This Concept Of A Beetle Reborn As A Badass Sportscar Is Pretty Great

It’s no secret that I’m a sucker for re-imaginings of what a modern VW Beetle could be. While my own takes tend towards the broke-ass end of the market, there are people out there thinking similar thoughts, but with opposite results. Like A.Deniz Özbarli, the designer of the Alpera Tulpar, a Beetle reborn as a… » 4/23/15 9:35pm 4/23/15 9:35pm

Five Reasons To Drive A "Super" Beetle

Rare? Hardly—the Volkswagen Type 1 is nearly as numerous as the Coleptera order from which they take their nickname, Beetle. A ubiquitous feature of the motoring landscape of the ‘60s and ‘70s, these curvy-carapaced creatures survived well into the modern age, and are still a common sight around the world. » 4/23/15 4:17pm 4/23/15 4:17pm

Why Isn't This Real? I Wish This Was Real.

Patrick found this picture in some Facebook feed, and, of course, my attention was grabbed, just like this picture had grabbed my attention’s hypothetical attento-nuts. A New Beetle, with a proper vintage Beetle drivetrain? What a great, non-trivial swap! It makes a statement, is technically interesting — too bad it’s… » 4/09/15 9:30pm 4/09/15 9:30pm

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 3/26/15 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

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 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

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

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