VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE SOUTH AFRICA







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: October 16, 2012
Categories: Volkswagen, Volkswagen Beetle

Icon of automotive history The original is backThe first generation Beetle is one of the most successful cars ever with over 21.5 million units sold since it was first introduced in 1938. The first generation Beetle was one of the first Volkswagen cars to be built at the Volkswagen manufacturing plant in 1951. The first generation Beetle was the best-selling car in South Africa for 11 years of its 28 years existence. The 21 st Century Beetle is now making its way to the South African market to re-ignite the passion of the original Beetle.

Volkswagen Beetle

Beetle shaped people’s consciousness

Children painted a Beetle when they painted a car. for its affordability and popularity in South Africa.

New Beetle produced a car cult

Then the New Beetle debuted in the late 1990s. It brought with it Beetle Mania and a new automotive exuberance. The original Beetle wrote history as the car that moved the masses; the New Beetle offered a certain lifestyle, and it sold over one million units worldwide. By the dawn of the new millennium, it had become clear: the classic car, whether a Beetle or New Beetle, and whether it was from the 1950s, 60s, 70s, 80s or 90s, had become a cult car. Furthermore, the various generations of the Beetle reflected what is certainly the most recognisable automotive design in the world, a design that continues to win over the hearts of people of all generations.

Volkswagen Beetle South-Africa

The 21 st Century Beetle as the icon of a new era

Those who want to drive a car that offers dynamic performance provides lots of space and masters everyday tasks and long journeys will in the future think of the 21 st Century Beetle. This should be noted straight away because dynamic performance alone no longer suffices. At 5.9 litres/100km (1.2 TSI 77kW), the new car is the most fuel-efficient Beetle ever.

Design of the original, re-interpreted

Coke bottle, iPhone, Ray Ban Aviator, Leica M9, Beetle how do you reinvent a design that is so recognisable and independent? There is a clear answer to this: you can only do it if you understand the product and the brand. Volkswagen Design Chief Walter de Silva (Group) and Klaus Bischoff (Volk Therefore And that is how the design of the 21 st Century Beetle came to be in Wolfsburg a car of today, as well as a design tribute to the automotive seed of an entire corporate group.  If one were to take the first generation Beetle and the new Beetle, place them together with a shining light over their roofs and viewing them from the side. One would notice that the lines of the rear sections are nearly identical.

Dynamics in the style of the Ragster

A comparison to the second generation Beetle shows that nothing remained as it was on the previous model. by a clean, self-confident and dominant sportiness. The car not only has a lower profile; it is also substantially wider, the front bonnet is longer, the front windscreen is shifted further back and has a much steeper inc Klaus Bischoff.  The roof profile actually runs distinctly lower and can be considered a continuation of the Ragster concept car shown in Detroit in 2005 a type of hot rod based on the New Beetle. The latest generation Beetle is bolder, more dynamic and masculine

Volkswagen Beetle Technical

Entirely new proportions

The figures confirm this: the new one is 1,808 mm wide (84 mm wider vs second generation Beetle), 1,486 mm high (12 mm lower vs second generation Beetle) and 4,278 mm long (152 mm longer vs second generation Beetle). This has resulted in entirely new proportions. The gain in length means that the roof could be extended further, the front windscreen could be shifted back and the rear section could follow the contour of the original Beetle. The new focal point is the C-pillar. (front: 1,578 mm with gain of 63 mm; rear: 1,544 mm with gain 49 mm) and wheelbase (2,537 mm with gain of 22 mm). All of this gives the Beetle a powerful appearance with muscular tension.

New equipment lines

Volkswagen South Africa will launch the 21 st Century Beetle in two new equipment lines, .

Interior shows character

This is especially noticeable on the dashboard. The shape and use of colour in the painted or carbon-look front hark back to the design of the first Beetle, yet the new car does not have a retro look. The panel in the matches the exterior body colour of the car. Customers choosing the

Return of the Beetle box and auxiliary instruments

Similar to the original Beetle, the new car has an extra glovebox, the front facia. The lid opens upward and the standard glovebox that is integrated with it opens downward. Another classic feature is the optional auxiliary instruments above the selected audio/navigation system. The cluster displays oil temperature, clock with chronometer function and boost pressure gauge. Also new is the steering wheel specially designed for the Beetle with painted accents in the spokes that differ depending on the equipment line.

