September 16, 2012

New entry-level models broaden Volkswagen Beetle's appeal

Volkswagen has added two more engine derivatives to the Beetle line-up, thus completing the range and not only lowering the entry-level price by over £1,400, but also reducing the entry-level carbon dioxide emissions value. This means the eye-catching hatch
has additional appeal for not only style-conscious buyers, but also those looking for a high value and environmentally-friendly vehicle.
Available to order from Volkswagen Retailers and ready for delivery to customers in January 2013 are the 1.2-litre TSI 105 ps with a six-speed manual gearbox (joining the DSG version of the same powerplant) and the 1.6-litre TDI 105 ps with BlueMotion Technology which is offered with either a five-speed manual or seven-speed DSG transmission. Both entry level models are available in entry-level 'Beetle' or 'Design' trim. 

The entry-level 1.2-litre TSI with manual gearbox is priced at £15,195 (RRP OTR), which is £1,405 less than the current starting point for the range (for the same 1.2-litre engine but with a DSG gearbox). 

Likewise, entry-level carbon dioxide emissions are lowered by 12 per cent to 113 g/km due to the addition of the 1.6-litre TDI engine with BlueMotion Technology modifications. As well as bringing lower CO2 values and a combined mpg value of 65.7, the addition of this smaller engine lowers the threshold for diesel-powered Beetle ownership by over £3,000, with the 1.6-litre TDI costing £17,030 (RRP OTR).


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