VW Microbus Making a Comeback?

This is how a new Microbus could look
Auto blogs and Volkswagen lovers were abuzz recently because of this tweet from the company, “Klaus Bischoff confirms #VW is working on plans to ‘bring back’ a new version of the Microbus! Interested?”  Bischoff is Volkswagen’s Chief Designer and he told the British magazine Auto Express that “I would not be doing my job at Volkswagen properly if I was not thinking of bringing back the Camper.”

The Microbus first went into production in 1950 and was the second car released by Volkswagen after its iconic Beetle.  One of the first passenger vans, the “Bus”, as it’s often affectionately called, became a symbol of the Free Love movement in the 60’s and they were often seen painted with peace signs and other colorful, psychedelic artwork.  There were several models of the Microbus available including a fully outfitted camper, a panel van, and a pick up truck.  An ambulance model was even introduced in 1951.  The iconic Type 2 bus ceased production in the U.S. and Europe in 1979 but it is still being made in Brazil.  The original Microbus is a sought after item by collectors and restorers.

In 2001, Volkswagen first announced its intention of bringing a revamped Microbus back onto the auto market.  The company hoped to appeal to the same sense of consumer nostalgia that had made their relaunch of the Bug a success in 1998.  Unfortunately, the new Bus design had little in common with the original and the concept was scrapped in favor of bringing the Routan minivan to the market.

After years of waiting, is it finally time for the Volkswagen Microbus to make a comeback?  If it bears some resemblance to the original vehicle but is packed full of innovative features that meet the demands of today’s consumers, it just might have appeal for aging baby boomers and a new generation of fans.

Fred Flintstone’s car is real! Flip your hands to reach 90 kmh

Fred Flitstone had an origianal car! It only worked with..feet power! A British inventor inspired by the Flintstone’s cartoons created the car that uses the human hands as means of propulsion.

Who didn’t wanted to have a car similar to the one of Fred Flintstone? Well it seams that our dreams can now become a reality: a car that uses our hands for propulsion was invented, and this car can reach a speed of 90 kmh.

The HumanCar Imagine PS is the result of more than 40 years of work and developed by the British Engineer Charles Greenwood. The vehicle can transport four people, and when all four people use their hands to move the car, the car is moved exclusively by human force.

When there are less passengers, the human effort is doubled by a battery. HumanCar and go on hills with 50 kmh and can reach 96 kmh when moving horizontally.

What you are going to see is just the prototype: next year, HumanCar is going to be available for sale, it will have a roof, a touch screen for people that are not driving and of course, GPS Navigation. Everything will cost around 12.000 Euro.

BMW will release it’s first electrical car

The MegaCity car will be made out of carbon fiber, just like Formula 1 cars.

The first electrical car from BMW is on its way! Megacity Vehicle, which will be released in 2013 is made out of carbon fiber and aluminum and it will be built using the LifeDrive structure, strong as steel, however 50% lighter than aluminum.

The electric engine will be placed behind the car. Batteries, the most heaviest components of the vehicle will be placed under the aluminum chassis.

BMW also said that the car will have 35 KWh lithium-ion batteries and the design will be sportive and stylish. The company underlined that the car will be pretty expensive.

4 special concept cars

In this article we invite you to discover 4 amazing special concept cars that changed, more or less, the world!

Bill Schmidt, desiger at Lincoln by the half of the 20th century, was in a special trip for scuba diving when, after a very close encounter with a shark, he had a revelation. He shortly designed the lines of a car, which was only a oncept, in 1955. The car is named Future, having the shape of a shark and an interior covered in secure glass, just like a submarine. $250.000 were invested in this project, and the money were not lost. Lincoln Futura was used as a Batmobile in the Batman movie released in 1966.

Do you now what Steve Jobs said at that last Apple presentation. That he spend his childhood watching The Jetsons and Star Trek and dreaming about the technologies he saw there. He is finally happy that the new iPhone make video calls. We mentioned the jetsons because in that tv show the car in the picture below was used, Ford FX-Atmos. In 1954, Ford showed this revolutionary concept, in shape of a rocket and dome style coupe, from glass. Unfortunately,  nobody believed in this concept. NObody but the creators of The JEtsons, which made this concept very famous.

When they are not dealing with major crises, General MOtors can design extraordinary concepts, just like this Sunraycer, built in 1987. The plastic and aluminum car was covered by 7200 solar panels that fueled a small electrical engine. The car raced in a 1850 miles race in Australia, and it was a winner. The concept didn’t really had any future, but this was an inspiration for the engineers that designed the EV-1 Model.

In 2007, inventor and ecologist Guy Negre, presented this concept that worked only on compressed air, somehow fulfilling the dream of Jules Verne. The car loads with air in approximately 4 hours and can run 200 km’s with the air in it’s tanks.Obviously that it doesn’t pollute at all. How did this concept changed the world? Well, it inspired the people over at TaTa motors, which currently they have an own concept and a car that will be produced.

Photo Gallery: The most luxurious Volkswagen, Phaeton

Volkswagen presented new photos of the Phaeton facelift, who now has another chance of success. well, at least in China.

The story of the Phaeton model is already known by everyone and represents a decent enough proof about how hard it is to get a piece of the luxury auto market. Although it doesn’t lack performance and comfort, Phaeton provied to be only a very costly experiment and nothing much. Costly because of the money invested to create the car, and also due to the transparency of the factory in Dresda, especially built by Volkswagen to produce this model.

Volkswagen doesn’t give up, and even if they haven’t announced a successor for Phaeton, it gives the current model another change, through the help of a facelift.

The facelift is represented by the complete change of the front. A new spoiler, a new grill, a new and bigger air vent and head headlights with the LED line in the bottom area. The car looks better, because it already had 7 years of production and this showed. Especially that since then the generation of all competing models have changed. The back is also changed, the tail lights are also based on LED, like the models of other brands.

The interior received some discrete changes, more materials being replaced with other of better quality. It also offers more options to combine colors. Volkswagen puts money in this chapter on the wishes of the clients, announcing nearly limitless personalization limits through the help of the Volkswagen Exclusive department. Phaeton is offered in a version with 3 seats in the back or only 2 individual seats. You can also opt for a longer version, 120 mm longer, for a plus of space and comfort.

Regarding engine, we have a turbo diesel engine and 2 gas engines. The smallest gas engine is a V6 FSI that offers 280 horse power, being followed by a V8, with 335 horse power. At the top, we find the popular W12 6 liter engine, who’s maximum power can reach 450 horse power. The Turbo diesel is the V6, offering 240 horse power. The same engine can be find on many VW and Audi models.

VOlkswagen doesn’t expect miracles from this facelift. It is already clear to them that the Phaeton will not be able to “touch” the BMW 7 series, A8 or S-Klasse, even if the price is much lower. Volkswagen only hopes to recover some of the losses created by this model through a better performance on the Chinese market, a very important one, which is not so pretentious as the European market.

Below you can see a photo gallery with the new Volkswagen Phaeton, the facelift model: