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The all-new 2012 VW Beetle is a lot more functional than the 2011. The redesigned car is lower, wider and longer in shape. The redesign of the shape means more legroom and a bigger trunk. The interior design has also been redone to give the car a more modern feel without loosing the Beetle legacy. The dashboard contains a drop-down glove box know as the “Beetle Bin” which is color-keyed to the exterior for character. The electronics that are featured in the VW Beetle include Bluetooth, iPod and navigation systems just like other vehicles in the VW lineup. The 2012 VW Beetle is mostly comprised of different parts of the VW Golf. The Turbo features a suspension that is comparable to the Golf GTI; which has a decent balance between slick handling and a refined ride. The base Beetle has a suspension that is borrowed from the VW Jetta.
The 2012 VW Beetle has the same traditional look that will appeal to the Beetle lovers, but the redesign will help attract new buyers to the Beetle. Matched to high-fashion compacts like the Mini Cooper and the Fiat 500, the Beetle has a practical backseat and trunk.
The 2012 Volkswagen Beetle is a two-door, four passenger hatch back available in three trims; the Beetle (base Beetle), 2.5L Beetle and the Beetle Turbo.
The base Beetle has a 17-inch wheel, heated mirrors, full power accessories, air-conditioning, cruise control, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescope steering wheel, cloth upholstery, a trip computer, an eight-speaker sound system with an auxiliary audio jack and CD player.
The 2.5L Beetle adds a heated windshield along with washer nozzles, heated and height-adjustable front seats, a second glove box, floor mats, Bluetooth and an iPod interface.
There is a Sunroof package that includes a panoramic sunroof, keyless ignition and entry, a multifunctional steering wheel, front center armrest, an upgraded trim computer, satellite radio, a touch screen audio interface and a six-CD changer.
The Sunroof, Sound and Navigation package include the features listed above along with 18-inch wheels, a navigation system integrated into touchscreen interface and a fender audio system with a subwoofer.
The Beetle Turbo includes all the features mentioned in the 2.5L Beetle along with 18-inch wheels, fog lights, a rear spoiler, sport seats, Turbo specific cloth upholstery and alloy pedals.
The sunroof package for the Turbo is the same for the 2.5L adding the fender audio system and shift paddles.
The Turbo Sunroof, Sound and Navigation package adds a navigation system to the Turbo Sunroof package. A sport-tuned suspension is optional on all Turbo models.
The safety features include stability control, antilock disc breaks, front side airbags and side curtain airbags.
Chapman Volkswagen of Tucson’s General Sales Manager Cameron Erhardt says “VW Beetles always sell like hotcakes, we end up taking orders from our customers having to wait for the next shipment because they sell so fast.”
Make sure you stop by Chapman Volkswagen to test drive a Beetle today. Come get one while they are here!
A fair price for a new car is one of the top considerations when picking out a new car especially in these economic times. Its no wonder that the new 2012 Passat is one of the top considered cars in the midsize segment with a starting price of $19,995. The redesigned 2012 Passat combines the driving dynamics and interior quality that Tucson VW fans expect with the roominess, comfort and value that the public demands.
The 2012 Passat is being offered at Chapman Volkswagen Tucson in 3 different levels – S, SE and the SEL. The Passat offers many options including a choice between three types of engines – diesel 2.0-liter four cylinders, diesel 2.5-liter inline-five cylinder gas engine and a gas 3.6-liter V-6 engine.
One of the Passat’s most impressive qualities is its forgiving suspension, which translates into comfortable highway cruising. The Passat has better body control over big dips and rises than the Toyota Camry. This is different from the previous generations firmer ride but it makes sense for this car since it is more about comfort than sportiness.
As with other Volkswagens, the Passat has light-effort steering whether you get the gas engine, which uses hydraulic power steering, or the diesel, which has electric power assist. The steering wheel provides virtually no road feel but good precision makes it easy to steer on winding country roads.
Despite the suspension tuning, the Passat doesn’t turn into a lurching chaos on winding roads. For a big sedan, body roll is well controlled. Wheel sizes range from 16-18 inches and all versions of the Passat are fitted with the same suspension tuning.
The Passat has grown some with its redesign — 4 inches in length, half an inch in width and half an inch in height — but the cabin feels substantially roomier than the outgoing Passat. Legroom and shoulder room have increased. The backseat has nearly as much legroom as a long-wheelbase full-size sedan, which the Passat isn’t. This is the kind of car four tall adults could take on a long road trip and feel comfortable.
The spacious passenger area doesn’t come at the expense of cargo room, as the trunk measures a competitive 15.9 cubic feet. It’s very deep and rectangular, with few intrusions. A 60/40-split folding backseat is standard, and lowering the rear backrests reveals a large opening between the trunk and the cabin.
As required of all vehicles starting with the 2012 model year, the Passat includes an electronic stability system. Also standard are antilock brakes, side-impact airbags and active head restraints for the front seats, and side curtain airbags for both rows.
The Passat may have had a hard time fitting into the mainstream midsize segment in the past, but it’s clear the 2012 edition has a lot that will appeal to Tucson Volkswagen buyers in addition to its competitive price.
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