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VW, Apple "iCar" Talks on hold?

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According to German news site Presseportal, talks between the German automaker for the people and the computer cum consumer electronics giant are on hold for a potential "iCar." Full blurb from the press site below the jump. Oh, and did we mention it's entirely in German? Anyone want to translate for us? All we can figure out is it's like "blah, blah, blah, Martin Winterkorn, blah, blah, blah, Sprockets, blah, blah, blah..." Yeah — we totally weren't allowed to didn't take German in High School.

""i-Car" von Volkswagen und Apple kommt ins Schleudern

Köln (ots) - 5. Dezember 2007 - Die Sondierungsgespräche über eine Kooperation des Wolfsburger Volkswagen-Konzerns mit dem US-Computerhersteller Apple geraten nach Informationen des Wirtschaftsmagazins 'Capital' (Ausgabe 26/2007, EVT 6. Dezember) ins Stocken. Im September hatte sich VW-Vorstandschef Martin Winterkorn mit Apple-Chef Steve Jobs zu vertraulichen Gesprächen in Kalifornien getroffen. In diesem Zusammenhang wurde über die Entwicklung eines so genannten "i-Car", einem mit Apple-Produkten ausgestatteten Kompaktwagen, spekuliert. VW hatte die Gespräche bestätigt. "Das Projekt wackelt", erfuhr 'Capital' aus Unternehmenskreisen. Wie es heißt, führten auch auch andere Autohersteller mit Apple Gespräche über Kooperationen."


[Presseportal via German Car Blog]

(Hat tip to Gizmodo on the image, unthoughtfully stolen by the Deutsch-bags at GermanCarBlog!)


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Cologne (ots) - December 5, 2007 - the conversation to examine it on a co-operation citizen groups the company with the American computer lowers the Apple observation information the economic synopsis "to include/understand them" (edition 26/2007, EVT December 6) in preventing it. VW high executive Martin Winterkorn met California in September with the call-Chief of Apple within the professions of Steve to the confidential conversations. Speculate with a similar concern on the development for this reason of a city "I", a car compacts which is provided with the Apple products. VW confirmed the conversations the "plan wavers", had the news of "them included/understood" of the atmospheres of the companies. Since it is called, for this reason of others the manufacturers of car with Apple have also the conversations of lead on the co-operation.