger. A five-cylinder engine seems like more of a gimmick than a necessity.
Come to think of it, so does the whole car.
Today's Beetle is, at least to some extent, a victim of its own success. It's become such an iconic design, one that sold so well initially, that today it's hard to generate any interest whatsoever.
When it was introduced eight years ago, it made everyone who saw it say "wow!" Today, it's essentially the same car with the same oh-my-gosh-it's-so-cute styling, but that's not enough to get attention anymore. That look is almost a decade old.
So, Volkswagen is resorting to gimmicks to make people notice the slug bug again.
And it appears to be working.
The triple-white convertible turned lots of heads driving around town. Women loved it. Guys noticed, too, but probably because they were thinking, "I can't believe...
Volkswagen New Beetle
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2008 Volkswagen New Beetle compact coupe
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The 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle compact car is among the hippest and most unique designs on the market. The VW Beetle comes in coupe (MSRP $17,365 - $20,440) and convertible (MSRP $23,125 - $25,625) versions, and two trim levels the S and SE. In reality the only competitor to the New Beetle is the Mini Cooper as both have unique designs. However the competitive set could also include the Chevrolet Cobalt, Chrysler PT Cruiser, Ford Focus, Pontiac Solstice, Saturn Sky and Volvo C30. Both versions are available with front-wheel drive, 150-horsepower, 2.5-liter I5 (inline 5-cylinder) engine, and a choice of either a five-speed manual or six-speed shiftable automatic transmission. Both trim levels can be customized with a variety of accessories.
When the New Beetle was introduced in 1998, it drew heavily from the "retro" design of the discontinued original Beetle designed by Dr. Ferdinand Porsche in 1933 under the direction of Adolf Hitler. One major difference between the old and New Beetle is that the current version has its engine in the front and storage in the back, just like most modern cars - the old versions were the reverse. Similarly, this New Beetle is related to the old one only in appearance even though it carries many of the old Beetle's design elements like: separate wings, vestigial running boards, sloping headlamps and large round tail lights, and a high, rounded roof line providing enough headroom for tall drivers. Beneath the hood, it is very much a modern car. 
Some basic and convenience features included are leather upholstery, height-adjustable driver and passenger seats, power windows and mirrors, remote power door locks, heated mirrors, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, retained accessory power, cruise control, front seat back storage, front console with storage, interior air filtration, front reading lights, dual-illuminating vanity mirrors, front and rear stabilizer bars, variably intermittent wipers, tachometer, rear defogger, torsion beam rear suspension, manual convertible roof (for convertible version), and MacPherson strut front suspension.
Some entertainment features included are AM/FM in-dash with single CD player, Sirius satellite radio, CD controller with CD MP3 Playback stereo, six speakers (ten for the convertible version), mast antenna (for coupe version), element antenna (convertible version), and auxiliary MP3 audio input.
Safety features include ventilated front disc and solid rear disc brakes, electronic brake force distribution, emergency braking assist, turn signal mirrors, stability control, driver and passenger head restraint whiplash protection system, traction control, engine immobilizer, child seat anchors, emergency inter...