You Won’t Believe Volkswagen’s Eye-Popping Collection of Classic Rides


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Like many automakers, Volkswagen maintains a glittering museum as a tribute to the most amazing vehicles from its history. Space in such show places is finite, however, so other cool rides sit in storage, out of the public eye.

That is the case with Volkswagen’s “Depot” a nondescript industrial building in Wolfsburg, Germany, where most of the company’s collection is stored, waiting for a turn on display at the Autostadt museum.

More than two million visitors tour the Autostadt museum annually, and if you go, maybe one of these rare rides will have reached its turn for exhibition.




Colourful VW cruise raises £600 for Farleigh Hospice



MORE than 100 Volkswagen owners cruised in a colourful and shiny convoy to raise money for a hospice.

The VW vehicles, which dated from the Fifties to 2016, set off from the Grange, in Boreham, before travelling to Castle Point for a short stop outside the council offices in Kiln Road, Benfleet.

The group, which was raising money for Chelmsford-based Farleigh Hospice, then drove on to Uncle Toms Cabin, in Shoebury.

Paul Bridger, 42, is the organiser of the SX Dub Club car meet and arranged the event with the Essex VW Night car meet club.

He said: “It was a brilliant turn out and went very well.

“We managed to raise £600 for Farleigh Hospice which is a charity close to all our hearts.”

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An electric VW Microbus will join Wolfsburg’s EV lineup

After years of teasing the public with Microbus concepts, some of which actually looked pretty close to the original thing, VW VW, -1.30%   will resurrect the popular 1960s MPV as an electric vehicle. Autocar reports that a production version of the recently seen BUDD-e concept will use the MEB platform alongside the ID, which recently made its debut in concept form at the Paris motor show.

The electric Microbus will offer seating for seven, which means it won’t be a crossover made to merely look like the original on the outside. One element that should make fans of the original warm and fuzzy will be the location of the 122kW electric motor; it will be integrated into the rear axle and will drive the rear wheels. A liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery will occupy the floor as in the ID concept, and the longer wheelbase and the wider track should give the battery plenty of room

According to Autocar, the electric Microbus will have a range of 500 kilometers as the ID concept promised, which translates into 310 miles on a single charge. When it comes to the exterior design, the EV is expected to follow the looks of the original’s upright windshield and an upright rear end, with the interior designed to maximize space. Don’t expect a blunt nose like on the original Bus — it will still need to pass crash tests. The EV is also likely to be slightly shorter than the current Transporter, which is no longer offered in North America.

The BUDD-e concept seen above is not how the Microbus will probably look; the design has not been completed and will inevitably be larger than the BUDD-e to offer seating for seven. Whether it will retain the door architecture of the original remains to be seen — the new MPV is unlikely to rely on a difficult-to-access third row of seats currently offered in a number of SUVs.

When will you be able to silently cruise the Pacific Coast Highway with a surfboard on top of the electric Microbus? VW plans to produce the ID starting in 2019, and it will be one of five electric models alongside the Microbus that the auto maker plans to bring to market before 2020.

2017 Caravan, Camping and Motorhome show details released

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Ben Fogle heads the celebrities attending the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show 2017, which takes place at Birmingham’s NEC from 21 to 26 February. Presenter of Countryfile and more recently New Lives in the Wild, Ben Fogle shares his love of the great outdoors alongside TV’s Kate Humble, Caravan and Camping Club president Julia Bradbury and one of TV’s popular bakers, Selasi Gbormittah.

The show’s Discovery Theatre will host an audience Q&A and talks by Fogle along with other celebrities on their own experiences of camping and caravanning, with tips from the industry experts on how to make the most out of outdoor adventures.

With over 350 exhibitors, including caravans, motorhomes, campervans, trailer tents, folding campers, tents, caravan holiday homes, camping equipment and thousands of accessories, February’s show provides inspiration for those planning their next holiday. The much-loved dog agility arena will return as well as many new features for 2017, including bushcraft workshops where visitors can learn essential survival skills.

This year’s show has plenty of free, have-a-go features for all the family, including an indoor children’s assault course. The Visit Wales area includes a mobile climbing mountain; a virtual reality experience of Europe’s longest zip wire; as well as an artificial caving feature where visitors can ‘rope up’ and be guided through the tunnels. A towing and manoeuvring skills area will offer expert tuition for those new to caravanning and motorhome holidays, as well as those who want to brush up on their techniques.

Advance ticket prices start from £7.00 per person and children 15 and under enter for free

Christmas gifts for VW campervan owners

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Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has launched its 2016 Christmas merchandise range which is only available from Volkswagen’s Van Centre network.

