I'm Just In A Movie About VW Beetles With Ewan McGregor Is All

Oh, hey. Didn't see you there. Did I mention I was interviewed extensively for Damon Ristau's (the guy who made The Bus Movie) new documentary about the Beetle, The Bug: Life and Times of the People's Car? No? And I didn't mention that Ewan McGregor's in it, too? Really? I should have. Because it looks like it'll be… » 3/26/15 8:08pm Thursday 8:08pm

VW Could Have Made A Hybrid Beetle Over 30 Years Ago

I've always maintained, loudly, and with a lot of dramatic hand motions, that Jalopnik readers are the best readers of anything, anywhere. That goes for bibles and copies of The Utne Reader, too. They're great because they sometimes send me books with amazing information, like how VW had hybrid tech back in 1979. » 3/20/15 3:10pm 3/20/15 3:10pm

This Is What The Next VW Beetle Should Be

A few days ago, our own Patrick George wrote about the rumors that VW is considering dropping the slow-selling Beetle from its lineup. This got me thinking, because I still remember the joy I felt when VW re-introduced the Beetle name back in 1998. But, really, it's just a Golf in a costume. So what should a modern… » 3/12/15 3:40pm 3/12/15 3:40pm

I Have A Big Prize For The Guy Who Found My Beetle

Some of you may recall that a while back, I had my longtime automotive companion '73 Beetle stolen, and then recovered thanks to the amazing work of our readers. I've felt like I had a debt to pay, and I finally am able to. So, SFMikee, want to hear about your prize? » 2/25/15 3:48pm 2/25/15 3:48pm

I Had No Idea VW Invented Automatic Seatbelts

While looking through the cache of vintage car magazines I got from a pantsless man in Arizona, I stumbled upon one very interesting little article. It was about the very first use of automatic seatbelts, way back in 1973. And, surprisingly, this innovation didn't come from Volvo or Saab – the first cars to have it… » 12/02/14 4:30pm 12/02/14 4:30pm

Volkswagen Is Recalling 442,000 Jettas And Beetles For Suspension Issue

Volkswagen of America has issued a massive recall on 2011-2013 Jettas and 2011-2013 Beetles because a rear-trailing arm that may have been previously damaged could fail. This could result in a crash with fiery death. » 11/19/14 9:20am 11/19/14 9:20am

An Incomplete Survey of VWs in Oaxaca, Mexico

Joe MacLeod went to Mexico, where he took some pictures of the local Volkswagen Beetle establishment. MacLeod says that this is an "incomplete survey." How many more does it need to be complete???? (Answer: a lot more. But this is still pretty crazy.) » 11/17/14 4:48pm 11/17/14 4:48pm

​This Electric Beetle Is A Masterpiece With A Price To Match

I've been on a resto-mod kick for the past few months, fantasizing about hopping-up a Volvo 122S, a vintage Mercedes, or maybe a Squareback. The combination of classic style and new tech is just too damn enticing, and on more than one occasion I've thought about going electric. Or I could just buy this. » 10/30/14 10:00pm 10/30/14 10:00pm

These Wallpapers of Red Bull GRC Cars Ripping Through The Forest Are…

Look, we at Red Bull Global Rallycross are huge fans of stage rally, just like you. We're well-versed in the heritage of the sport (especially the Group B era) and we love kicking up dirt in the woods just as much as you do. That's why we're so excited to bring you these photos (all taken by official series… » 10/03/14 11:19am 10/03/14 11:19am

VW Releases 'Beetle Classic' Edition But Is Scared Of Real Colors

We got a VW press release today that announced a new limited edition, the "Beetle Classic," which will be a nostalgia-inspired version of the latest Beetle, and will be the least expensive, starting at $20,195. Too bad they chickened out on using some real "classic" colors. » 9/23/14 10:35am 9/23/14 10:35am

What's it like to compete in a national-level SCCA RallyCross event?

After competing at the SCCA RallyCross National Championship in 2013 and now the 2014 SCCA Dixie National Challenge RallyCross, I thought you all might want to know what it's like to compete in RallyCross at a nationally competitive level. » 7/16/14 4:32pm 7/16/14 4:32pm

We Have To Find This 10 Year Old Girl's Stolen '67 Beetle

We've had some successes before finding stolen cars, but I'm really hoping we can do some good for this one. Partially because it's a Beetle, and partially because the owner is a 10 year old girl from a family of gearheads who saved up to buy the car she loved. This girl and her Beetle need to be re-united. » 6/26/14 3:41pm 6/26/14 3:41pm

Experience The Amazing View From Inside My Engine Bay!

I had a weird idea recently about sticking a dashcam in my engine bay and seeing what things looked like from the perspective of, say, a doomed moth. Since it's Friday night and they left me in charge, I figured what the hell, may as well try it. Here's what I got. » 5/09/14 6:29pm 5/09/14 6:29pm

I'm Pretty Sure This Beetle Is Briefly A Boat Here

Okay, late-night pals, I need a judgement call here. About halfway through this, um, puddle, I think the Beetle is actually afloat, and the rear wheels are providing propulsion solely through water-wheel action as opposed to contact on ground. What do you think? » 5/08/14 11:00pm 5/08/14 11:00pm

What It's Like To Race An Old VW Beetle And Get Run Over By A Truck

Desert Dingo Racing campaigns a 1969 VW Beetle in off road races in the U.S. and Mexico. We've covered them in the past a couple times before. As you can imagine, Beetles doing crazy, dirty things is very appealing to me, so I asked Jim Graham to write up his experience in the Mint 400, in which he gets run over by a… » 3/27/14 5:30pm 3/27/14 5:30pm

Celebrating 65 years of the Beetle in America

On Jan. 17, 1949, the Holland America Line Westerdam pulled into New York Harbor from Rotterdam carrying the seed of an automotive empire. It had been only four years since Volkswagen resurrected operations in Wolfsburg, the factory heavily ruined by Allied forces and now under the command of Major Ivan Hirst. The… » 1/30/14 5:14pm 1/30/14 5:14pm

Would You Drive An Electric VW Bug?

Zelectric Motors is the brainchild of passionate VW fans David Benardo and Bonnie Rodgers. In 2011, they decided to put their east coast creative agency in their rearview mirror and head back home to California. With a lifelong affinity for the VW brand and decades spent working with tech companies, they envisioned a… » 1/20/14 1:54pm 1/20/14 1:54pm

Praguian chopped Beetle channels its inner Batmobile

We went to Prague last summer to attend a friend's wedding and my wife used that opportunity to show me the city (I've been to Prague several times but I don't have any sober memories of those visits...). The old city definitely has a kind of Gothic vibe and it's easy to understand why so many movies are filmed there. » 12/05/13 12:14pm 12/05/13 12:14pm

The Best Budget Cars Ever Made

Economy cars are the most important of them all. These low-cost no-thrill machines provide mobility for the masses. But which one do you consider to be the best? » 11/15/13 1:40pm 11/15/13 1:40pm