Watch The Inventor Of The Iconic Dune Buggy Drive An Electric Beetle

Finally, I'm an Eskimo Driver with the Myers Manx inventor Bruce Myers — we've both had a chance behind the wheel of the Zelectric Bug. Of course, Mr.Manx is much more accomplished, important, and old-man adorable than I'll ever be, so watch this one. » 3/09/14 9:30am 3/09/14 9:30am

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

This Is What Happens When You Cross A Bug With An Airport Firetruck

I've made no secret of my love for VW Beetles and enlarged things, so it's pretty easy to see why this 1.5x-scale Baja Bug is appealing to me. Built on (and named after) an old airport fire truck, Big Red is the tractor-chassi'd colossal Beetle you've been hoping for. » 7/05/13 9:30am 7/05/13 9:30am

VW Of Canada Brings Back "Super Beetle" Name

VW hasn't sold a car called the "Super Beetle" since the final run of convertible Super Beetles sold in in the US in the 1979/1980 model year. I remember lobbying for one as a kid when my parents went car shopping in 1980. They bought an Accord. But now VW of Canada is selling a "Super Beetle" edition of the Turbo Beetle. » 6/27/13 3:18pm 6/27/13 3:18pm

The Electric-Converted 1963 'Zelectric' VW Beetle Is A Charming EV

One of the nice things about being a known sucker for a particular type of car is that people seek you out when they have interesting versions. Which is pretty much why a guy named David contacted me to see if I wanted to drive an electric-converted '63 Beetle. I did want, and I did drive. » 6/19/13 12:43pm 6/19/13 12:43pm

Project Beetle Rebirth: Picking An Engine

I've been getting lots of questions about the state of my Beetle since its recovery, and I'm finally happy to say insurance companies have been dealt with, checks have been cut, and work is about to begin. My Beetle will be back on the road, better, faster, and yellower than ever. » 6/04/13 5:28pm 6/04/13 5:28pm

The First Real Object Ever 3D Scanned And Rendered Was A VW Beetle

We take hyper-realistic 3D scanned and rendered cars for granted today. They're in movies, video games, fake spy shots, everywhere. The fact that it can be done at all still feels like science-fiction. The origins of it all are humbler and older than you'd think: In 1972, with students, yardsticks, and a VW Beetle. » 5/07/13 4:49pm 5/07/13 4:49pm