Jeremy Cutts of Idaho, his wife Stacey and their two little girls age 10 and 11 are all big Volkswagen fans. So when they spotted a VW pickup truck that had been abandoned for 45 years and gradually buried in the foothills outside of Idaho Falls, they weren't just going to leave it there
seem to have no issue
with Volkswagen's new Super Bowl ad, others however are of a different opinion
, going so far as to deem the content racist
On Friday night in Porto Alegre, Brazil, a banker named Ricardo Neis was driving behind a group of about 150 Critical Mass cyclist/activists who were riding en masse to promote inner-city cycling. Neis claims he felt threatened
: his response to this feeling was to literally plow through the cyclists at full speed
(incident begins at about 50 seconds into video). Miraculously, none of the cyclists were killed. Witnesses to the incident were shocked
. Neis eventually abandoned his VW Golf
before his involvement was discovered. Local cyclists doubt he will be charged with a crime
MLYT:This is advertising--but it is advertising that made me laugh at the end of a horrible week. So, I give you the elevator
, the shopping carts
and my favorite, the slide
The acquisition of Porsche by Volkswagen
, just weeks after a Porsche attempt to take over VW via a series of complex stock options backfired
appears to be the latest salvo in the longstanding feud between cousins Ferdinand Piech
and Wolfgang Porsche
. [more inside]
is basically the practice of selling borrowed shares, with the intention of purchasing them back later at a lower price. It amounts to a placing a bet on the share value dropping, is a favoured move of hedge funds
, and has been recently blamed
for much of the current economic mayhem.
However, when last Sunday Porsche
tersely announced that, in addition to its 44% of Volkswagen
's shares, it had secured 31% through cash-settled call options
, the invisible hand of the market gave those short-sellers an atomic wedgie
Since the German state of Lower Saxony
holds just over 20% of VW, Porsche's disclosure meant that, in fact, there were only 5% of VW's shares left on the market, whereas traders were shorting for about 13% of those shares. This set off the "Mother of All Short Squeezes
". [more inside]
Audi released its new super-sportscar, the R8, at the Paris Autoshow today.
With cars like the R8 and the Bugatti Veyron
at the top end and the Toyota
, there's lots of neat stuff going on in the automotive world...just not from GM, Ford
Maybe it's just me, but pumping out crap like this
may be part of the reason. Just guessing.
Patrick Dawes and Eugene Bazodis
aka Patrick and Eugene. Mr Dawes is the sometime percussionist for Groove Armada
, but the pair may be most familiar to Americans through that catchy little number heard on the Volkswagen rabbit commercial
entitled The Birds and The Bees.
(They apparantly did this earlier as an instrumental to push Gordon's Gin). They do have albums, most notably Summerisle
, a mixture of jazz, ska, world, unlikely covers, and what have you. Possibly a little twee for many, but not without merit.
A cartoon video of the great hit found here
So now you know.
From the outside it's hard to guess this is a car factory
. But then again, even from the inside the parquet floors
and lack of shelves
may have thrown you off. Welcome to VW's Incredible Glass Factory
the (new) Pope
's (old) Mobile
I used Babelfish
to translate it (Google's translation
apparently doesn't work on eBay).
Only 1.7 million pageviews so far.
Is this any way to sell Volkswagens?
[note: QT link] This "viral ad" for the VW Polo has been making the rounds, leaving a trail of exasperated disgust, outrage, and guilty snickering in its wake. VW's ad agency, Doyle Dane Bernbach
, however, claims that it's bogus. (I asked them). Paging Snopes
Best. Transformers. Video. Ever.
CGI render of a new VW Beetle transforming into a transformer with live background [1.5 meg mpg video]. Makes me wonder if a live-action Transformers TV show would work, with real actors and CGI rendered robots. I'd certainly watch it.
The Craziest VW I've ever seen
Volkswagen's new W12 Coupe.. Woah...
vs. Virtual Works
case is a lot like the eToys vs. ETOY battle. The vw.net site is owned by a small ISP that has been using it for the last few years, but VW is saying that their brand is diluted and their trademarks infringed when another company uses the initials "vw". Like the eToys case, it looks like Volkswagon has convinced a court
of this and will be taking the domain soon. If you remember the different top level domains, .org is for non-profits and organizations, .com is for commercial ventures and corporations, and .net is for network companies and network providers. One would think an ISP qualifies for a .net, and that VW should be perfectly happy with their .com domain, or am I missing something here?