Volkswagen offers diesel engine in 2013 Beetle

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Volkswagen says it will offer its TDI Clean Diesel engine on the 2013 Beetle.

Also available in the Golf, Jetta, Passat and Touareg, the automaker says this technology offers excellent performance and “astounding” fuel efficiency. Fuel sipping, after all, is the TDI Clean Diesel's claim to fame.

Volkswagen says highway fuel consumption rate for the Beetle’s new engine sits at 4.8L/100 km.

The Beetle TDI will be available with a choice of six-speed manual or six-speed DSG automatic transmissions. The DSG uses twin clutches to automatically control a manual-type transmission. Volkswagen pioneered this technology and continues to increase its availability throughout the product lineup.

Providing the fuel efficiency and performance of a manual, along with the comfort and ease of an automatic, the DSG is a no-compromise choice for the enthusiast and practical driver alike.

The Beetle TDI Clean Diesel retails from $24,175.