Craigslist has brought us a great many wonderful things, and now this: A 1970 Volkswagen Beetle, heavily modified to resemble KISS bassist Gene Simmons. All it takes is $10,000 and an open mind.
I'm not really a Queen fan, but the Porkka Playboys have made me care about said band and their epic, operatic rock ballad Bohemian Rhapsody more than ever before. Not only because of the Playboys' deadpan earnestness, or their unique instrumentation (accordion case drumset and melodica, to name a few), but because the entire song is performed within the confines of a ca. 1980 VW Polo.
Can't get enough covers of rock songs by a Finnish band in a strange locale? Don't worry, the Playboys also performed The Ace of Spades in a sauna (nothing obscene, but NSFW-ish).
This is the ad that Volkswagen recently took out in an issue of Auto Trader, in which they encourage readers to "eat the road." VW even listed the ingredients on the side, perhaps as a joke and perhaps as reassurance. It apparently contains glutinous rice flour, water, salt, propylene glycol, FD&C colour, and glycerine. Of course, claiming that something is edible can only lead to one thing.
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Today, in a multinational unveiling, Volkswagen showed the world the new design for their iconic car, the Beetle. The classically quirky car was originally relaunched with an updated design in 1998, and today's unveiling marked only the second refresh the car has seen. Departing from their previous designs, VW has presented a surprisingly sporty automobile they call the 21st Century Beetle.
In their announcement today in New York, the president of Volkswagen Group of America Jonathon Browning described the car as a true spiritual successor to the car first designed nearly 70 years ago by auto-legend Ferdinand Porsche. Head of Design Klaus Bischoff joined him on stage, describing how they wanted to give the car a stronger, more masculine appearance by widening the wheel base, lengthening the body, and using larger wheels.
The new design is, in general, less rounded then its predecessor, which had a dome-like profile.