Volkswagen Beetle Fender Edition Production Vehicle Debuts at Leipzig, Germany, Auto Show
Fender and Volkswagen unveiled their production-model Beetle Fender Edition vehicle at the 2012 Auto Mobil International automotive trade fair in Leipzig, Germany, on June 1.
For the Beetle Fender Edition, Volkswagen’s renowned coupe is fitted with the award winning, high-performance Fender Premium Audio System. Further, the car prominently displays key Fender attributes, with features including a distinctive “sunburst” dashboard that evokes the quintessential Fender instrument finish, leather details and floor mats with color-contrasting seam work that complement the dashboard design, and chrome Fender logo side-panel badges.
The vehicle was first seen as a concept car at the Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung (IAA) motor show in Frankfurt, Germany, in September 2011. Based on the overwhelming response to the concept vehicle, Fender and VW partnered to create a unique vehicle that exudes passion, attitude and creativity. On sale in Europe this summer, the Beetle Fender Edition will be available in the United States this fall.
All Beetle Fender Edition cars are painted in Deep Black Metallic, with other standout features including brushed chrome exterior mirrors, 18-inch “disc” aluminum-alloy wheels, bi-xenon headlights and, on models equipped with a 200-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder TSI® engine, special fabric seat inserts.
The Fender Premium Audio System debuted in the Jetta GLI, Passat and Beetle vehicles in the United States, and it is available in the Beetle globally. It includes nine speakers along with a 10-channel amplifier providing 400 watts of system power. Using proprietary Panasonic© speaker technology, the system cuts through noise and other distractions with front dual-voice coil speakers to create a soundstage closely akin to a true live performance. The concert-quality audio won CNET.com’s “Best-sounding car stereo” award.
For decades, automotive enthusiasts have driven the world’s roads accompanied by the varied sounds of the music they love. It is exactly this natural combination of motoring and music that fuels the distinctive partnership between Fender and Volkswagen and has led to the remarkable Beetle Fender Edition vehicle.