New Volkswagen Models for 2013

The definitive 2013 research guide to the new cars by Volkswagen.

New Volkswagen Models for 2013

Beetle Convertible

A new ragtop Beetle goes on sale in early 2013, available with a 2.5-liter 5-cylinder, a 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder or, get this, a turbo-diesel 2.0-liter inline-4. That makes it the only diesel convertible available in the U.S. Expect the fast-acting convertible top, in typical VW tradition, to be of excellent quality, well insulated and fitted with a glass rear window.

Beetle TDI Coupe

Recently, a Beetle TDI went on sale, starting at $23,295 and boasting an EPA highway fuel economy rating estimated at 39 mpg. Its 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbodiesel puts out 140 bhp and a stout 236 lb.-ft. of torque.

2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI
2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI

CC

Technically, the 2013 version of VW's 4-door "coupe" went on sale last March, but a new R-line trim package returns at the end of 2012. Based on the Sport model, the CC R-line has a more aggressive bumper, a larger lower air intake, projector foglamps, side skirts, shaded taillamps, unique 18-in. wheels and paddle shifters for the dual-clutch gearbox.

2012 Volkswagen CC
2012 Volkswagen CC

Jetta Hybrid

This Jetta, arriving late in the year, gets 45 mpg in EPA combined fuel economy. While that's a bit shy of the Toyota Prius' 50 mpg, this is the most efficient Jetta available, and only the second hybrid ever produced by the company. A turbo 1.4-liter gasoline engine with 150 bhp is aided by a 20-kW (27 hp) electric motor, with power sent to the front wheels by a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox. The Jetta Hybrid can run on full electric power at low speeds (up to 37 mph) for about a mile. The lithium-ion batteries are in the trunk area.

2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid
2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid

Future

VW's big push to sell more vehicles in North America is working, even without the fuel-efficient Polo and Up! models. We're hoping VW will stop selling the Chrysler-based Routan minivan and instead build a production version of the Bulli, the small microbus-like vehicle shown at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show.

2012 Volkswagen Up!
2012 Volkswagen Up!

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