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Battered Rallycross Volkswagen Finally Looks Like An Off-Road Volkswagen

When we last saw Scott Speed’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Volkswagen Beetle, it looked a bit off. Too clean. Too polished. Too together. Now that it made it through the X Games’ Rally Car feature race to win the event, however, it looks much more like a real, honest-to-goodness off-road Volkswagen.
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How The Volkswagen Beetle Came To Exist (And Almost Didn't)

I’ll be part of a show on National Geographic TV called Driving America that debuts on Monday, May 25th at 9:00 PM EST/PST and I’m glad the producers kept the often unmentioned story of how a bomb in VW’s factory nearly destroyed the car’s future. A little bit of that story in the video above. » 5/20/15 8:00pm 5/20/15 8:00pm

VW Celebrates Sorta-60 Years Of The Beetle With Four Special Editions

There would be no Volkswagen without the Beetle, and occasionally VW remembers that and decides to have some fun with the modern Beetle. That’s exactly what happened at the NY Auto Show, where VW showed four special Beetles: the R-Line, the convertible Denim, the Pink Color, and the Convertible Wave. But is it… » 3/31/15 10:10pm 3/31/15 10:10pm

2015 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible R-Line: The Jalopnik Review

No car has transformed as radically over the course of its nameplate as the Volkswagen Beetle. It started life as a plebeian, practical family car with the engine in the back driven by Germans and then hippies and then crazy people, and then it morphed into a super cute front-wheel drive premium lifestyle accessory in… » 3/18/15 2:00pm 3/18/15 2:00pm

Meet The Car That's The VW Beetle's Oldest And Most Direct Ancestor

I've written before about Paul Schilperood's remarkable book that makes the case that the VW Beetle was largely developed based on the ideas of the Jewish auto journalist Josef Ganz and not Ferdinand Porsche, as has been commonly thought. Today, I want to look in detail at a key component of this idea: The Standard… » 10/24/14 6:35pm 10/24/14 6:35pm

This Is The Best Coffee-Foam VW Beetle I've Ever Seen

Volkswagen Japan came up with what may be the most ephemeral promotional tie-in I can think of: they commissioned an artist to make latté-foam sculptures of the VW Beetle. These are pretty impressive, especially when you realize the medium he's working in is about as substantial as a really good sneeze. » 10/03/14 5:43pm 10/03/14 5:43pm

The Earth-Shaking Revelation Of The Forgotten Beetle Taillights

First, a warning. This article is going to be so geeky, so niche, so insanely VW Beetle-geek focused that those of you not crazily interested in Beetle minutia should probably just close the window now. Really. For those who can hang, get a drop cloth, because minds will be blown, Beetle-taillight-wise. » 6/27/14 7:30pm 6/27/14 7:30pm