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freebeard 09-26-2016 08:31 PM

What it would take to get me out of a Beetle

Hey running boards!

slowmover 09-26-2016 08:57 PM

My friend, after all these years I confess I'd never imagined you quite so short or rotund as to need the classic vestigial running boards on a VW.

freebeard 09-27-2016 03:13 AM

I never touch them, except to wash them; but it's a vestigal feature and I'm Okay with that. And it ties nicely to the external front bumper.

OTOH I've lost an inch and gained 50lb since I started driving Beetles.

What do all y'all think of the four round glowing pucks in the corners of the roof? Roof rack mount? Em-drive anti-gravity flight?

Frank Lee 09-27-2016 03:24 AM

"What it would take to get me out of a Beetle"- Anything with a heater.

I KID!!!

Re: pucks: That's where the Mother Ship gloms on and carries it away.

jamesqf 09-27-2016 02:38 PM

And here I thought you were going to have us choose between a can opener and a chainsaw with carbide teeth :-)

freebeard 09-27-2016 02:43 PM

On December 31st two years ago, on black ice with an open diff, I came within 25ft of the end of a barricade. If I'd entered the freeway backward and motionless, it would have been Jaws of Life.

botsapper 09-27-2016 03:22 PM

Wazz Up
Volkswagen smallest platform, Up was #1 in Germany & Netherlands in its segment. Successes in Brazil, Japan and South Africa.
Probably just the made-over E-Up!

freebeard 09-27-2016 05:14 PM

My friends wondered why I didn't get all twitterpated by the New Beetle.

It was because the the concept car was based on the Polo, but the production version was based on the Golf.

Ecky 09-27-2016 05:30 PM

Don't hold your breath, this is what the Insight's early development looked like.

We all know how that turned out.

freebeard 09-27-2016 10:19 PM

That's one of my favorite concepts! Original Insight or the reboot? :)

Notice how the rocker panel and the diverter in front flow together. Similar to the VW concept.

Renderings have often distorted proportions. I'd expect the production version to be un-chopped by about four to six inches. The nose? They flat stole that from Tesla.

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