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With the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Final Edition, we say #ByeByeBeetle
It’s official: The 2019 Volkswagen Beetle will be the last production year of the iconic Volkswagen Beetle, exactly seven decades after it first came to the United States in 1949. But the Beetle will be getting a year-long sendoff, beginning with special Beetle Final Edition models for 2019 and continuing over the next several months. “The loss of the Beetle after three generations, over nearly seven decades, will evoke a host of emotions from the Beetle’s many devoted fans,” said Hinrichread more
What do you call the game of spotting a VW Beetle?
First: It is the official position of Volkswagen of America that no one should throw or receive a punch (or even a tap for that matter) simply upon seeing a Volkswagen Beetle. Volkswagen does not condone any form of violence, especially over an icon of the peace-and-love era like the Beetle. That said, it is well known that generations of bored American children on the road have invented and handed down a game around the Beetle. But there’s also a lingering debate that has never been settread more
Rescue me: How one Atlas owner gives good dogs forever homes
Nina Roedeler found her calling thanks to a hurricane. In late 2012, hundreds of animals were lost or displaced after Hurricane Sandy hit the New York metro region – either from flooded shelters or being left behind when their owners had to evacuate. Roedeler, a New York resident, volunteered to foster one of the dogs left traumatized by the storm, eventually bringing it back to health and a new permanent home. “I love dogs, because they know how to forgive and they don’t hold grudges,” Roread more
Capturing the past and present at Wolfsgart 2018
Nestled in the northern beauty of Vermont lies Burlington, a small town hugging the eastern shore of Lake Champlain. For one weekend each summer, this small town becomes the travel spot for Volkswagen enthusiasts around the northeast region. The attraction: Wolfsgart. Celebrating all varieties of European makes and models, Wolfsgart’s roots trace back to Volkswagen and to this day a large majority of the event is focused on the love of the People’s Car. This year, Volkswagen attended Wolfsgaread more
How a photographer draws inspiration from the Arteon
Just after college, Douglas Sonders traded his classic convertible sports car for some professional-level digital camera equipment gear to document a tour with a rock band. It’s a gamble that’s still paying off today. From his days on a tour bus, Sonders’ award-winning career as a photographer and filmmaker now spans everything from celebrity magazine-cover portraits to industrial applications for virtual reality. But it was a new challenge to take a Volkswagen Arteon, the striking new flagshread more
Cruising the coast in air-cooled style for Treffen 2018
If you were lucky enough to be driving along the West Coast last month, you might have seen a few more classic Volkswagens than usual, and a couple that you might not have recognized. That was the 2018 edition of the Highway 1 Treffen, the annual 1,700-odd-mile cruise from Canada to Mexico along some of the most beautiful roads in America. This year, dozens of VW Buses, Beetles, Karmann Ghias, Type 412s and other models from Volkswagen’s air-cooled era took part in the caravan. The Volkswread more
Winning streak continues with a 1-2 finish for VW Andretti Rallycross team
Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross proved the class of the field as the Americas Rallycross Championship (ARX) made its maiden visit to Canada and the Trois-Rivières circuit last weekend. Championship leader Scott Speed scored a clean sweep, leading every session on the way to the second back-to-back ARX victory. Close behind Speed in the Final was his teammate, Tanner Foust, who bounced back from a big accident on Saturday afternoon to claim a third consecutive podium finish. “I’m really proud tread more
Taking the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack to new heights
Jason Mariani always knew he wanted to own a wagon; it was just a matter of time and choosing the right vehicle to meet his needs. When he found the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack, he knew he discovered much more than he was looking for. The Golf Alltrack arrived in the U.S. in 2016 and has been gaining momentum among adventure-seekers, outdoor enthusiasts and families since. Mariani knew the Alltrack was the perfect car for his lifestyle because he could fit both his growing family and bicycleread more
Inside one man’s unique collection of 114 Golfs
Josef Juza may not own the world’s largest private collection of Volkswagen Golfs – but with 114 examples, many of them rare and odd, it’s hard to imagine a more passionate fan. Juza, a chimney sweep from Austria, began his collection as part of his job, driving a second-generation, European-spec VW Caddy pickup for work. From there the collection began to grow; a normal Golf for the family, a Cabrio for summer, a GTI for driving fun and even a Golf Country for wintertime, or as Juza callread more
VW Andretti Rallycross dominates at Americas Rallycross Championship in Austin
Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross is on a winning streak, extending its Championship lead with first and third-place finishes this weekend at the second Americas Rallycross Championship (ARX) race at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas. Scott Speed claimed his first victory of the year ahead of his VW teammate, Tanner Foust, who earned a hard-fought third-place finish on Saturday afternoon. "Getting the win this weekend is a great accomplishment for the Volkswagen Andretti team,” sairead more
Meet Noor Tagouri, the next generation of storyteller
Anyone who spends time on social media may think the only storytellers that flourish there are the ones with their phones permanently set to selfie mode. To see the opposite, meet Noor Tagouri. The 24-year-old has followed her own path that straddles the worlds of journalism, fashion and activism, from shooting her own documentaries to starting a clothing line that benefits charitable causes. "I knew I wanted to be a storyteller, a journalist, before I knew what that meant," Tagouri saread more
Jetta Haus Goes Beyond the Driver’s Seat
Bass reverberating deep in your chest. Infinite selfies in a mirrored room. Delicious drinks and tasty treats. The Volkswagen Jetta Haus pop-up events offered something for every sense in a perfect weekend mashup of music, food, and forward-thinking experiences. For Jetta and VW enthusiasts, the Jetta Haus pop-up events in May were more than just an opportunity to get behind the wheel of the all-new 2019 Jetta. This pop-up party toured Chicago, Miami, New York, and Los Angeles and gave guread more
Volkswagen’s U.S. factory cheers the first grads from its on-site high school
Imagine as a high school student studying Chaucer in one period, and then walking a few steps to program a state-of-the-art welding robot or 3D printer. That’s a glimpse of what a school day is like at the high school held on the grounds of Volkswagen’s Chattanooga factory. Volkswagen Chattanooga, Chattanooga State Community College and Hamilton County Schools recently celebrated the first graduating class from the Mechatronics Akademie, a two-year mechatronics program at Volkswagen Chattread more
The Volkswagen Tiguan turns up the heat on Food Network Star
For an exciting fourth year in a row, Volkswagen teams up with Food Network to present its hit competition series Food Network Star. As the exclusive automotive sponsor for the 2018 season, Volkswagen brings the Tiguan to this year’s party. Like the chefs competing on the show, the Tiguan will be showcasing its style, versatility, and sense of adventure in a sophisticated urban setting. Through weekly challenges, competitors compete for a shot at stardom, and the Tiguan takes some starring roread more
Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetles sweep inaugural Americas Rallycross
The first season of Americas Rallycross began with a familiar sight – two Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross drivers on top of the podium. Tanner Foust claimed victory and Scott Speed took second in the inaugural round of Americas Rallycross last weekend at Silverstone Circuit in England. The pair faced a mix of old and new competitors around the 0.6-mile dirt and asphalt track, but Foust and his No. 34 Rockstar Energy Drink Beetle dominated the field, with top-three finishes in each of the fourread more
Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross jumps into the Americas Rallycross series
After winning the U.S. rallycross titles for the past two years, the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team gets back in action this weekend with Scott Speed, Tanner Foust and their Volkswagen Beetle Supercars at one of the world’s most historic race tracks. The team will compete against several world-class rallycross drivers in the newly launched Americas Rallycross series, with events throughout the summer culminating in a championship race this September at the Circuit of the Americas in Austread more