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Volkswagen unveils new Beetle Convertible ahead of L.A. debut

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Khatir Soltani
The next-generation Volkswagen Beetle Convertible will officially make its debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, but the automaker today unveiled images that show a sportier, more dynamic interpretation of the iconic design.

Based on the Beetle coupe, the new Volkswagen Beetle Convertible relies on a traditional soft top (rather than a folding hard top) that takes a little over 10 seconds to drop down or move back in place at the touch of a button.

Two rollover bars are concealed behind the back of the rear bench seat, activated by the computer that deploys the airbags in the case of a crash.

Inside, designers of the new Volkswagen Beetle Convertible retained the most popular elements such as the body-coloured dashboard and the stylish gauges and trim.

Pricing for the U.S. will be announced closer to launch, which occurs in the last quarter of 2012.

2013 Volkswagen Beetle convertible side view
Photo: Volkswagen

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Khatir Soltani
Khatir Soltani
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