Inspired by the brand’s heritage, the new collection boasts a range of themed items that will appeal to any Volkswagen fan. Prices range from £5 for a T1-shaped Christmas biscuit cutter, to £28 for a genuine Steiff teddy bear, with special Volkswagen chest mark and red satin scarf.

The collection offers fans a variety of choices covering all tastes and budgets, whether it’s a Transporter T1 egg cup holder or distinctive T1 Christmas bauble. Model collectors should look out for the limited edition Zinc Transporter T1 piccolo model. The 1:87 Christmas special comes complete with bespoke gift packaging. The ever-popular campervan moneybox and USB sticks are also available.

For younger fans, the funky campervan tent will provide hours of fun, while looking forward to warmer days there’s the Campervan Cookbook plus a new T1 Bulli picnic blanket.

New for this year is the retro-styled Classic Campervan range of collectables. This includes round storage tins, classic campervan mugs and a set of matching coasters. There’s even a practical travel mug with lid to ensure you stand out with your coffee while out and about.

The professional Volkswagen van owner is also catered for this Christmas with Volkswagen branded business card organisers, a slimline silver pen and iPad covers now available.

VW California Ocean campervan review: ‘This van is amazing’

 VW California Ocean

The fundamental question about a car (who would buy this, ahead of any other car?) is already answered by the VW California Ocean. This is for people who want to camp in their van. All those existential questions, like “If you want a shower and a cooker and a kettle and a sofa and a bed, why not stay in a building instead?” we just have to park, which will be easier to park than the California. Ours is not to interrogate camping in principle: only in practice.

Especially if you’re eight, but even when you’re 43, the sudden acres of space at the push of buttons blow your mind. The controls are very intuitive, and the showstopper is the roof: make sure the ignition is on, the van is not moving (that bit is crucial), the windows are open, the tap is not running (just because it makes a distracting noise), you are not having a shower, the side door is open (unless you listened to me about the windows) and press the central button. The roof pops open like a clam shell. The top bed is gigantic. A small amount of jigging joins the passenger seats into a bench behind and a second double bed emerges. They are actually not as large as I thought: I thought I could sleep on the bottom with two children. When this didn’t work, it set in train an epic, childhood-defining row over which kid I would choose, which ended with me sulking in the driver’s seat like a dad in a 1960s cartoon strip.


But my God, it is amazing. You could load four adults horizontally into a vehicle that isn’t much more cumbersome than a Zafira. The drive is fine; you’re definitely aware of hoisting about more than an average load, but it has plenty of acceleration. The cornering has that distinctive white-knuckle frisson of a vehicle with high sides and a not particularly large engine, but you’re in a mobile home and should not be bouncing all over the road anyway.

Far, far more delightful than driving the thing is playing with its accessories. Pretty well everything turns into something else: the driver and front passenger’s seats, for instance, swivel 45 degrees, to become seats at a weird angle. We spent a mind-bending amount of time just playing; it was like being an incredibly spoilt womanchild with a doll’s house.

This van is amazing. The only thing I don’t know is whether or not all recreational vehicles are this amazing; if they are, modern life is incredible.

VW California Ocean

Price £50,391
Top speed 121mph
Acceleration 0-62mph in 11 seconds
Combined fuel consumption 44mpg
CO2 emissions 169g/km
Eco rating 5/10
Cool rating 10/10


VW Finds WWII-Era Bomb At Wolfsburg Factory


The expansion of Volkswagen’s largest factory uncovered an unexpected surprise late last week.

Construction workers at the automaker’s Wolfsburg headquarters last month found metal fragments in several locations, which fueled speculation that the complex was hiding more unexploded bombs from World War II.

Volkswagen’s Wolfsburg headquarters in Germany (AP Photo)

A subsequent inspection by explosives experts found an undetonated 400-pound American bomb, one of several to be found at the plant in the more than 70 years since Wolfsburg was a major target of Allied bombing campaigns.

VW told Business Review Europe that the bomb was neutralized with no impact on production.

About 700 nearby residents were expected to be evacuated as a precaution while the bomb was defused.

Ewan McGregor is Obi-VAN Kenobi in VW Camper

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Ewan McGregor heads for an Easter break at the beach in his vintage VW camper – and finds himself drawn to the park side.

The Star Wars actor, who played jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi , packed his family into the stylish Type 2 to chill out in California this week.

McGregor was seen testing the water before turning his back to a wave and getting soaked.

Read more: Ewan interested in Obi-Wan prequel

With mum Carol and dog Sydney in tow, the Trainspotting star enjoyed lunch in the van before heading up the coast.

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With his mum
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Ewan and his mum

The dad of four, who turned 45 on Thursday, revealed this week that the Trainspotting sequel will start filming next month in Glasgow.

No wonder he was keen to get some sun.