VW Invented First-Person Racing Video Games And They Don't Even Know It

You'd think the development of what is likely the first computerized driving simulator with actual computer-generated visuals would be a big deal. An achievement like that would have set the standard for not just simulators, but would have been the genesis of every first-person driving game since. Which is why it's so… » 12/18/14 12:00pm Thursday 12:00pm

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

Is This Where Elio Got Their 84 MPG Number?

One of the things I've never fully understood about Elio Motor's still-not-quite-real new car is their focus on a gas mileage rating of 84 MPG. Why 84? Why not 85, or 80? What's so magical about 84? They almost certainly picked that number for non-technical reasons, since they don't even have an engine yet. Maybe it… » 12/01/14 9:25pm 12/01/14 9:25pm

The 300 HP VW Golf R SportWagen Is The Ultimate Forbidden Wagonfruit

I have seen the 2015 Volkswagen Golf R SportWagen. It is real. It is beautiful. It is powerful and wagontacular. And it may never be ours, my fellow Americans. For all our talk of freedom and high standards of living and wonderful inventions like frozen yogurt, there is a good chance we will never have this. » 11/19/14 7:50pm 11/19/14 7:50pm

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

Why Aren't Car Makers Using Dead Baby Animals In Their Ads Anymore?

An awful lot has changed in car advertising over the years, but perhaps most overlooked change is that car companies now seem to shy away from featuring carcasses of young dead animals in their ads. That's a shame, right? Wouldn't a couple of dead skunk kits really jazz up the hood of a Chevy Spark? » 10/02/14 8:00pm 10/02/14 8:00pm

American Buyers Still Want 'Real' Volkswagens

A new month has just started and you know what that means...sales figures! Volkswagen has been struggling to gain traction with American buyers and overall sales were down 19 percent, but it's not all bad news. While folks are passing on the Passat and Jetta, the new 2015 Golf is on track to be a hit. » 10/02/14 9:17am 10/02/14 9:17am

VW's Ads Were Once Gloriously Delusional

Before VW's famous, understated and witty DDB ad campain from the '60s, they weren't that different from any car maker when it came to advertising. That means they didn't necessarily feel so restricted by pesky, silly ideas like "the picture of the car looks like the one you're selling." As a result, early ads were...… » 9/30/14 8:00pm 9/30/14 8:00pm

The Woman In This 70s French VW Manual Looks Like She's In A Movie

This manual shouldn't be this interesting at all. It's a comprehensive operations manual for a 1974 VW Super Beetle, covering some really basic stuff — how to start the car, how to shift, how to use the indicators — but the model they chose and the way she's been shot make these images look like something from French… » 9/23/14 8:05pm 9/23/14 8:05pm