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2014 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE: Beginning to arrive at dealerships, and on display a the 2014 Chicago Auto Show are the latest editions of the Volkswagen Beetle. These include the limited-edition Beetle GSR model introduced at last year’s Chicago show, and the arrival of a more fuel-efficient 1.8-liter TSI turbocharged four cylinder replacing the base 2.5L engine. Also, note that the Beetle Turbo lineup is now renamed R-line. Continuing in its third-generation the beloved Beetle is on sale in the United States with a variety of models available: the Beetle, sporty R-Line, GSR and the TDI Clean Diesel package. For 2014, the Beetle range receives a number of enhancements, and electro-mechanical power steering replaces the previous hydraulic setup. All Beetle models now have a multilink rear suspension, replacing the torsion beam setup on the base 2.5 and TDI models. The GSR is a modern re-interpretation of the 1970s GSR (“Yellow Black Racer”). The new car has yellow/black stripes with “GSR” lettering above the side skirts and a large rear spoiler to complete the look. The car rides on 19-inch “Tornado” aluminum-alloy wheels shod with 235/40 tires. Additional powerplants include the 2.5L five-cylinder that makes 170hp and the 210 hp 2.0L four-cylinder in the R-Line. Transmission choices include the six-speed manual and the six-speed DSG automatic gearbox with Tiptronic and Sport mode. Even though the "cathedral ceiling" dome roof of the New Beetle has been replaced with a sleek and sporty roofline, the roomy cabin continues to seat four-passengers and the trunk on the 2014 model offers 15.4 cubic feet of space. When rear seats are folded, the capacity increases to 29.9 cubic feet. Desirable features include transparent, panoramic tilt/slide glass sunroof, navigation system with a five-inch touchscreen and push-button start. 

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