1973 VW Super Beetle, Electric. Just needs batteries. The car has been fully restored - including the following new parts: paint, complete interior, tires, wheel bearings, rotors, brakes, windshield and all window and door seals, head- and tail lights, undercoating. New overload shock absorbers on rear axle for weight of lead-acid batteries. May instead use Lithium-Ion-phospate batteries.
The electric conversion kit includes: ES-15A Series D&D Electric DC Motor( 40 HP peak - 12 HP continuous, Alltrax 7245 (72 vdc/450 amp) controller, Adapter plate, contactor, volt meter, amp meter, 50mv - 500 amp shunt, fuse(400 amp slow blow), Battery Charger (5-10 amp, adjustable voltage), connectors, cables etc. (kit cost $3,000.-) This is Kit #2 from Wilderness Electric Vehicles, which is designed for around town driving at about 30 - 50 mph max. Approx. range 20 - 25 miles. The car charges on 110 volt house current via a new multiple voltage (12v - 72 v) Schumacher charger (included). Passed state inspection 2 wks. ago.
Volkswagen Beetle - Classic for Sale
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Mon, 28 Jan 2013 10:15:00 EST
TheDetroitBureau.com reports Toyota has retaken the global sales crown. The Japanese automaker turned out 9.75 million vehicles last year, putting it just ahead of General Motors, with 9.29 million vehicles. Volkswagen, meanwhile, filled out the podium by building 9.1 million units in 2012.
Mon, 18 Feb 2013 13:01:00 EST
Still, Toyota numbers fell just below projections the automaker made earlier in the year, due largely to a fierce territorial dispute between Japan and China that has seen mainland buyers shun Japanese goods. But the news marks a substantial comeback for Toyota. The company fell to third place in the global production race in 2011 after tragic earthquake and tsunami caused several plant closures.
In Japan, Toyota enjoyed a sales increase of 35 percent over the previous year, while the company's worldwide sales jumped by 23 percent thanks in part to new additions to the Prius line. The automaker is forecasting yet another increase for 2013, with the company projecting to reach 9.91 million units this year. Neither Volkswagen nor GM have released their own projections just yet.
Convertibles make you do funny things. Ask someone if they'd drive a hardtop in near freezing temperatures with all the windows down and they might not even answer, thinking the question so ridiculous. Give that same person a convertible they love and you might just have to ask them to please put the top up even when snow is on the ground.
Sat, 01 Mar 2014 09:01:00 EST
That guy has to take precautions to enjoy his proclivities, and as this new ad for the Volkswagen Beetle Convertible shows, not everyone understands. Have a watch below, and note that there's just one woman in the minute-long spot, and she's nowhere near the car. Seriously, why didn't VW run this commercial during the Super Bowl?
Reports in October 2012 claimed Volkswagen had begun investigating the creation of its own budget brand. This came after having failed to purchase Malaysian car company Proton or produce a meaningful partnership with Suzuki, and after watching Renault-Nissan make piles of euro on Dacia and plot the return of Datsun.
For VW, more important than the question of what to call it was how to build it profitably and in a way that didn't damage the VW brand. According to a report in Autocar, a satisfactory answer still hasn't been found. The hurdle is how to hit "'necessary' quality and safety levels" at the price points needed to make the venture worthwhile. At the time of the 2012 report, German outlet Der Spiegel said VW was trying to get prices down to 6,000 to 8,000 euro ($7,784 to $10,379 US), about two thousand to four thousand euro under the price of the VW Up and in line with the cost of a 6,790-euro Dacia Sandero in Germany.
In March 2013, VW announced, "We want to bring a true budget car to the market in China in the foreseeable future," the most concrete move in that direction after years of planning to make a decision. Working with local Chinese maker FAW, it was predicted that the vehicle in question would appear around 2016, but as of November last year a final vote on it needed to wait until this year because "We are still working on the cost side" and profit possibilities for a car that "has to be durable, it has to be precise, it has to be safe."