It simply fits

A distinguishing feature of the contemporary Beetle is that its interior ergonomics and packaging are based on completely new parameters. While drivers in the air-cooled Beetle travelled in a very low-slung seat and drivers of the New Beetle could feel as if they were being chauffeured because the bonnet was so far forward. The 21 stCentury Beetle now offers a driving experience that is sportier. Every feature is within easy reach. In addition, Volkswagen has once again succeeded in implementing a quality of interior finish that goes beyond all class limits.

Plenty of space for four adults and luggage

and quality interact to create a new, friendly car with a highly individual nature. In addition, it offers everyday practicality. Its space offers comfort to four adults especially on long journeys. The boot can handle up to 905 litres of luggage. The optional panoramic tilt/slide sunroof allows the sun to permeate and warm the car in winter. For audiophiles, the optional Fender sound system will keep them entertained with high quality sound. The Keyless Access system is available for the first time in the Beetle. It operates without a traditional door or ignition key. 

Fuel efficient and dynamic engines

The new Beetle is offered in two TSI engines, 1.2 with 77kW and 1.4 with 118kW. These fuel efficient and dynamic engines are mated to 6-speed manual transmission. The 118kW is available with an optional 7-speed DSG transmission.   

Key facts summary

Name: The Beetle Equipment lines:  Beetle Power range: 77kW and 118kW  Combined minimum fuel consumption: 5.9 l/100 km (1.2 TSI) Engine specifications: Petrol engines: TSI (petrol direct injection engines. All engines fulfil Euro-5 emissions standard) Debut of original Beetle: 1938 (1951 in South Africa) Debut of New Beetle: 1997 (2000 in South Africa) Total units sold worldwide: 21.5 million Total units produced in South Africa: 288 353 Designers: Walter de Silva (Group), Klaus Bischoff (Brand).  Exterior: Marc Lichte (team leader), Chris Lesmana, Nisan Kucam.  Interior: Tomasz Bachorski (team leader), Ingo Brückmann. Colour and Trim: Oona Scheepers (team leader), Susanne Gerken. Dimensions: 4,278 mm length, 1,808 mm width, 1,486 mm height, 2,537 mm wheelbase, 310 to 905 litres cargo capacity   

EXTERIOR What happens when a company reinterprets a design as in the case of the Beetle? The Coke bottle, iPhone, Ray Ban Aviator, Porsche 911, Leica M9 and the Beetle can you reinvent a design that is so recognisable and independent? The unequivocal answer is yes. But it is necessary to understand the product and the brand, then it works. Volkswagen Design Chief Walter de Silva both the product and the brand. So they set this as the objective for the Beetle, Beetle of the 21 st century is the new original.

Beetle design unique Cult car

Under the leadership of Klaus Bischoff, the design team accepted the challenge of designing a new Beetle. The designers still had to work with an icon, which in terms of its unique form was really only comparable to the Porsche 911 among German automobiles. The designers knew that they wanted to develop the original Beetle profile more than they had with the second generation Beetle. The key priority to get back to the roots of the original Beetle was the dynamic proportions. An interesting aspect was that most of the members of the design team actually owned air-cooled Beetles, which have become a cult car among younger designers at Volkswagen.

Tribute

And that is how the final design of the 21 st Century Beetle came to be in Wolfsburg a car of today as well as a design tribute to the automotive seed of an entire corporate group. If one were to take the first Beetle and the new Beetle and place them in a room together illuminating their roof lines and viewing their silhouettes one would see nearly identical lines in the rear sections. Clearly, the Beetle makes fundamental stylistic references to the original Beetle.  Statement A comparison to the second generation Beetle shows that nothing remained as it was on the old car. is now characterised by a clean, self-confident and dominant sportiness. The car not only has a lower profile; it is also substantially wider, the front bonnet is longer, the front windscreen is shifted further back and has a much more swept-back While the second generation Beetle was defined by three semi-circles, front wing, rear wing and domed roof above it, the 21 st Century Beetle has broken free of this geometry. The roof profile runs distinctly lower and can be considered a continuation of the Ragster concept car shown in Detroit in 2005 a type of hot rod based on the previous Beetle. The new Beetle is bolder, more dynamic and masculine. Dimensions The new car is 1,808 mm wide (gain of 84 mm), 1,486 mm high (12 mm lower) and 4,278 mm long (gain of 152 mm). This has resulted in entirely new proportions. The gain in length meant that the roof could be extended further, the front windscreen could be shifted back and the rear section could follow the contour of the original Beetle. The new focal point is the C-pillar. In parallel, the development team increased dths and wheelbase. All of this gives the Beetle a powerful appearance on the road.

