AUBURN HILLS, MI
– The 2007 New Beetle was awarded “Best Fleet Value in America” by Vincentric, a privately held automotive analysis and data compilation firm. The New Beetle was honored in the passenger car, subcompact, over $17,000 category. The annual award acknowledges automakers for producing vehicles having the lowest fleet lifecycle costs in different ownership/mileage scenarios.Vincentric analyzes fleet lifecycle costs to identify the best value in the automotive industry, measuring eight cost factors in more than 2,000 vehicle configurations to determine the winning 2007 models. The cost factors measured during the study were fuel, financing, depreciation, insurance, maintenance, repairs, opportunity cost, and taxes/state fees. These cost factors were incorporated with Vincentric’s Fleet Price, estimating the purchase cost for each automobile in the study. The 2007 New Beetle features many comfort and convenience features as standard, including a height-adjustable and telescoping three-spoke padded steering wheel, fully reclining height- adjustable front seats, and a 10-speaker premium in-dash CD/MP3/satellite-ready stereo. It features a 2.5L, five-cylinder engine delivering 150 horsepower at 5,000 rpm, and 170 lbs.-ft. of torque at 3,750 rpm.The New Beetle achieves an EPA-estimated fuel efficiency of 32 mpg on highway driving and 23 mpg in city driving and is available with a choice of a five-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic Tiptronic transmission.The 2007 New Beetle is available at Volkswagen dealers with a starting price of $17,180.