The original Beetle was first unveiled to the world in 1938 and ever since, over 22 million units have been sold. Here in Malaysia, the Beetle was introduced in the 1950s, quickly becoming a cult favourite and distinct icon for anyone born before the 90’s.
Today, after more than half a century of bringing happiness and creating memories for Malaysians, the Beetle has evolved to suit modern needs but still remains an icon of popular culture among the people with the introduction of the refreshed Beetle equipped with new entertainment, comfort and safety features.
Available in two variants; the Beetle 1.2l TSI Design comes with the ‘RCD 310’ radio system with single CD player, Bluetooth, USB adapter cable and 8 speakers. The Beetle 1.2l TSI Sport on the other hand, is further equipped with the ‘RCD 510’ touch screen radio system with 6 CD changer, USB adapter cable, SD-card slot, Bluetooth and 8 speakers,sport seats with “Vienna”leather upholstery, lumbar support, ‘Climatronic’ air conditioning system with 2-zone temperature control, along with paddle shift and cruise control.
Exterior wise, the Beetle now comes with Bi-Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights (1.2l TSI Sport only); electronically adjustable, foldable and heated exterior mirrors; front fog lights with static cornering lights; and 16-inch ‘Whirl’ alloy wheels with 215/60 R16 tyres.
In terms of safety, new in the Beetle is its anti-theft alarm system with electronic immobiliser which offers maximum protection against vehicle theft. In addition to the anti-theft alarm system, the car also comes standard with 3-point seat belts with seat belt tensioners, safety-optimised front headrests, combined side and thorax airbags (for front passengers), as well as driver and front passenger airbags with front passenger airbag deactivation.
Apart from that, this car is also equipped with anti-lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist (BA), electronic stability control (ESC), electronic vehicle immobilisation device, hill-hold control, park distance control (PDC), and child seat anchorage points (ISOFIX).
Both variants are powered by a 1.2lTSI direct petrol injection turbocharged engine mated to a 7-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG). This turbo-charged motor pumps out 105PS and 175Nm of torque, between 1,550 and 4,100rpm; enabling the car to reach 100km/h in 10.9 seconds and goes all the way to its top speed of 180km/h. Despite excellent acceleration performance, this classic bug still returns remarkable fuel consumption with 5.9 litres/100km (or 16.9km/litre) on the combined cycle.
Available in five colour choices namely Candy White, Tornado Red, Saturn Yellow, Toffee Brown and Deep Black, the Beetle is now open for booking at all Volkswagen dealerships in Peninsular Malaysia from 15 August onwards. The Beetle 1.2l TSI Design is priced at RM131,888* while the 1.2l TSI Sport is priced at RM142,888*.
In-conjunction with the launch of this iconic bug, Volkswagen Beetle fans and car enthusiasts all over Malaysia are invited to “Get Happy with The Beetle” through a plethora of on-ground and social media activities awaiting at all Volkswagen showrooms nationwide from 15th to 17th August. For more info, visit www.volkswagen.com.my
*Nett selling price