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

Is This The Most Accurate Fake VW Engine In All Of Movies?

Jerry Lewis’ 1960 movie The Bellboy is widely regarded by cinemaphiles as the Citizen Kane of severely inept service-industry worker movies. And I think that includes the Fat Boys’ magnum opus, Disorderlies. What most people don’t realize is that it has one of the best fake VW engines in all of cinema. » 3/25/15 9:00am 3/25/15 9:00am

China Breaks New Ground For Shit Non-Givery With A Beetle Knockoff EV

Yesterday, I was pretty excited to see this shameless BMW i3 knockoff at the Shandong EV Expo in China. And today, our friends at CarNewsChina who are covering the show have found something even better: an electric, four-door latest-generation VW Beetle knockoff, complete with a badge that’s half Volvo and half Nissan. » 3/24/15 11:45am 3/24/15 11:45am

Rolls-Royce Once Sued A Company For Making Beetles Look Like Their Cars

Have you ever bought a Rolls-Royce? Specifically, have you ever bought a strangely small Rolls-Royce that had kind of bad paint, a headliner ripped all to hell, and desperately needed a muffler for, oh, about $1100? If so, my friend, then I'm afraid you've been had, because that wasn't a real Rolls at all! Luckily,… » 2/06/15 2:40pm 2/06/15 2:40pm

Cheap And Dirty: Why Rallycross Is The Best Deal In Racing

It's a rocket ship kind of feeling when you get everything right in a rear-engined car. You line yourself up out of a corner and drive the throttle to the floor. The car feels like it gains grip the harder you press the engine. Then you just hold on as things go blurry. » 12/01/14 2:05pm 12/01/14 2:05pm

A Sheik Wants To Buy The President Of Uruguay's VW Beetle For $1 Million

We've been sort of enamored with the cars of Uruguay recently, and I think a large part of that has to be that their famously humble president drives a very nice 1987 VW Beetle. And it looks like I'm not the only admirer, since President Mujica was offered a million dollars for the car this past week. » 11/06/14 8:05pm 11/06/14 8:05pm

Here's The Beetle Decklid Guide You Desperately Need

Are you tired of being embarrassed when you go out because you can't properly identify the year of a VW Beetle based on the engine lid? Sure you are. Nothing stings more than when the sexy someone you were chatting up flings a drink in your face because you had no idea how many vents are on a '72 Beetle decklid. I'm… » 10/27/14 7:45pm 10/27/14 7:45pm

VW Beetle Drifting In Forza Because It's Too Awesome For Real World

It's quite possible that this VW Beetle drifting the Top Gear test track is in Forza simply because the real world could not contain this much awesome. » 7/09/14 2:32pm 7/09/14 2:32pm

VW Says That Just Maybe They Will Build The Dune

When we first saw the Beetle Dune concept at the Detroit Auto Show early this year, I generally liked the idea, but was lamenting how unlikely it was to be built. Well, as part of VW's multi-year plan to make me look like an ass, the Dune could be edging to actual production, and they even had one driving around. » 6/23/14 8:35pm 6/23/14 8:35pm

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

It's Back In The Back: How To Put An Engine In A Vintage Beetle

My old Beetle's sure been through a lot this year, but this past weekend, for the first time since it was recovered, I drove it again. And while it still looks a bit battered, it's going to be better than ever. » 7/05/13 4:00pm 7/05/13 4:00pm

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… » 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