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Volkswagen's New Phone Cases are Made From Sheet Metal That Come From Texting-And-Driving Crashes

Volkswagen’s New Phone Cases are Made From Sheet Metal That Come From Texting-And-Driving Crashes

Message aside, there’s something creepy about these phone cases

Volkswagen has a new product it wants to sell. It’s not a car. It’s not a clothing line. It’s a line of iPhone 8 phone cases, each with a story to tell. The cases, called “crashed cases,” are made from the sheet metal of cars that were involved in texting-and-driving car crashes in Sweden. If for nothing else, they should serve as a reminder of what happens when drivers in Sweden don’t pay attention to the road.

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Keep Your Beer Chilled with the Volkswagen Microbus-Inspired Fridge

Keep Your Beer Chilled with the Volkswagen Microbus-Inspired Fridge

Is this fridge cool or what?

First launched in 1949, the Microbus is now one of Volkswagen’s most legendary creations, alongside the equally iconic Beetle. So it’s far from surprising that the German firm is planning to offer a new retro-looking van under the same name by 2022. Just like it’s not surprising that many people got really excited at the thought of being able to buy a modern Microbus in the near future. The only downside is that we’re almost five years away from seeing it in the metal. So just in case, you can’t handle the long wait, here’s a cool fridge you can buy.

"Did you say fridge?!" Yup, that’s what I said. You’re probably wondering what a fridge got to do with the Volkswagen Microbus. Well, Gorenje’s latest Retro Special Edition is inspired by the Volkswagen Microbus. More specifically, its design resembles that of the 1960s Microbus’ front fascia. Both the two-tone finish separated by the big V-shaped chrome trim and the "VW" emblem are there, while the handle that looks as if borrowed from the van adds to the effect. Oh, and the one used in all the commercial is painted is a gorgeous aqua blue that’s as vintage as they get. Obviously, you can also have it in red.

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Volkswagen Launches Car-Net App For Apple Watch

Volkswagen Launches Car-Net App For Apple Watch

Volkswagen of America has just announced its new Car-Net app platform that enables Apple Watch users to control a variety of functions on several VW passenger cars. The free app is currently available for download at the iTunes App Store, and promises “enhanced connectivity on the go.”

Functionality includes controls for both safety and convenience. Users can remotely lock and unlock the doors, as well as view the status of the doors, windows and sun roof to see whether they are open or closed. There’s a locater function that enables users to pinpoint their cars in a crowded parking lot, with the app providing walking or driving directions if needed. The app also provides the ability to honk the horn or flash the headlights remotely for easier location. Alert notifications can be sent for excess speed or boundary crossing if certain parameters are set.

Owners of VW vehicles with either gas or diesel engines can check fuel levels, while those driving the all-electric 2015 e-Golf can check current battery charge, view estimated driving range, turn charging on or off, and adjust the climate control.

Car-Net is currently available for select trim levels of the 2014 and later Beetle, CC, Eos, Jetta, Passat and Tiguan. All trim levels of the 2015 and later Golf, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen and e-Golf are also supported.

You can find more information here.

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2011 - 2014 Volkswagen Beetle by ABT Sportsline

2011 - 2014 Volkswagen Beetle by ABT Sportsline

The latest VW Beetle upgrades from ABT Sportsline add some real machismo to the styling, performance and handling of this lovable coupe and ragtop. Typically sold on a individual basis, the full ABT kit is also available to turn a stock Beetle into something much more sinister.

The beauty of these ABT upgrades, despite the Euro-market’s sometimes trashy appetite for car modifying products, is that they can generally be applied across any of the engines or trims from the 2011 to present Volkswagen Beetle coupe and cabriolet. This full-line strategy is smart for ABT, and with only a few pieces that are model-year or trim-specific, providing other options to fit a diesel engine or GSR. These guys know Beetles inside and out, so they are a good resource for personalizing your love bug.

Driving a fast Beetle might sound like a joke to serious GTI fans, but there is a special joy in this shape that’s still present after all these years. Additionally, a higher seating position amplifies all the senses, with the G-force feeling even more enjoyable and hilarious inside.

When you pass someone in a fast Beetle, they will be: confused, impressed, and then confused again. That is part of the fun, and ABT certainly gets it.

