Posts Tagged ‘VW’

The Slapped-Together Aircraft Advertising Rum Above San Francisco

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

Would you look at this airplane seen flying above San Francisco? It’s life-size, not a model. Can you see the Volkswagen Beetle-esque four cylinder boxer motor hanging off the front of it? Appears to be home-made.

It’s amazing that this little thing could tow a billboard (for refreshing Malibu Rum in this case) but that’s what it was doing. No N-Number visible – perhaps this aircraft is too small a plane to need to register with the pesky F.A.A.

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Maybe you can’t advertise hard liquor on billboards near public schools anymore, but you can always fly low and slow right above the schools.

Hurray.

The Famous Blue and Green Bears of Sirron Norris are All Over San Francisco

Saturday, June 6th, 2009

They’re not just for the sides of buildings anymore.

See? They’re even on Volkswagen Transporters, as here in the Inner Richmond.

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UPDATE: Changed “dogs” to “bears,” as that’s what these critters actually are. Thanks commenter Larry-Bob!

If You’re Going to San Francisco, Get a Small German Car Like Everybody Else

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

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. 

Zoom zoom.

The Eternal Struggle: Volkswagen Transporters vs. Waldo Grade

Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

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…

This German Shepherd is Ready to Roll in San Francisco

Sunday, June 29th, 2008

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.

Of course. Click to enlarge:

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An excellent capture from Jenner8675309, via flickr.

Volkswagen Comes to San Francisco to Show Off Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology

Monday, June 16th, 2008

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?

CNET was there at the W Hotel and they took some photos. Wired also took some shots, plus they have a nice rundown on the whole affair.

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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.

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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?   

And let’s not forget about the Jetta TDI Cup Race, which shows the young’uns that diesel engines have come a long way since the bad old days. It’s the first clean diesel racing series evah.

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A  speedy TDI at the yummy XYZ restaurant in San Francisco.

VW says that their hydrogen fuel cell technology is seven to ten years away from being available. The sooner the better.