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freebeard 09-26-2016 07:31 PM

What it would take to get me out of a Beetle
 
https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media...vyldkp9gkw.png
http://jalopnik.com/these-sketches-of-volkswagens-upcoming-electric-car-sho-1787007680

Hey running boards!

slowmover 09-26-2016 07:57 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 02:13 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 02:24 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 01:38 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 01:43 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 02:22 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!

http://bestcars.uol.com.br/bc/wp-con...Twin-Up-02.jpg

https://www.netcarshow.com/Volkswage...17-1280-04.jpg

http://images.caricos.com/v/vw/2012_..._1920x1080.jpg

https://www.netcarshow.com/Volkswage...17-1280-01.jpg

freebeard 09-27-2016 04:14 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 04:30 PM

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

http://www.welovehondas.com/concept_...ncept_GRX3.jpg

http://www.insightman.com/homecoming/GRX.jpg

We all know how that turned out.

freebeard 09-27-2016 09:19 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.

Ecky 09-27-2016 09:28 PM

That was for the original Insight, these renderings were from the late 90's. It was originally slated to be a sports car with a straight six and super capacitors, rather than a 3 cylinder with NiMH cells.

jamesqf 09-28-2016 01:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ecky (Post 523642)
...this is what the Insight's early development looked like.

If only it didn't have those stupid gull-wing doors.

freebeard 09-28-2016 03:14 PM

Yeah! Real [race] cars don't have doors.

Ecky -- So that explains those massive rear air scoops.

botsapper 09-28-2016 03:18 PM

Volkswagen’s fully-electric 2020
 
... called I.D. - Intelligent Drive. A rendering...


VW I.D. electric concept revealed, production version coming 2020

freebeard 09-28-2016 04:20 PM

From sketch to render — As I expected, the DLO, wheels size and ground clearance are all more reasonable.
Quote:

Volkswagen has said it plans to launch 30 new electric models across multiple brands between now and 2025.
I'm starting to think Dieselgate was a good and necessary thing.

freebeard 09-29-2016 06:19 PM

The Volkswagen I.D. Is The Electric Future Of Compact Cars With A 373 Mile Range

https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media...gg4ue7lqpu.jpg

I'd understand better if I could touch those wheels or see them under a moving light source. I get that the outer facets are flat and the center is recessed, and there are lefts and rights.

I think those are half-closed louvers.


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