Click past the jump for all the details on ABT Sportsline’s upgrades to the 2011-present Volkswagen Beetle and Beetle Cabriolet.

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Volkswagen GTI Crazy Bob Sled

Volkswagen GTI Crazy Bob Sled

It’s been a rough winter in almost all parts of Europe, but if anyone se the guts to go out in weather like this then Volkswagen has a little something for them. The company has created a tool to provide some of the best sledding experiences anyone has ever had. Their new toy is a snow sled called the GTI Crazy Bob and with a name like that, it’s bound to be fun.

Crazy Bob is a hot sled, in the truest sense of the word. It was built in the GTI style with high quality, cold-resistant plastic and features ergonomically shaped front and rear footrests. Both sides are worked to offer the highest security and special runners provide excellent glide and tracking. Due to its light weight, the Crazy Bob is easy to carry on your shoulder.

The Crazy Bob can be had for 64,90 €, or about $85 at the current exchange rates. If this is too much, Volkswagen is also offering another traditional wooden sled that is priced at $65.

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Leica M9 Titanium by Walter de'Silva

Leica M9 Titanium by Walter de’Silva

We already know how much of an esteemed camera brand Leica is, but even if it’s already considered one of the premier cameras in the world, the company still went out of its way to tap a man who knows a thing or two about designing: Volkswagen chief designer Walter de’Silva.

So how did de’Silva work his designing magic and put his own stamp on a Leica M9 camera? Well, for starters, he went all out on the material and decided to use titanium with a sapphire crystal screen. The VW designer also used Nappa leather and a diamond-texture grip surface before finishing it off with a shoulder harness.

Needless to say, the fancy materials de’Silva used for the M9 Titanium camera will absolutely warrant a price tag of stratospheric numbers. Just how much is one of these limited edition 500-off cameras? Try $26,500.

Yeah, our jaws dropped down to the floor too.

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Fortis and Volkswagen Design team up for award-winning chronograph

Fortis and Volkswagen Design team up for award-winning chronograph

Timepieces are similar to cars in that there are certain levels of exclusivity involved when the price tag starts to get steeper and steeper. Just like how a Ferrari will never be as affordable as a Toyota, it also holds true for a Rolex and a Swatch.

Nothing against Toyota and Swatch but the target markets are completely different. Whereas these two target a broader segment of the population, luxury brands, like Rolex and Ferrari, have a more diluted, albeit richer, client base.

So where does a watchmaker like Fortis fall into the picture? Well, for one, it’s done quite well by partnering with Volkswagen to make one dandy watch in the Spaceleader Chronograph. Created in collaboration between Fortis and Volkswagen Design, the Fortis Chronograph has been pulling in a steady number of design awards already, including the iF product design award, the Good Design award, and the Red Dot design award.

In terms of exclusivity, this particular timepiece is as rare as it gets with only 2,012 units being built. As far as the price is concerned, well, we don’t have any info on that yet, but rest assured, it won’t come as cheap as one of those cutesy, little Swatches a lot of you are probably wearing right now.

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Volkswagen releases new ketchup line at the Techno Classica Essen

Volkswagen releases new ketchup line at the Techno Classica Essen

The next time you’re at your local diner and you need some ketchup to add flavor to your cheeseburger, don’t be surprised if the waitress gives you a Volkswagen.

The German auto giant is coming out with a tasty new product at the Techno Classica Essen and it’s got nothing to do with a new car model. Instead, they’re going to wow the world’s largest classic car show in Germany with ketchup. No you won’t see the latest Touareg, Beetle, or Golf; just a flavorful condiment.

The Volkswagen Classic Ketchup, which features an old Volkswagen Beetle on the front, was originally created by Kraft to supposedly complement the taste of VW’s curry sausage, a delicacy that’s served to VW employees at their prodution facility in Wolfsburg.

If you’re surprised that Volkswagen actually has a ketchup line, don’t be, because they’ve been producing it since 1997 and in 2009, they sold about 425,000 of these bad boys all over the world.

VW is selling one bottle of the ketchup for €3 and will only come out with about 1,000 pieces for the Techno Classica Essen.

For an auto brand that’s considered one of the largest in the world, they’re still trying to make a quick buck - or three - even if it means selling condiments to add a zing to your bratwurst.

Press Release after the jump

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