This Animated Vanagon Tribute Will Leave You Pining for Open Roads

It takes a special breed of traveler to own a VW Vanagon. These quirky people-movers are far from the most luxurious whips on the road but they always seem to arrive at the most scenic of destinations. Or the garage. Because these things break down—a lot. » 4/02/14 12:00am 4/02/14 12:00am

A Camper Van Toaster: Because Even Hippies Love Toast

There are two approaches when it comes to stocking a kitchen: You can find yourself the best multi-purpose tools, appliances, and other accessories that might cost a little more, but promise to keep your drawers and counters free of clutter. Or, you can embrace every single cheap novelty gadget and knick-knack that… » 10/24/13 5:00pm 10/24/13 5:00pm

This Lego Mashup of Volkswagen and Star Wars Works Surprisingly Well

Well, it was only a matter of time before someone mashed up an icon of German engineering with an icon of the Galactic Empire. » 5/08/13 5:28pm 5/08/13 5:28pm

Volkswagen Is Forcing Employees to Turn Off Their BlackBerrys So…

BlackBerrys are still the de facto standard in the work force and represent a sort of leash an employer has on an employee. If you see that indicator light blink, you better get to work. The problem with that is that no employee ever stops thinking about work! VW wants to change that. They're turning off employee… » 12/23/11 11:51am 12/23/11 11:51am

Teensy VW Car is 30% the Size of the Original

It looks like you can fit more people in VW's car than you can in the Guinness Book of World Records' smallest legal street car, but it's still 30 per cent the size of an original VW Gol. » 11/23/10 7:40am 11/23/10 7:40am

Inside Out Car

What does this mean, you ask? Look within, friends. There, you will still find the engine. (It's just an ad from VW if you're legitimately curious.) [I Believe In Advertising via inspire me now] » 7/23/10 11:40am 7/23/10 11:40am

Passat Monster Truck, Ready for The Fast and the Furious: Warsaw Drift

Usually it's frustrating to see a kickass video with no background info. This time, I don't care. I don't even want to know how or why someone made a Passat 4x4. I just want to watch that sucker churn. » 3/11/10 4:20pm 3/11/10 4:20pm

Self-Parking Car Works Perfectly, Except For That Whole Running People…

Volkswagen is onto something great with this concept demo. You just step out of this car and it parks itself. Great, now they just need to iron out those details about detecting obstacles like lil' ol' grannies crossing parking lots. » 10/27/09 11:40am 10/27/09 11:40am

First Ever Hydrogen Vehicle 'Cross-Country' Road Trip Had a Lot of Help

I'm all for hydrogen-or any alternative fuel source for that matter (Shai Agassi, my man, let's get cooking already! » 8/24/08 10:45pm 8/24/08 10:45pm)-but if you're going to heavily promote your cross-country trek as the "first ever" for hydrogen-powered vehicles, at least make sure large, 1,000-mile stretches of it did not involve having the…

Volkswagen Shows Us Cars From the Future

Volkswagen thinks they know what cars from 2028 will looks like (which is probably fair, since they can basically make the whole thing one big self-fulfilling prophecy). Still, it's exciting to see the designs. The one pictured here is Ego. It's a sporty two-seater without a front window (no, not because people in the… » 7/09/08 3:20pm 7/09/08 3:20pm

Volkswagen/Apple iCar On Hold, Upper Middle Class Weep

If you've been looking forward to a possible Volkswagen + Apple car, or iCar, you'll have to wait slightly longer as talks between the two companies have just been put on hold. The bad news is that the exploratory talks are at an end, but the good news is that there were exploratory talks to begin with. VW fans and… » 12/05/07 7:50pm 12/05/07 7:50pm

VW's Touchscreen UI Looking Mighty Apple-y


Some of us noticed that the VW Space Up! blue concept car at the LA Auto Show has a car computer that looks like an Apple coverflow UI. Could this be the result of Apple and VW launching a UI together per earlier talks? My eyes are screaming yes, but my brain tells me that an Apple alliance is the kind of thing VW… » 11/16/07 1:28pm 11/16/07 1:28pm

R/C Stoner Van Streams Live Video While Truckin' (Video)

Built and demonstrated by our very own Nick McGlynn, this webcam-mounted R/C Volkswagen bus streams video live via a hidden Sony Vaio laptop with Sprint EV-DO card. Unfortunately for Nick, the camera is fixed facing forward, limiting its upskirt potential. Oh well, there's always V(W) 2.0. [Justin.tv]
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LG and VW Team For MP3 Player

Now, this doesn't make a whole lotta sense. What do you get when you take LG's Prada-ish design and combine it with VW? Apparently an LG/VW MP3 player. There aren't very many details here, but all we know is that there's a 2.4-inch (possibly touch) screen, 2 to 4GB of storage, and comes in red, yellow, and blue. » 4/25/07 1:20pm 4/25/07 1:20pm

Lightning Strikes Car, With Man In It

Cars are supposed to protect the driver in the case of a lightning/voltage strike. Apparently it's not the rubber tires that insulate the vehicle, but that the shell is attached in a way to keep the threat away from (most) of the cabin. » 3/11/07 12:59pm 3/11/07 12:59pm

Ok, so maybe he doesn't actually die. But we're fairly certain he soiled…

Chinese Artists Take a VW Down the Hershey Highway for V-Day

The Valentine's Day madness has apparently spread around the world, as evidenced by this chocolate-covered Volkswagen Beetle parked in front of a supermarket in China. After first wrapping the vehicle in plastic, seven enterprising car company employees slathered on 440 pounds of chocolate, resulting in the day's… » 2/15/07 12:30pm 2/15/07 12:30pm

VW Sleds Are Slick, Slippery and Schweet

VWs are in the Gizmodo news these days, where the other day we saw one pulling a Boeing 747, and now here's a sled carrying the earmarks of the timeless Volkswagen Golf GTI design. Is this one badass-looking conveyance, or what? » 11/29/06 5:36pm 11/29/06 5:36pm

VW Opens Hyperbolic Time Chamber

Some of you may get the reference above and will not even need to read the following useless filler text. To those who haven't watched the complete series of Dragonball Z (yet), read below. » 11/09/06 7:35pm 11/09/06 7:35pm

VW Microbus Chameleon Hippie Bus Gets Gizmodo-ized

VW R&D must not have enough to do after helping Stanford win the DARPA Grand Challenge. Instead of working on the ever-elusive flying car, they've outfitted this old hippie bus with hidden tech. The drivetrain is all electric, and the surfboards on top have solar cells for charging up the lithium battery banks. Click… » 9/26/06 3:52pm 9/26/06 3:52pm

Google and VW Join Forces

Looks like Google and Volkswagen are banding together to work on a vehicle that will use Google Maps/Google Earth in a VW in-car navigation system. Working with NVidia to build the system, it will include three-dimensional graphics and, hopefully, other features like automatic personalized information updates. But… » 2/06/06 12:15pm 2/06/06 12:15pm