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VW To Go Retro With Beetle Convertible Launch

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On: Wed, May 30, 2012 at 5:07PM | By: Chris Weiss

VW To Go Retro With Beetle Convertible Launch

The Beetle may be a timeless design, but it's a car that evokes a certain amount of nostalgia for decades gone by. Stare at it long enough and you may find yourself transported to Woodstock or the 1970s gas crisis. If new rumors hold truth, Volkswagen will play upon the Beetle's nostalgia when it launches the new Beetle convertible. Instead of just launching the production convertible, it will launch at least three special edition models.

According to Car & Driver, the special edition convertibles will play up the Beetle's illustrious 74-year history. Based on some trademark filings, the magazine expects each one to be dedicated to a given decade - 50s, 60s and 70s. Volkswagen filed European trademark applications for the numeric and written designations for those decades, so it looks likely that it will show convertibles styled specific to each decade.

In order to create that sense of period ambiance, each special edition will have period-specific paint jobs, wheels and interior appointments. Here's to hoping they go full on hippie-wagon with the 60s version.

Volkswagen is expected to offer the special edition models for sale in the US and Europe.

We already have a pretty good idea of what the (non-special edition) Beetle convertible will look like thanks to the e-Bugster that Volkswagen showed last month (pictured). That model was part electric concept and part Beetle convertible preview. The e-Bugster was 90 mm lower than the hard-top Beetle and included a removable hardtop, rear spoiler and chrome wrapped cabin. VW developed the 'speedster' as a natural extension of the latest hard-top Beetle, which Volkswagen describes as the "sportiest Beetle ever."

Volkswagen will debut the 2013 Beetle convertible (and hopefully these rumored special editions) at the LA Auto Show later this year.


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