Volkswagen DNA styling for our times Precision

design DNA created by Walter de Silva and Klaus Bischoff. It clearly expresses itself in the horizontal image created by the front bumper, front air inlet, straight lines of the bonnet edges, the precisely drawn line between the A-pillar and C-pillar and styling of the rear lights. The latest Beetle transfers the original design of the icon to the 21 st century, the age of interactivity.

Icons acteristics were preserved. This should come as no surprise. After all, it was vehicles like the Beetle, T1 bus and original Golf that had a decS characteristics remain. These include its flared wings and the clean design of its rear lights, the shape of the bonnet, the side and door sills and its ability to integrate large wheels (up to 18 inch). A new feature is the rear spoiler that is homogeneously integrated in the design (standard with118kW derivatives). Its top surface is always black, while its underside is painted in body colour.

Functionality only Volkswagen model with round headlights Far-sighted

DNA is that the car should not only look good, but it should also offer exceptionally good functionality. The two doors open wide but they are not too long which makes it easy to enter and exit the car even in tight parking spaces. The Beetle is the only Volkswagen model to be equipped with round headlights. Bi-xenon headlights are available as an option. The mercury free xenon gas discharge lamps with a power consumption of 25 Watts per headlight are used for the projection module. When bi-xenon headlights are ordered, daytime running lights are also included, each of which consists of 15 LEDs arranged along the outer border of the headlight housing.

Touring car

In the space where the original Beetle once had its engine, there is now a bootlid which swivels upward together with the rear windscreen. The boot has ample luggage space (310 to 905 litres of cargo capacity). Located to the left and right of the bootlid are the rear lights. As on all Volkswagens, they exhibit an unmistakable night look (c-shaped). And it was the case with previous models, their basic shapes are integrated in the design of the flared rear wings. The lights themselves are fully designed in dark red except for 2 small white areas for the turn indicator and backup lights.

Colours Colourful

10 different hues make everyday life more colourful. There are colours that make the Beetle fun, that make it fun to drive, that make a car that is as unique as a fingerprint. The classic monochrome (base) colours are Candy White, Saturn Yellow, Tornado Red and Denim Blue.  In the range of metallic colours, Volkswagen has created these mixes: Reef Blue, Toffee Brown, Platinum Grey, Reflex Silver. Lastly, pearl effect paints offered are: Deep Black and Oryx White.

Wheels  Standard wheels

equipment line is fitted with standard 16-inch equipment line, the most dynamic Beetle version, drives away on standard 17-inch spokes. This wheel is offered exclusively on the Beetle Sport. alloy wheels with 10 spokes.

Customers can order an 18-want to add sportier styling to their Beetles. 

Safety effective protection All round safety The Beetle is one of the safest cars in terms of both active and passive safety. The ESP electronic stabilisation programme is standard, as is an effective network of front and side airbags that protects in the passenger compartment. The car body much of it laser welded and galvanised exhibits one of the best torsional rigidity values in the segment at 26,000 Nm.  (5 spokes, inside light aluminium, outside matt black) i

INTERIOR

with the Beetle. Its interior design is as unique as it is unmistakable, . That is how Klaus Bischoff, Head of Design for the Volkswagen Brand sums up what most observers will find when they look inside the new Beetle. An interior space that has been created is marked by the love for details. It is perceived as a genuine tribute to the Beetle and that blends high-tech and classic elements into a new interior world. Above all, however, it is an interior that fits perfectly and is unlike anything else currently being offered in the automotive world.

Forms an interior that is the sum of its parts Charisma Its many details make the interior refreshingly unique. There is the swept-back front windscreen that harks back to the world of classic cars.  The car offers a lot of space and comfort for four people and has up to 905 litres of cargo capacity. And there are forms that are never just created for their looks, but always serve a purpose. Take for example the form and colour of the dashboard, which visually connect to the time of the first Beetle, and yet are not retro.  The facia in equipment line is painted in the body-colour. The equipment line get a carbon re co-ordinated with the door trim panels and accents of the new 3-spoke steering wheels designed specifically for the Beetle. The Beetle with the other hand, has black painted door trim panels and steering wheel

Colour schemes as you like it Colour ambiance lighting To the right of the steering wheel, there is not only a small wheel for brightness control of the instrument backlighting, but also (as an option) a second one This wheel is used to control the colours of this innovative ambiance lighting system from Volkswagen. Red, white and blue. The indirect lighting itself is located in the door trim panels, while direct lighting is implemented as a light ring around the door-mounted loudspeakers. Ambiance lighting is offered as a pack in combination with the also optional Fender sound system (see section Optional Features).

