The VW E-Bugster Concept

2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible to debut at 2012 LA Auto Show

Volkswagen Auto Group has confirmed that the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible will debut later this year at the 2012 LA Auto Show – introducing the world to the production version of the new open-aired Beetle.

The German automaker hasn’t offered any sneak peeks of the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible but rumors suggest that it will look a great deal in terms of exterior design like the VW E-Bugster Concept shown in the image on the right. We expect that, unlike the E-Bugster, the 2013 Beetle Convertible will not have the huge wheel flares, the chopped top look or the unique fog lights in the front fascia, instead opting for a front end that should look very similar to the current production Beetle Coupe.

Also, the production Beetle Convertible for 2013 will most likely come with a traditional cloth top rather than the large, one piece molded hard convertible top featured on the E-Bugster. This is a shame as that sleek removable hardtop looked great at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show but a top like that is expensive, heavy and often hard to deal with when the driver wants to remove it. On the other hand, a nice fold-away canvas top cuts weight, cost and effort. We can expect that the 2013 Beetle Convertible will also avoid the curvy reflectors mounted on the lower fascia of the E-Bugster – instead opting for a traditional straight reflector.

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