They’re not just for the sides of buildings anymore.
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UPDATE: Changed “dogs” to “bears,” as that’s what these critters actually are. Thanks commenter Larry-Bob!
Now you’ve already seen at least one German car on the slopes above Haight Ashbury, here’s the rest of the hood. Start at the landmark Ben & Jerry’s at the intersection of Haight and Ashbury by heading uphill.
See how many small German cars you can spot one after the other parked on the street. My record is nine in a row. Here’s six altogether:
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To fit in, you’ll need a Volkswagen Jetta, Cabriolet, Passat, New Beetle, Rabbit or an Audi A4, A3 or a BMW 1-series, 3-series.
If you’re crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, you’re most likely going to encounter the famous Waldo Grade in the Marin County Headlands – it’s like the Tejon Pass (Grapevine Pass) of Northern California.
And going back to the 1950′s, a fixture on the Waldo Grade has been the Volkswagen Transporter (aka Microbus, aka Type 2) going about 30 miles per hour, straining to gain altitude in the slow lane, and getting passed by BMW’s and Mercedes Benzeses going more than twice as fast.
The license plate of this Lemon Meringue T2 reads “I pass no one.” (IPASNO1). How apropro-priate! Click to expand:
VW passengers should have plenty of time to peruse the CalTrans District 4 Activity Book, learning more about Northern California’s highway and byways…
When you want to dress up and go fishing on a dreaded sunny day in San Francisco and you want to take along your German Shepherd, leave the two-seat BMW / Izetta Bubble Car in the garage and take the much larger VW Beetle convertible instead.
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An excellent capture from Jenner8675309, via flickr.
It seems Volkswagen is making progress with fuel cell technology. VW dropped by a few places in the bay area this past week to show off their latest effort in the development of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. VW just happens to be introducing their “Tiguan” (tiger plus iguana, in German) crossover vehicle soon, so why not put this experimental propulsion technology in the latest platform?
This Tiguan uses hydrogen fuel cell technology, which differs from what BMW has done with hydrogen so far. BMW’s approach is to just modify a typical internal combustion engine so that it will accept either gasoline or hydrogen. Comedian Jay Leno explains. But this method comes with its downsides.
VW was also pleased to show off the new fifty-state-legal Jetta TDI diesel. You can’t hardly tell it’s a diesel. Look to see lots of these TDI cars on the streets of San Francisco soon. It seems everyone who owns a TDI just raves about this high-MPG technology.
Invizabul driver in the SOMA. This new 50-state-legal Jetta has plenty of power and very high MPG - perhaps you’d prefer this VW over the slightly larger and more expensive Toyota Prius hybrid?
VW says that their hydrogen fuel cell technology is seven to ten years away from being available. The sooner the better.