Single colour ambiance lighting A version without the light ring around the loudspeakers is offered as together with adjustment of the instrument backlighting.

User controls the Beetle was and still is intuitively driveable It fits  Regardless of the lighting, drivers will be able to find any of the interior details with their eyes closed. This means not only current Volkswagen owners but any drivers. And yet everything has been redesigned or rearranged. In front of the driver, three round instruments (tachometer, speedometer, fuel gauge) supply all of the key information in the central speedometer (in the middle) there is a multifunction display.  The adjustable air vents and instruments in the have chrome bezels. This also applies to the audio/navigation systems framed by two air vents. Beneath this are the climate control panel, also redesigned, a central switch bar for the hazard lights and finally the gear shift grip with the start button for the engine (optional) located to the right of it.

Time travel

Similar to the first generation Beetle, the new car has an extra glovebox integrated in the front facia whose lid opens upward. The standard glovebox that is also integrated opens downward. Another classic feature, is the optional auxiliary instruments above the selected audio/navigation system. The cluster displays oil temperature, clock with chronometer function and boost pressure gauge. The oil temperature gauge shows when the engine is ready to go to the race track where the chronometer can be put to good use. And the boost pressure gauge? It optimises either driving fun or fuel-efficiency inclination and mood.

Ergonomics and quality Handy

A distinguishing feature of the new Beetle is its interior ergonomics and packaging that are based on new  parameters. While drivers in the air-cooled Beetle travelled in a very low-slung seat and drivers of the second generation Beetle felt as if they were chauffeured because the bonnet was so far forward. The latest Beetle now offers a very sporty driving experience. Every feature is within reach. As one hand holds the steering wheel above the cross-spoke, the other hand finds the light switch that is slightly offset from it. Like most sports car, the gear shift lever is always intuitively in the optimal position. Compared to the previous model, the space around the gear shift grip has been enlarged for simplified gear change especially during sporty driving and quick gear shifts.

Transparent

In the roof area are the controls for the optional panoramic tilt/slide sunroof. The round turning knob is used to adjust the opening of the transparent roof in various stages. When the control is pressed, the roof tilts upward.

Consistent

Volkswagen has once again succeeded in implementing a quality of materials that goes beyond all class limits. tyling, ergonomics and quality interact to create a new, friendly car with a highly individual nature.

Space and comfort  Dimensions

In front, the Beetle is now lower in profile since the domed roof of its predecessor has been eliminated. It now offers 1,044 mm interior height (with panoramic tilt/slide sunroof: 1049 mm) instead of the previous 1,082 mm. However, the difference will hardly a In the rear seating area, the longer roof section has resulted in a distinctly better feeling of space than in the previous model (now 942 mm, a 10 mm increase). Legroom has also increased in the rear; it is now 831 mm. The Beetle also shows noticeable growth in interior width (front: 1,459 mm and rear: 1,308 mm).

Seat comfort

The Beetle has a completely redesigned seating system that offers high level of comfort especially on long trips.  Boot space The boot now has a significantly larger capacity at 310 litres instead of 209 litres. When the standard split rear bench seat is folded down, cargo capacity even increases to 905 litres. This makes it easy to load through the wide opening boot lid. Since the Beetle uses a platform that is technically related to the Golf VI (shortened by 50 mm), the track widths and pass-through width also increased in the boot. It is now possible to use a pass-through width of 960 mm. The boot length is 737 mm when the rear bench seatback is up; when it is folded down the length is 1,493 mm. Bag hooks in the walls of the boot help to secure small and large everyday items. 

FEATURES

The Beetle is an automotive statement. Accordingly, it can also be adapted to suit The 21 st Century Beetle is offered with a choice of two turbo charged petrol engines, 1.2 TSI 77kW and 1.4 TSI 118kW. The 1.2 TSI is offered with the Design equipment line whilst the 1.4 TSI is available with Sport equipment line. Each of the equipment lines has a fully independent character.

