Clean burnin’ Bug: VW announces 2013 Beetle TDI to start at $23,295

Clean burnin' Bug VW announces 2013 Beetle TDI to start at $23,295

Considering that we were already well and truly impressed by the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle during our recent review of the re-styled (read: manlier) automotive icon, we didn’t think VW could please us much more. But lo and behold that’s not the case as the German automaker has announced that it will add a diesel version of the beefed-up Beetle for the 2013 model year.

The oil-burning 2013 Beetle TDI will start at $23,295 and feature a standard six-speed manual transmission across the car’s three trim levels. For added style and substance, customers can upgrade their TDI with a sunroof — which also upgrades the price to $24,895 — or add sunroof and navigation for roughly $2,000 more. The 2013 Beetle TDI will slot in next to the existing Beetle lineup that includes both a 2.5-liter five-cylinder and a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engines.

If you’re the impatient type then no need to worry because VW has you covered. The 2013 Beetle TDI will hit dealerships this August and feature Volkswagen’s acclaimed 2.0-liter turbocharged, direct injection Clean Diesel engine capable of spitting out 140 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque.

Obviously one of the greatest benefits of diesel engines is their improved mileage rates. The 2013 Beetle TDI continues that trend with Volkswagen estimating fuel economy to sit at 41 mpg on the highway and 32 mpg in the city with a manual transmission. For those keeping track, that’s an 11 mpg increase to highway mileage and 10 mpg increase in the city over the gasoline-powered 2012 Volkswagen Beetle.

Of course if manual transmission isn’t your style VW will offer a six-speed automatic tranny across all trim levels for an additional $1,100. But seeing has how much fun we had with Wolfsburg’s six-speed DSG, we can only imagine the sorts of trouble we can get into with a much more engaging stick shift.

Cars

Mercedes wants to turn your car into a comfortable shopping mall on wheels

Mercedes-Benz designed its MBUX infotainment system with e-commerce in mind. Motorists can upgrade compatible cars via an over-the-air software updating system, but the brand wants to take this technology to the next level.
Product Review

Who needs a Range Rover? BMW’s X7 has better tech and just as much luxury

The 2019 BMW X7 is the German automaker’s long-overdue entry into the full-size luxury SUV segment. Packing three rows of seats and plenty of tech, can the new BMW take on Mercedes-Benz and Land Rover?
Cars

Shift it yourself: How to drive stick in a manual transmission car

Driving a manual transmission car might seem intimidating at first, but it's not as difficult as you might think. Knowing how to operate this type of gearbox will serve you well. Here's everything you need to know to learn how to drive…
Cars

2020 Cadillac CT5 luxury sedan gets turbocharged power, chiseled looks

The 2020 Cadillac CT5 replaces the CTS in the General Motors luxury brand's lineup. Cadillac will unveil the CT5 at the 2019 New York Auto Show in April. Until then, it's keeping most details under wraps.
Product Review

The Nissan Rogue is smart, handsome, and practical. What’s not to love?

Year after year, Nissan’s Rogue compact crossover is a consistent best-seller, outpacing Honda’s CR-V, and even Toyota’s mighty RAV4. We looked for the reasons why people love the 2019 Nissan Rogue, and found them.
Cars

Nvidia’s new simulator brings virtual learning to autonomous vehicle developers

Nvidia introduced a simulator for testing autonomous vehicle technologies. Drive Constellation is a cloud-based platform technology vendors can use to validate systems efficiently, safely, and much faster than with vehicles on real roads.
Cars

Tesla wirelessly gives the Model 3 a 5-percent increase in power

Tesla again showed the potential of its innovative over-the-air software updating system by making the Model 3 five percent more powerful via a firmware update. The Performance model gained 23 horsepower.
Cars

Fiat wants to transform the cheeky 500 city car into an urban Tesla

Fiat is finally preparing a new 500. Scheduled to make its debut in early 2020, the retro-chic city car will go electric in part to comply with looming emissions regulations.
Cars

Say goodbye to Uber for good: Here's how to cut ties with the ridesharing service

If you thought that deleting the Uber app would also delete your account, think again. You'll have to deactivate your account, then wait 30 days in order to do so. Here, we outlined how to delete your Uber account once and for all.
Cars

FWD vs. RWD vs. AWD: How the wheels that turn change the way you drive

Let's face it, you've likely heard front-, rear-, and all-wheel drive mentioned before in some context or another. But what do these terms mean, especially in terms of performance? We’ve got the answers.
Cars

Waymo boosts robo-taxi plans with new service center in Arizona

Waymo has announced plans for a facility in Phoenix, Arizona, that will help to service, maintain, and grow its fleet of autonomous Waymo One cars. The vehicles operate as part of the company's robo-taxi ridesharing service.
Cars

Vivint’s Car Guard keeps tabs on your vehicle when you’re not in it

A simple plug-in that you can place in just about any vehicle, Vivint's new Car Guard will automatically detect if your car is bumped, towed, or stolen and will alert you about it.
Cars

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC coupe gets a tech upgrade, keeps quirky styling

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC coupe debuts at the 2019 New York Auto Show with an upgraded infotainment system that incorporates Mercedes' digital assistant. The SUV launches later this year with turbocharged four-cylinder power.
Cars

This modified Land Rover Discovery is heading to Africa to help fight malaria

A Land Rover Discovery will be used by the Mobile Malaria Project for a 3,900-mile trek across Africa to study malaria. The SUV is equipped with a mobile gene-sequencing laboratory, as well as everything necessary for serious off-roading.