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Beetle concept charms China

25 April 2012, 14:42

The headline act at Volkswagen’s Auto China stand is the two-seater Beetle concept called the E-Bugster.

The latest concept follows on from the E-Bugster shown in January at the 2012 Detroit auto show but adds a folding canvas roof. As with the earlier concept, this E-Bugster is also battery-powered.

Its lithium-ion battery pack weighs 80kg but dispatches 85kW and allows for a claimed range of at least 180km around a city.


The battery pack has a quick-charge function that allows the batteries to be “refuelled” within 35 minutes at special charging stations.

Also on show at the Beijing show are a new Lavida (an A-segment sedan only sold in China), the diesel Cross Coupé, a Phaeton concept finished in exclusive Poltrona Frau (an Italian design centre) leather and a new 184kW/310Nm three-litre V6 for the CC (also not for South Africa).

The Auto China show is on in Beijing from April 23 to May 2, 2012.

- Wheels24

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