Standard features of equipment lines more colour in life Functionality and safety The Beetle Design comes standard with a wide range of functional and safety features. The functional features include Hill Hold Assist, electric windows and mirror adjustment, adjustable steering wheel, multifunction display, Radio/CD with 8 speakers. The safety features are ESP electronic stabilisation programme (including ABS, Brake Assist, EDS, ASR), daytime running lights, height adjustable head restraints, front airbags head and side airbags for driver and passenger and ISOFIX anchorages for child seat.

Exterior Outside, Beetle Design come with body-coloured door handles and side guard strips (the latter with chrome decorative strips). The decorative trim under the side windows is made of anodised aluminium. The black air inlet screen in front is fitted with a chrome strip.  The 16-inch Whirl alloy wheels with 215/60 tyres complete the appearance.

Interior,  Inside, the Dash Pad painted in the body colour immediately catches the eye. In front of the front passenger is the Dash Pad. It lies behind a hinged cover that swings upward and is also painted in body colour. It is opened with a silver clasp. Also painted in body colour, is the upper door trim panel. This pays a tribute to the first generation Beetle and adds magic to the interior, giving it a very special flair.  Also standard is the storage pockets on the back of the front seats, the chrome badge of the rotary light switch and chrome borders for controls of the ventilation system air conditioning. Also designed in chrome are the ring trim around the instruments, the decorative rings around the lateral air vents and the radio module together with the air vents integrated there as well as accents for the electric window switches. Beetle Design also includes a 3-spoke steering wheel with decorative accents in body colour, woven floor mats (front and rear), front fog lights with static cornering lights as well as indirect background lighting in the vicinity of the two reading lights between the driver and front passenger.

a matter of dynamics Exterior Beetle Sport builds on the Design equipment line features but offers exclusivity. This starts off with 17-inch Spin alloy wheels and 215/55 tyres. The door mirror housings are painted in black painted similar to the Golf R and Scirocco R.  Other standard features in Beetle Sport include the side guard strips with chrome accents, rear spoiler, chrome strip in the air inlet screen and anodised aluminium trim strips. All of these features add consistent styling usually associated with top level sports car.

Interior, functionality, safety

Inside, the Beetle Sport offers a Dash Pad in carbon look plus the Beetle bin, sport leather seats with lumbar supports seats), a 3-spoke leather-trimmed steering wheel with black painted accents, leather-trimmed parking brake grip and gear shift grip, door sill plates, pedals in aluminium look, chrome surrounds of the controls for the Climatronic air conditioning system and black painted upper door trim panels.

Optional features  In addition to the standard features available with the two equipment lines, the Beetle can be customised by adding a number of optional features. Here is an overview of the most significant features:

Bi-xenon headlights and LED daytime running lights For the first time, Volkswagen is offering the Beetle with bi-xenon headlights. The outer edges of the xenon module are framed by 15 LEDs that make up the daytime running lights and parking lights on each headlight. 

Panoramic roof It is transparent, and it can be tilted or opened. It is 80 per cent larger (glass area) than on the previous model. The thermally insulating glass blocks 99 per cent of UV radiation and 92 per cent of thermal energy. The panoramic roof does not reduce the interior height of the Beetle, because it opens towards the exterior. When the roof is opened,

Radio-CD and radio-navigation systems The RCD 510 with integrated 6-CD changer, SD card interface and touchscreen is the top system among the audio systems. The top radio-navigation system model is the RNS 510. It offers refinements such as a 6.5-inch touchscreen, DVD player, voice control, SD card slot and 30-Gigabyte hard drive. 

Fender sound system  Anyone who knows about the world of rock music is familiar with greats such as Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. The first played Fender guitars, while the latter still does. Now the legendary producer of US musical instruments and amplifiers in a joint venture with Panasonic is exclusively sharing its know-how with the Volkswagen brand. The result is an optional Fender sound system that is being only offered in the Beetle. The Fender sound system consists of two tweeters installed in the interior door mirror triangles and two in the rear side trim. They are equipped with neodymium magnets and woven domes. In the front doors, there are woofer loudspeakers with dual voice coils, which are arranged in the rear side trim. There are also woofers in the rear side trim panels, each with a single voice coil. In addition, a subwoofer with dual voice coil is housed in an boot. The centrepiece of the sound system is a 10-channel amplifier with Class A/B power amplifiers and 400 Watts. 

