Five Things to Know About the Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia, And Its Sort-Of Stolen Design

The Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia is one of those car that even non-gearheads tend to like, because it’s just a fundamentally pretty object. It’s elegant and friendly and curvy and sleek all at once, while being approachable and inviting. It’s just a lovely little design for a car, and pioneered the idea of a sporty car, as…

I Don't Believe the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Final Edition Will Be Final Because It's the Ninth Time VW's Said That

I just got back from Puebla, Mexico, where Volkswagen told me, with some gravity, that a storied line of cars come to an end with the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle. This didn’t have too much of an impact on me because (1) as far as I’m concerned, the Beetle died in 2004 with the last of the air-cooled ones, and (B)…

Read About Restoring the Oldest Production Volkswagen Beetle in This Intensely Detailed Book

It’s possible that the Volkswagen Beetle has one of the most complicated and often disturbing origin stories of any car, which is why there’s often so much fascination surrounding really early cars. Very early cars are notoriously difficult to find, which is why the restoration of this car, with a serial number of 20,…

This Little Green Thing Is the 2019 Volkswagen T-Cross but Don't Be Fooled by Its Cuteness

The world is going ape-shit over crossovers, and Volkswagen wants in on the fun. So behold the 2019 VW T-Cross, an SUV that’s even compact-er than the compact Tiguan and the subcompact T-Roc. And while it may look cute in the picture above, I say: Don’t be lured in by its adorable dimensions, for it is likely to be…

The Spare Tire Windshield Washer System in Old Volkswagens Is Both Ridiculous and Clever

As a painful-to-be-around hardcore old air-cooled Volkswagen geek, I sometimes forget that the arcane details and quirks of these old cars are not necessarily common knowledge to everyone. That’s why I was actually surprised to find that some of my colleagues—equally hardcore gearheads though they are—didn’t know the…

Volkswagen's Electric Cars Should Be Priced Similarly To The Old Diesels

Like pretty much every major automaker, Volkswagen is planning a big electric car push starting at the beginning of the next decade. But besides charging infrastructure—which VW is trying to fix—one of the big problems with EVs is cost. There’s no economy of scale and battery tech is still expensive, so most of them…

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