Thursday, April 3, 2014

Volkswagen Philippines gives us the new Beetle!

How awesome is this? The "bug" is back! It doesn't matter what era you're from, if you're a car enthusiast or not, everyone knows what a Volkswagen Beetle is. It is timeless. A definite icon in the automotive industry.

I was so psyched when the best sister in the world, Rina's Rainbow asked me to tag along with her in this event held at the Mind Museum in The Fort, Taguig. She immediately thought of me when she found out it was a car event. God bless her rainbow-colored heart! 

The moment the new 2014 Beetle came out, the first thing I noticed was it's sportier look. Somehow it looked slimmer while still keeping the iconic round shape. Like a muscle that got toned. Really sexy.

 The new Beetle eyes has those gorgeous led daytime running lights which just grabs your attention. I couldn't stop staring at them. Plus, the headlights are automatically activated. Cool points for that.

It had 17-inch alloy wheels called "Rotor" with 215/55 tires. You will get the 16-inch wheels called "Whirl" with the basic model with 215/60 tires. I like the rims. I'm not sure which one this is. But it's simple 10-spoke "V" design is plain but not too boring. For me it feels old school but with modern kick. Plus, I think it mimics the VW logo, and that makes it even cooler. But who am I kidding, I'd still probably change it with a gold mesh BBS, polished lip.

I know, worst shot ever. My apologies.
The interior has a mix of sport and elegance. Leather and chrome trims perfect the look. The speedometer, tachometer are analog. I personally like that more than digital. No thrill in a digital gauge. And I like how they put this classy panel that covers the dashboard. Really adds a touch of elegance to the interior. I'm not too picky with car interiors as long as it doesn't look and feel cheap. The new Beetle's interior definitely DOES NOT. Sorry girl alert... but it looked like a vintage couture dress.

When my sister and I inspected the trunk space, I was thinking.. "My 15" subwoofer in my Accord trunk would easily fit in there.." and she was thinking, "My baby's stroller would fit in there..." Haha! So good news.. the new Beetle would accommodate the needs of a family person and a car person!

Presenting, the engine. The new Beetle has a 1.2 TSI M/T Basic with a turbocharger and a 1.4 TSI DSG Design with twincharger variants. How freaking awesome is that? Economy and power man. That's what we need now. And I love how you won't expect a turbocharged engine in that bug-shaped body. Check out the specs...

You wanna know how much? Drum roll please... the Beetle 1.2L TSI  costs P1.59 million and the Beetle 1.4L TSI twin-turbo gasoline DSG is P1.79 million.  Yes, it's expensive. You could get a large Japanese SUV with that price. But hey, it's a Volkswagen Beetle. I kinda don't mind paying that amount for an iconic (turbocharged) car if I had the money.

So... I had such a blast at the Beetle launch! More power to Volkswagen. Thank you for giving us another bug to play with!

Here are some other pictures from the event...

If only they allowed test drives. Ha!

"No other car evokes as much nostalgia, tradition, and heritage as the Beetle." - Fernando Zobel de Ayala

"The Beetle has always been special to me. I first learned how to drive with a Beetle and will always have fond memories, as I am sure many Filipinos do." - Mr. JP Orbeta, president of Automobile Central Enterprise, Inc. The official importer and distributor of Volkswagen cars in the country.

Thank you Rina's Rainbow!!


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