2013 Volkswagen Beetle Diesel Starts at $24,065
By Jake Lingeman
The diesel-powered 2013 Volkswagen Beetle will carry a sticker price of $24,065 including $770 in destination charges when it arrives in dealerships in August. It will be the first diesel Bug to hit the United States since 2006.
The 2.0-liter turbocharged oil burner will join the naturally aspirated 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine and the 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine in the lineup. Like the Golf TDI hatchback, the Beetle will have an output of 140 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. VW says fuel economy will come in at 32 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway.
All three trims will come with VW's standard six-speed manual transmission with the option of the dual-clutch automatic. The base Beetles include power windows, Bluetooth, steering-wheel-mounted controls, keyless entry and a media-device interface.
Too much of a price premium over a base gasoline engined version.
Get the diesels to within about $1,500 of the gas engine, and I think sales would really take off.
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