Keyless Access The Keyless Access locking and engine starting system operates without a door or ignition key. When one of the door handles is touched, the system detects access authorisation from a transmitter carried i jacket, trousers or hand bag. It then unlocks the Beetle and enables an engine start via the engine start button located in front of the gear shift grip. Locking of the Volkswagen is also activated by touching one of the door handles. In this case, however, a specially marked surface on the door is used.

Auxiliary instruments Another classic feature is the optional auxiliary instruments above the selected radio-CD or radio-navigation system. It shows oil temperature, clock with chronometer function and boost pressure gauge. The oil temperature gauge shows when the engine is ready to go onto the race track where the chronometer can be put to good use. The boost pressure gauge optimises either driving fun or fuel-efficiency and mood.

ParkPilot  ParkPilot is offered as part of the technology package which also includes tyre pressure monitor. When the Beetle is ordered with ParkPilot - , the driver can access a visual display on the screen of the radio-CD or radio-navigation system that assists in parking. The display image shows a top view of the Beetle that symbolically depicts potential obstacles in front of and behind the car at their precise locations. In addition, there is an acoustic warning: an intermittent tone increases in frequency as the car approaches the obstacle, eventually becoming a continuous tone. 

Leather upholstery with sport seats (standard in 1.4 TSI 118kW) Particularly elegant is the leather upholstery that is also available in a two-tone version. In this case, the Beetle is equipped with sport seats in front, while other features include storage pockets on the backs of the front seats as well as lumbar supports and seat heating in front.   

ENGINES The 21 st Century Beetle is available with a choice of two TSI petrol engines, 1.2 TSI 77kW and 1.4 TSI 118kW.  Both are turbo charged four-cylinder engines with direct fuel injection. Theyare mated to a 6-speed transmission. The 118kW engine can be ordered with an optional 7-speed DSG transmission.

1.2 TSI with 77kW The technological highlight here is efficiency. The turbocharged four-cylinder engine follows the downsizing philosophy of the globally successful 1.4 TSI, 1.8 TSI and 2.0 TSI engines. This means maximum power with minimum fuel consumption. The smaller TSI engine is characterised by impressive driving performance. For example, the Beetle with 1.2 TSI 77kW engine reaches 100 km/h from a standstill in just 10.9 seconds. If required, it can accelerate to 180 km/h. This impressive performance data is a sharp contrast to its low fuel consumption and emissions values of 5.9 l/100 km and 137 g/km CO 2 The 1.2 TSI produces its peak power at 5,000 rpm. Its maximum torque of 175 Newton metres is available from 1,550 rpm. 

1.4 TSI with 118kW Volkswagen is implementing a turbo- and supercharged four-cylinder engine with a power of 118kW (at 5,800 c power is of interest here: the 1.4-litre engine attains 84.3 kW per litre engine displacement. Its maximum torque of 240 Newton metres is available at a low 1,500 rpm. This engine is exceptionally economical with combined fuel consumption of 6.6 l/100 km (equivalent to 153 g/km CO2). When it is ordered with the 7-speed DSG, fuel consumption drops to 6.2 l/100 km (143 g/km CO2). Driving performance of the Beetle with 1.4 TSI is also impressive. A sprint from 0-100km/h is attained in just 8.3 seconds. Its top speed is 208 km/h (207 km/h with DSG).

Running gear first-class handling properties New rear suspension in lightweight construction When it comes to the layout of the running gear, Volkswagen has implemented a MacPherson-type strut suspension at the front with helical springs and telescoping dampers. At the rear, a newly developed suspension in lightweight construction properties. Transverse forces are supported by an anti-sway bar here. In the context of repositioning the Beetle, the very lightweight running gear concept represents the optimum. In addition, the running gear also offers excellent driving stability when the car is fully loaded. Fitting into this picture is the very smooth yet precise operation of the electromechanical power steering.

 XDS differential lock   The 1.4 TSI 118kW Beetle comes standard with XDS electronic differential lock. XDS improves handling during teering. It does this by using active brake intervention to prevent wheel spin of the unloaded wheel on the inside of the curve, which in turn improves traction.  

Retail Prices (VAT and Emissions Tax included)

1.2 TSI 77kW Design Manual  R235 400 1.4 TSI 118kW Sport Manual  R296 600 1.4 TSI 118kW Sport DSG   R311 100 The new Beetle comes standard with a 5 year/60 000km Automotion Maintenance Plan, 3 year/120 000km warranty and a 12 year anti-corrosion warranty. Service Intervals are at 15 000km.