2003 Volkswagen New Beetle

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(from Volkswagen Press Release, March 2003)  Model-year 2003 New Beetles are distinguished by turn signals integrated into the exterior mirrors. But this is more than a design measure: The large side turn signals are much easier to see and thus optimise passive safety. New Beetles of 2003 also draw attention to themselves with new exterior colours. Campanella white, sunflower, royal navy metallic, Alaska green metallic and speed blue metallic are contemporary, fresh colours, many of which are also offered on the New Beetle Cabriolet debuting this spring.

Another new feature is the optional 16-inch light-alloy Route 66 rims, which come with 205/55 R 16 tyres. Also available as optional extras are Xenon headlights including automatic beam-width control and headlight cleaning system. In addition, all New Beetle versions will boast the black/silver VW emblems.

The interior of the 2003 models offer new fabrics ("Mini” design in black, flannel grey, cream, red uni, sunflower and ravenna blue), new cupholders, and a convenient centre armrest, which is being used for the first time in the New Beetle. The centre console is loaded: On the one hand, it can be used as an adjustable armrest, but under the padding is an additional storage compartment that can hold the optional 6-CD changer.

In addition, a newly developed mobile-phone bay optimises communication with the world outside of the New Beetle. The mobile-phone holder is attached in a spot that is easy to see and reach: next to the passenger handle familiar since the days of the classic Beetle. The location of the hands-free system in the interior mirror provides for optimum acoustics.