[courtesy of: VWVORTEX.COM]
Almost 565,000 Beetle Convertibles have been built over the last 40 years – 234,000 of those were New Beetle Convertibles alone. Few automotive icons are as recognizable as the Beetle Convertible and this newest version is no exception. It still draws people to it wherever it goes with lots of people taking cell phone pics of their friends next to it and people approaching us with their Beetle stories. We spent the day driving the new Beetle Convertible around the Los Angeles and Malibu area and came away impressed.
Typically when you remove the roof from an automobile, you end up compromising the main structure of the car. This forces engineers to come up with creative solutions to try and bring the rigidity back into the chassis. Volkswagen used ultra-high-strength hot-formed steel in two key locations – the thicker A-pillars on either side of the windshield and in the B-pillars just to the rear of each door. Combined with other key high-strength steel cross members, cross plates and heel plates, this new Beetle Convertible is more than 20% stiffer than the old New Beetle Convertible. One of the first things every journalist looks for in a new convertible is how much vibration and flex occurs – usually manifesting itself in cowl shake near the A-pillars and in the steering column. Truthfully, some convertible models are downright terrible in this regard as adding things like hot-formed high-strength steel is both costly and time consuming during production. So this new Beetle Convertible is quite good when it comes to chassis flex (or the lack thereof) with hardly a vibration felt in the A-pillars or through the steering wheel. Is it as stiff as the hardtop coupe? No, but we’ve yet to drive any convertible that pulls that off and this Beetle Convertible ranks up there as one of the best.
You can read the full write-up here at VWVORTEX.COM
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We had our first 2012 Jetta GLI arrived the other day. I figured I would do a quick walk-around and share the excitement. They are now available for test drives and purchase.
We were recently visited by some friends that were traveling from Toronto in their 1972 Volkswagen Bus. Meet the Jacksons and their lovely 72 Bus that they have named “Jacques”.
They ran into some issues while on vacation traveling the coast and left it with us to take care of the repairs. Suprisingly, it only took 2 days (Sunday included), a distributor cap and a few wires later to get them back on the road!
We were extremely excited that we were able to assist in getting them back on the road and we look forward to seeing them on their next trip. If you’re on the Northeastern Seacoast in the next week, you may just see them passing you on the highway or camping near the sea.
Best of luck on your travels!