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VW Micro Micro Bus – Jericho, NY

July 30th, 2012 by Stu

I don’t think this is what VW had in mind when they coined the term Microbus for their venerable camper van. A small but very real trend among some of the more eccentric VW enthusiasts, these “shorty buses” have had their wheelbases sliced and diced by about 2 feet, making for an almost cartoon like result. If Scooby Doo and the gang went to the circus, this might be the vehicle that would take them there.

The shorty trend extends to Beetles too…gotta love it!

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Shades of Punch Buggy – Cusco, Peru

July 7th, 2010 by Stu

VW is currently running an ad campaign here in the U.S. that builds off of the brand’s long standing punch buggy tradition whereby one persons smacks the other when an original VW Beetle rolls by. All you do is call out the color, “punch buggy turquoise” in this case, and then give your pal/spouse/parent a good shot in the arm. It’s good clean American fun. That arm of yours would be a permanent shade of black and blue if this game were played in Cusco, the historic capital of the Inca Empire located in southeastern Peru. As one travel blogger put it, “Ever wondered why you never see a VW Beetles on the road these days? I can tell you why. Because they’re all in Peru. Every second car here is a Beetle. Pimped out, clapped out, they’re all here. The roads here are terrible, but it seems German automotive enginneering is the always the answer.” And there you have it.

Thanks for the great photos Jeff!

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VW Beetle – NW 19th and Hoyt, Portland

February 5th, 2010 by Stu

The rainfall averages 37.5 inches per year in downtown Portland. That equates to about 155 days with some sort of measurable precipitation on the ground. What does this mean to you? That our man on the street in Portland has a 42% chance of capturing a wet vehicle when he scours the streets each day looking for interesting and unique rides to bring you. We’re not too bothered though because cars somehow always manage to look better in the rain. It’s a phenomenon we can’t quite explain – kind of like how sesame noodles are best served cold and Cops always go bonkers for doughnuts over any other pastry.

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Audi/VW Winter Cruise – Piermont, NY

December 17th, 2009 by Stu

Audi/VW Drive - Rockland County

Who says you have to ride a HOG to travel in packs? Apparently not this group of VW/Audi enthusiasts who took their Quattro-powered sleds Winter joyriding during the season’s inaugural snowfall.  Well the GTI doesn’t have Quattro but who’s counting. The utterly dreary skies, slick road surfaces and fresh snowfall came together nicely to form the backdrop for this brigade of grey and white rides. Thanks for sharing Drew and much love to Deutschland.

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2010 VW GTI MkVI – Hudson Street, NYC

October 27th, 2009 by Stu

MK6 GTI

VW used hot women and and a race-inspired video game application to launch the sixth generation GTI in Manhattan last week. And they claim to be the first manufacturer to rely entirely on the App Store to introduce a new car to the public. Classic Car Club on Hudson street was decked out with LCDs running a customized version of Firemint’s motion-activated Real Racing Game. Party goers could sample the new game while sipping on cocktails and listening to guest DJ ?uestlove from the Roots.

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Karmann Ghia convertible – East 84th Street, NYC

August 14th, 2009 by Ian

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Automakers use a vast number of alpha and or numeric vehicle designations in branding their products. And considering the roughly 220 nameplates currently crowding dealer lots, overcomplicated and hard-to-recall nameplates likely obscure product significance in the minds of consumers.  Some model names, for instance, relate to engine displacement (Mercedes C63 AMG) or power (Lambo LP560-4) while others continue a long standing tradition (Ford Mustang). And let’s not forget the always popular references to completely random geographic locations (Nissan Murano) or lost civilizations (Pontiac Aztek).

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Mercedes Benz CLS550 – 9th Avenue, NYC

July 9th, 2009 by Ian

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Mercedes brought sexy back in 2004 when they introduced the seductive CLS sedan. The combination of sedan practicality and low profile design allowed Mercedes to take credit for the ‘four door coupe’ moniker.

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VW GTI – N. Moore Street, NYC

June 19th, 2009 by Ian

 

volkswagen-gti1This founding member of the hot hatch hall of fame looks fast while standing still on Tribecca’s North Moore street. Go fast looks aside, you really can’t ask for a better city racer thanks to the uber wide torque curve (max torque available from 1800 - 5000 RPM), nimble handling and compact dimensions.

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VW Transporter Single Cab – Alphabet City, NYC

June 10th, 2009 by Ian

 

vw-flatbed1The VW Bus is the automotive workhorse that helped post war Europe get back on its feet. It’s  also perhaps the most nicknamed auto on the planet, affectionately known by thousands of pet names like magic bus, Mircobus, hippie-mobile, Camper, Eurovan, Caravelle, Samba, Multivan, and Bully.

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Alfa Romeo Brera – Piazza Santa Maria Novella, Florence, Italy

May 17th, 2009 by Stu

alfa romeo breraWith intoxicating curves hammered into cold steel by the legendary design house Pininfarina, the seductive Brera represents one more reason to bring the Italian brand back over to this side of the pond. Sporting a rather modest (by American standards) 256 hp powerplant from its 3.2 liter V6, the Brera won’t knock your head back (0 – 62 mph in about 7.0 secs), but is certainly competitive with other premium hot hatches like the VW GTI, Mini Cooper S and Volvo C30.

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