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VW Beetle Convertible R-Line and Limited-Edition GTI Models Unveiled

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VW has announced that it will offer two limited-edition models for the GTI for the 2013 model year and the release of the 2014 Beetle Convertible R-Line.

The GTI Wolfsburg Edition and GTI Driver's Edition will be offered in limited quantities for the final model year of the sixth-generation GTI. The first to go on sale is the GTI Wolfsburg Edition, which will be in dealerships during the first quarter of 2013. The Wolfsburg Edition adds 18-inch "Laguna" wheels, a retro-themed golf ball shifter knob, and red-stitched carpeted floormats. The Wolfsburg Edition will start at $25,095 for a six-speed manual transmission version or $26,195 when equipped with a six-speed DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission. There will be a total of 2000 Wolfsburg Edition models.

Arriving early in the second quarter of 2013 is the GTI Driver's Edition. This takes the GTI Sunroof and Navigation package and adds the 18-inch aluminum-alloy Laguna wheels, a golf ball shifter knob, red-stitched carpeted floormats, and partial leather seat coverings. Only 3000 units will be sold in the U.S., priced from $29,695 with the manual transmission and from $30,795 for the version with the six-speed DSG gearbox. The limited-edition GTI models are available in four-door version only and are offered in three colors--Candy White, Carbon Steel Gray, and Deep Black.

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The 2014 Beetle Convertible R-Line joins the CC R-Line, Beetle R-Line coupe, Tiguan R-Line and Touareg R-Line models. The Beetle Convertible R-Line features unique 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels on lower-profile all-season tires, a sport-tuned suspension, an R-Line badge on the front grille and Bi-Xenon headlights with LED DRLs. Inside, the Beetle Convertible R-Line features "metallic-finish" dash and door trim; a sporty flat-bottom R-Line multi-function leather steering wheel; stainless-steel R-Line scuff plates; aluminum sport pedals; and leather sport seating surfaces. Other interior appointments include the RNS 315 navigation system; Keyless access with push-button start; and the Fender Premium Audio System. Beetle Convertible R-Line pricing will be announced closer to launch later this year.

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