Volkswagen.Das Auto.Show is an annual public outreach initiative by Volkswagen Passenger Cars in Malaysia to bring Volkswagen’s exclusive brand experience to dealers, media, consumers and Volkswagen fans with the aim of creating awareness on the philosophy, technology and innovation that go into the German engineered Volkswagen range of vehicles.
The Volkswagen.Das Auto. Show 2012 is currently held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. This year’s show saw on display various segments of Volkswagen vehicles, including some new vehicles yet to be seen on Malaysian roads like the Amarok, Touareg Hybrid, Multivan.
Volkswagen Group Malaysia took the chance to launch the new Beetle in the event. This 21st century Beetle makes debut with a marketing slogan of “The Icon Is Back!”. Although, there are two variants of Beetle displayed for the show, namely the 1.2 TSI and 2.0 TSI. However, only the 1.2 TSI is available for sale. The availability of the 2.0 TSI will be based on the local market demand, hence it will be finalised later. Unfortunately, the front headlamp with daylight LED is only available on the 2.0 TSI model.
The entry-level Beetle comes with a 1.2L TSI power plant. This 1.2-litre turbo-charged engine generates 105PS and 175Nm of torque, between 1,550 and 4,100rpm. This car is equipped with a 7-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG).
This enables the car to sprint from zero to 100km/h in 10.9 seconds and goes all the way to its top speed of 180km/h. Despite excellent acceleration performance, this power automobile still returns remarkable fuel consumption, with 5.9 litres/100km on the combined cycle. Carbon emissions are kept to a minimum of just 137g/km CO2.
The car is 1,808mm wide (84mm wider than the model it replaces), 1,486mm tall (12mm lower) and 4,278mm long (152mm longer). In parallel, the development team has increased the car’s track widths (front: 1,578mm, 63mm wider; rear: 1,544mm, 49mm wider) and wheelbase (2,537mm; + 22mm).
In comparison with the model it replaces, the New Beetle, the new car is significantly bigger and wider. There is additional headroom and legroom while the boot space is bigger.
The 1.2L TSI version will be equipped with “Design Line” package which consists of 16-inch alloy wheels, and matching body coloured dashboard and mirror housings.
After being introduced at the Volkswagen.Das Auto. Show 2012 on 7 September, the 1.2L TSI is now on sale and is available at all Volkswagen authorised dealerships nationwide and is priced from RM139,888.
The car is available in Candy White, Tornado Red, Saturn Yellow, Reflex Silver, Deep Black, Platinum Grey and Graciosa Brown.