Volkswagen of America, Inc announced today that 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, taxes /state fees. These cost factors were incorporated with Vincentric’s Fleet Price, estimating the purchase cost for each automobile in the study.
“We are truly honored to receive such recognition for the New Beetle from Vincentric,” says Patrick Mcfall, general manager certified pre-owned and corporate sales at Volkswagen of America, Inc. “It’s particularly satisfying to be recognized for the New Beetle, which pays tribute to our historical roots and inherent value.”
The 2007 New Beetle features many of the most popular 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.
The 2007 New Beetle offers Volkswagen’s 2.5-liter, five-cylinder engine delivering 150 horsepower at 5,000 revolutions per minute, and 170 lbs.-ft. of torque at 3,750 rpm.
The New Beetle achieves an EPA-estimated fuel efficiency of 32 miles per gallon 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.