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Going retro with the new Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet

The first pictures of the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet have been revealed, with the car providing plenty of hints towards the 1940s original.
Deemed a soft-top version of the Volkswagen Beetle hatchback, the German car manufacturer has also opted to provide the new Cabriolet with the same steep windscreen and flat roofline designs that the original Cabriolet was well-loved for.
It is not all about looking at the past for style inspiration though, as the vehicle's front bumper and flat bottom bonnet are more akin to modern Volkswagens.
The German car maker has also been keen to make simplicity a major selling point of the 2012 Beetle Cabriolet, which is highlighted by its removable roof design.
When drivers want to slick back the roof and enjoy a cruise under the sun, they do not need to worry about complicated covers. Instead, it simply drops down behind the passenger seats in the space of ten seconds, leaving behind the exposed roof bars.
Furthermore, a distinctive wing section and pillarless roof-down design gives the 2012 Beetle Cabriolet a cool look that is sure to turn heads as it cruises along the road.
There is plenty to love about the interior of the 2012 Beetle Cabriolet too. For starters, the car's boot is designed with 225 litres of space, which is significantly more than the Beetle hatchback.
Drivers are also sure to find themselves playing about with the vehicle's nifty dashboard system, while the chrome details provide the car's interior with a stylish and eye-catching finish.
Upon its release onto UK roads in spring 2013, drivers will have the opportunity to choose between seven engine varieties of the 2012 Beetle Cabriolet. These range from a 1.2-litre TSI petrol engine model to a heartier 2.0-litre TDI diesel design.
More will be seen of this retro Beetle on November 28th, when it is given its world premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show.


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