Volkswagen is previewing the look of its new Beetle cabriolet with an open-top E-Bugster
23 April 2012

Volkswagen is previewing the look of its new Beetle cabriolet with an open-top version of its electric-powered E-Bugster concept at the Beijing motor show.

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The latest E-Bugster retains the earlier concept’s bold look, but it swaps its speedster-style roof structure for a roofless profile that insiders suggest provides clues to the look of the new Beetle cabriolet.

Unlike the previous Beetle cabriolet, whose roof remained exposed even when folded away, the E-Bugster’s structure is stowed beneath a plastic tonneau cover, preserving its retro-inspired lines while providing it with a cleaner overall appearance - something that is set to be reflected on the new model.

The concept’s tonneau cover extends forward behind the front seats, turning it into a two-seater, while the rear edge forms a spoiler that lends the car greater visual length.

The production-ready Beetle cabriolet will be revealed at the Los Angeles motor show in November.

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21 April 2012

Love the wheels on this.

21 April 2012

I had an old beetle as my first car (thanks mum and dad). In keeping with tradition I want my daughter to have an old beetle when she is able to drive. As she is currently 8 years old this should fit the bill perfectly. It's ace.

22 April 2012

This car has never broken even for the company - they are just trying to extend its life in order to cover the outlay. BUT with so many new panels again the bean counters will have got it wrong. It was time to pension it off for 20 years and then reinvent it once again.

22 April 2012

VAG may never have broken even with the 'new' beetle but it is a breath of fresh air compaired to most of the other cars they build. Thankfully their run of the mill cars are a success so they can build cars like the beetle and also the veyron, another VAG that hasn't turned a profit.

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