DETROIT--If you're a Bug fan, chances are you might dig an electric version.
The storied Beetle, which recently had an update for thesince its launch in 1949, gets a drive unit with a 114-horsepower (85 kW) electric motor and 110 miles of range with its lithium-ion battery.
It does 0-60 mph in a laid-back 10.9 seconds.
The Bugster has a low-slung roof like the 2005 Ragster concept and fat, flared fenders. The 176-pound battery is recharged via a plug beneath the hood logo.
Inside, an energy consumption gauge fluctuates with acceleration; there's also a driving range indicator, and a display for battery regeneration intensity.
The Jetta Hybrid, meanwhile, is being touted as the world's first hybrid that uses a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission. It drives electric up to 44 mph and can do 0-60 mph in under 9.0 seconds, according to Volkswagen.
It has a combined fuel economy figure of 45 mpg, making it Volkswagen's most fuel-efficient Jetta.
The 220-volt, 1.1 kWh battery will only power the car for 1.2 miles in pure electric mode. The 1.4-liter, four-cylinder gas engine puts out 150 horsepower and works with the 27-horsepower electric motor.
Volkswagen says the Jetta Hybrid weighs less than 3310 pounds thanks to its 163-pound, seven-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission.
The Jetta will launch in North America at the end of 2012 and will be priced to compete with other compact hybrids, according to VW.
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