Sunday October 23rd, 2011 20:38 Volkswagen Beetle Set for Spring 2012 Release

Next spring will see the latest version of the iconic Volkswagen Beetle hit the roads of the United Kingdom. The famous German car manufacturer has now opened orders on the new Beetle, and it will cost consumers upwards of £16,490.

In recent years, the Beetle has been regarded by many as nothing more than a fashion accessory to those who know nothing about cars. However, with a press release titled “Less Flower, More Power”, it seems that Volkswagen is looking for the car to be taken more seriously.

At the Beetle’s launch, Volkswagen is offering buyers the option of two different engines – a 1.4-litre TSI engine with a six-speed manual or a 1.2-litre TSI engine with a seven-speed DSG gearbox.

There will be three levels of trim available for the Beetle, and these are the entry-level Beetle trim, the Design trim and the Sport trim. Entry-level Beetles are fitted with air-conditioning, CD player, DAB radio and a central locking system.

Those who opt for the Design trim will also benefit from 17-inch alloys, Bluetooth and iPod connectivity, Fogs, a DAB radio, as well as body-coloured dashboard trim.

Costing £21,220, the most expensive range-topping Sport model will include 18-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, parking sensors and fancy sports seats.

That won’t be the end of things for the latest version of the Beetle though, as later in 2012 Volkswagen will be adding three new choices of engines for the car. These will be a 1.6-litre TDI Bluemotion Technology model, a 2.0-litre TDI and a 2.0-litre TSI unit. The 2.0-litre TSI unit will have an impressive 197bhp.

The Volkswagen Beetle is available to order now, with deliveries taking place in the spring of 2012.

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Friday January 14th, 2011 12:30 The New VW Taxi Concept Car

Volkswagen Taxi Concept Car

There is a new VW taxi car coming to the family of up! concept cars. This VW concept car is based on London taxis and will go into production in the summer of 2011. The car is a noble idea, and is paving the way for compact, efficient models in the taxi business.

This three-seater is built to work in small spaces where traffic is a problem. The car is only 3.73 meters in length, 1.66m in width and 1.6m tall, yet can still fit the driver and two passengers comfortably. You can place luggage in the front where the passenger seat would normally go. It is also electric to be easier on the environment, which is just what taxis need! The 113bhp motor is powered by lithium-ion batteries and can go about 186 miles between charges. The VW taxi car is also pretty speedy, topping out at 74mph.

The VW concept car also has a fun look and feel to it that makes you want to hop in and go for a ride. It is the basic black and has the typical taxi sign on the roof, but has some interesting extras. On the roof are a monochrome Union Jack painted, and a London coat of arms on the doors. When you sit inside you are surrounded by a hi-tech design. The driver’s touch screen computer displays navigation and fare, and the backseat has a display that shows their route and weather conditions.

The VW taxi car is a fun, inventive concept that helps the environment and saves space. Hopefully more taxis take notice and follow their lead. It will be exciting to see the final production car on the market.

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