Volkswagen officials hope that a high–performance Golf hybrid concept with more horsepower than a Ford Focus RS and two special-edition Beetles coming next year will quiet some of the chatter over its emissions scandal this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
VW is showcasing an updated version of the Beetle Dune, which takes styling cues from the off-road Baja Bugs popular in the 1960s and 1970s in California.
VW has dangled Beetle Dune concepts before but promises the latest version will be built starting next year in coupe and convertible models.
The 2016 Beetle Dune gets new and tougher looking front and rear fascias and black wheel arch extensions. The Dune, powered by a 180-hp 1.8-liter gasoline turbo four-cylinder, also get a few chassis changes. The track -- the width between the wheels -- is 0.6 inches wider and the ride height has been increased 0.4 of an inch over the standard Beetle.