These High-Contrast Prints Of Classic Cars Are Dark And Striking

Sabrina Chun emailed us because, really, she likes cars. As a result of all her car-liking, she's employed her considerable talents to making a series of dramatic, high-contrast prints of some culturally significant cars, including the Porsche 911, Shelby Cobra, Volkswagen Microbus, and the Back to the Future DeLorean. » 4/02/13 1:30pm 4/02/13 1:30pm

Weird Home-Built VW Something Is Like The Vehicle That Inspired The…

When my valet came by with the big stack of printouts of my emails (that's the only way I read them — he also types in all my articles from my recordings on an old reel-to-reel tape deck) I almost slapped him with delight at seeing the pictures of the weird homebuilt car Jalopnik reader Tom M sent us. Eventually, I… » 1/10/13 3:00pm 1/10/13 3:00pm

Airbags May Save The Old VW Bus

The Volkswagen Type 2 Kombi, known to many as the Microbus, Bus, Hippiebus, and many other names if you're stuck behind one, is one of the oldest automotive survivors. It's long run looked like it was nearing its end, as new legislation in Brazil mandates airbags in all cars by 2014, and the old bus didn't seem a… » 7/18/12 2:20pm 7/18/12 2:20pm

Man On Craigslist Wants To Trade Funeral Plots For VW Bus

There's a pretty high bar for weird trades when it comes to both VW Microbuses and Craigslist. The VW Type II's long association with the counterculture must have made for some engaging trades over its many decades of history, involving all kinds of drugs and patchouli-scented sex acts. » 6/06/12 2:00pm 6/06/12 2:00pm

VW Bulli heading for Scion-like production

Needing models to meet its Toyota-beating targets, Volkswagen will reportedly put the Bulli concept from Geneva into production, aiming for the Scion xB in the United States. Looking forward to the optional rear wing. » 3/10/11 9:45am 3/10/11 9:45am

VW Bulli Concept: The Neo Hippie Van's one hot box

Volkswagen successfully transitioned from a car for '70s hippies to an entry-level status car for '90s yuppies. With the re-imagined VW Bulli Concept the company's making a stab at both markets. Hipyups? Yuphips? » 3/01/11 12:30pm 3/01/11 12:30pm

The VW Bulli Concept is the new Microbus

As previously reported, the VW Microbus Concept is returning, though this time called the VW Bulli. The new concept rolled out in Geneva, looking sorta similar to the original Microbus Concept from 2001, but far smaller. » 2/28/11 3:05pm 2/28/11 3:05pm

Volkswagen Design Chief Says New Microbus Concept is in the Works

Volkswagen's Microbus could be making a comeback according to comments made by Volkswagen's design chief Klaus Bischoff this week at the LA Auto Show. » 11/20/10 11:00am 11/20/10 11:00am

More on the Microbus: Volkswagen Van Concept On Video, Circa 2001

"So we had this idea." The idea was to trot out the most nauseating display of youth baiting this side of a Scion ad in Second Life. The year was 2001, and Volkswagen had just rolled out its Microbus concept. Clinging to the last strand of dot-com optimism like a vine over quicksand, VW produced this video, which it… » 10/22/07 10:00am 10/22/07 10:00am

Who Are You? VW, Pete Townsend to Team Up on New Minivan Marketing

It's a match made somewhere on the Hamburg circuit, circa 1963. The Who's beak-schnozed, windmilling wonder Pete Townsend and Volkswagen, says the UK's AutoExpress, will team up on marketing V-dub's new bus, the long-awaited production successor to the 2001 Microbus concept. Expect to be regaled with The Who's "Magic… » 10/22/07 8:14am 10/22/07 8:14am

Granada vs. Microbus



We can't tell who's really pulling at the end of this video, but it looks like the Transporter. But with the stylish hood scoop and generally hooptyesque, quite-possibly-meth-addled demeanor, the Euro-spec Ford Granada takes the style trophy for sure. » 7/19/07 9:45pm 7/19/07 9:45pm

Ridiculously-Extra-Stupid-Fast VW Type 2

We could've made a joke about Bruce and a Maxwell House can full of bathtub speed, but we won't, as we prefer our beans freshly ground and our meth of a slightly higher grade. In essence, we want our coffee, illicit substances, and vintage VWs crafted to a higher, more precise standard. We think this Swiss… » 12/04/06 1:30pm 12/04/06 1:30pm

A New Old Bus: Volkswagen Updates a 1964 Microbus with Gadgets

From the outside, the Chameleon concept looks like a pristine, classic 1964 Volkswagen bus. On the inside, it's a complete technology showcase created by Volkswagen of America's Electronics Research Lab in Palo Alto. The drivetrain is all electric, powered by lithium polymer batteries — those surfboards on the roof… » 9/26/06 1:53pm 9/26/06 1:53pm

VW Microbus Truck/Camino, Representing Deutschland


This isn't even a conversion, the Volkswagen Type 2 — known as the Microbus to you, me, and thousands of dirty li'l hippies — came in this truck variant straight from Wolfsburg. See, even the Germans love the Camino style, even if a truck bed on a rear-engined vehicle isn't the most well-planned idea. More trivia?… » 4/26/06 7:50am 4/26/06 7:50am

Tiny Type 2 on eBay

Giving new meaning to the term "Riding the short bus," this cut-down VW makes do with a mere 48" wheelbase. The powertrain is stock, but think about what this thing would do with either a Porsche or an STi mill stuffed in its ass. The seller suggests that the wee Microbus might be good for advertising, but to our… » 4/05/06 8:16pm 4/05/06 8:16pm

The New Microbus?

Reader Scriv (Bators?) just flipped us his photochopped rendition of what a 2008 VW Microbus might look like, given the People's Company's penchant for incorporating Toyota-esque cues into its recent designs, including the new Jetta and the to-arrive-in-'08 Passat four-door coupe. Could it be, children? Could it? » 1/24/06 5:44pm 1/24/06 5:44pm