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"We want to work in partnership with companies to succeed."

On Friday, the results of an unionisation vote in Volkswagen's Chattanooga, Tennessee plant were announced. The United Auto Workers had worked with German union, IG Metall, to encourage the creation of a works council, common in Germany, in the plant. [more inside]
posted by frimble on Feb 17, 2014 - 124 comments

 

Buried Treasure

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...
posted by the latin mouse on Feb 2, 2014 - 15 comments

It's a van, it's a bus, it's a camper

Effective 12/31, it will no longer be manufactured. I was more surprised to learn that the VW Bus was still being manufactured in 2013.
posted by COD on Sep 25, 2013 - 66 comments

Dog Wars

Like dogs? Like Star Wars? here ya go! [SLYT, VW-Blue, intentional viral, more disclaimers, one more disclaimer)
posted by HuronBob on Jan 18, 2012 - 31 comments

"Want to play a chord? Try not to die."

Piano Stairs! (Not everyone thinks they're a good idea.) Also see "The Deepest Trash Can". Both videos are from Volkswagon Sweden, whose new English-language website, TheFunTheory is still under construction. But here's the Swedish-language version.
posted by zarq on Oct 9, 2009 - 26 comments

Cleaning Up.

As the Bay Area looks to become the electric vehicle capital of America, the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI won the Green Car of the Year Award at the LA Auto Show.
posted by gman on Nov 22, 2008 - 34 comments

Beep-Beep-mm, Beep-Beep, Yeah!

West Coast Classic Restoration specializes in restoring vintage Volkswagens and Porsches, and they have lots of photos of their restoration process.
posted by fandango_matt on Nov 6, 2007 - 12 comments

Jet-Powered VW Beetle

The Beetle was chosen because it looks cool with the jet and it shows it off well. [link via Make Blog (with photos)]
posted by drezdn on Mar 5, 2006 - 26 comments

Veedub representing deutschland

Veedub holding it down on tha engineering tip y'all
posted by 13twelve on Feb 23, 2006 - 37 comments

Carthedral

"Q: Is that another car on top?
 A: Yes, it's a VW bug."
-- Carthedral. A few more (clearer, daylight) photos here.
posted by Gator on Feb 19, 2006 - 27 comments

VW Multivan

Secret Pictures of the VW Multivan Leaked. It's like a van, with a car on the side.
posted by jonah on Jun 2, 2005 - 14 comments

What Would Jesus Drive?

Buy 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.
posted by fenriq on Apr 29, 2005 - 8 comments

The Jihadmobile, Small but Tough

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.
posted by digaman on Jan 18, 2005 - 68 comments

Best. Transformers. Video. Ever.

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.
posted by PWA_BadBoy on Jun 9, 2002 - 28 comments

VW introduces a car that gets around 235 miles per gallon (1 liter per 100km).

VW introduces a car that gets around 235 miles per gallon (1 liter per 100km).
When should we expect Ford to release a commercial in which the newest heir to the auto dynasty relates how his father shot bears with Einstein and was told by him, in confidence, that he thought small cars were for whiny little babies?
posted by internetgeniuses on Apr 17, 2002 - 48 comments

Have a favorite vehicle?

Have a favorite vehicle? Looking for a late night, post-office party romp, well keep an eye out for the Spanish or Italian gent in his Porsche Boxter, or the Chesire lady in her Volkswagen Beetle. Be sure to stay clear of stick shifts and men from Southeast England.
posted by Voyageman on Dec 18, 2001 - 20 comments

Beetle Buggin'

Beetle Buggin' is a fun game from HP made for it's VW Beetle giveaway. [Flash reqd.]
posted by riffola on Dec 6, 2001 - 6 comments

The Craziest VW I've ever seen

The Craziest VW I've ever seen Volkswagen's new W12 Coupe.. Woah...
posted by Dav0xor on Nov 10, 2001 - 22 comments

Mystery-Machine chic?

Mystery-Machine chic? The newest "fad"-mobile? Or the vehicle of choice for today's demanding soccer-mom? Bring out the ex-hippies, it's time for the VW Microbus. Flash required.
posted by robbie01 on May 17, 2001 - 18 comments

Teenager runs his VW Jetta with used canola oil.

Teenager runs his VW Jetta with used canola oil.
posted by Mr. skullhead on Jul 20, 2000 - 5 comments

VW New Beetle Grand Prix...that's just dope.
posted by NickBarat on Jul 13, 2000 - 11 comments

The VW 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?
posted by mathowie on Feb 29, 2000 - 8 comments

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