Tag Archives: Volkswagen

Transformers and the Iconic Cars

Transformers and the Iconic Cars

'91 Lamborghini DiabloYou might think that the Transformers vehicles are limited to the hot yellow Chevy Camaro, the big semi truck cab, the Hummer, and the Pontiac Solstice. Those who are new to the world of Transformers are often surprised to find out that there are several different versions of the characters that change from recognizable vehicles to powerful robots. These are a few of the most iconic vehicles in the Transformer universe:

There Were Other Cars in Back to the Future

There Were Other Cars in Back to the Future

DMC-12 Delorean When you look back at the wildly popular Back to the Future, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2015, you might think of Marty McFly, Biff, Doc Brown, and the DeLorean DMC-12. The characters and the car appeared in all three episodes of the movie and they all created memorable moments that make that movie timeless. These are a few of the other vehicles that you might not remember from the Back to the Future trilogy:

Animated Characters Selling Automobiles Over the Years

Animated Characters Selling Automobiles Over the Years

Photo Courtesy of www.biography.com

Photo Courtesy of www.biography.com

Car commercials and animated characters have gone hand-in-hand since car commercials hit the small screen. From Snoopy and the Peanuts Gang to modern anime, animated characters are useful tools for selling cars of all makes and models. These are a few of the more memorable cartoon characters and the cars they sold:

'56 Nash RamblerDisney Characters and 1955 Nash Rambler: Back in the mid-century, Disney characters played big roles in big commercials. Jiminy Cricket actually sang a version of his iconic “When You Wish Upon a Star” song for the Nash Rambler. Pegleg Pete, the mean cat, also was featured in a spot for Nash.

What to Name Your Car

What to Name Your Car

'70 Oldsmobile 442It is true that cars come with names. Corvette, Miata, Mustang, ES300, Prius, i3, to name a few. But, when you really get to know your car, there is nothing wrong with giving your car its very own name. You know your car better than anyone else, from its check-engine light that never turns off (even after repairs), to the perfect level to lower the windows when driving on the highway, to its favorite type of gas. If you have been wanting to name your car, but you have not had the right inspiration, here are a few ideas:

6 Top Cars that Make Men a Little Less Manly

6 Top Cars that Make Men a Little Less Manly

72 Volkswagen Super BeetleThere are a few vehicles that seem to be designed for men, buy men. Pontiac GTO. Dodge Charger. Ford F-Series. Even though these cars scream masculinity, it is still acceptable for women to get behind the wheel and drive these powerhouse vehicles. On the flip side, there are some cars that whisper femininity. Unlike the masculine cars and women drivers, men look plain silly driving these girly cars: Here are 6 Top Cars that Make Men a Little Less Manly:

Expensive Cars to Repair

Expensive Cars to Repair

'94 Dodge ViperAnyone who has ever owned a car knows this statement to be true: Cars are not cheap to own. Taking the cost of the car, insurance, fuel, and maintenance into account, the actual cost to own the car is usually close to double the cost of the actual monthly car payment that people pay. Yes, many cars come with excellent warranties, but once those run out, the actual cost to repair several makes and models can be absolutely outrageous. These are a few of the highest:

Cars Named for Mythological Gods and Goddesses

Cars Named for Mythological Gods and Goddesses

'62 Buick ElectraWhere do cars get their names? This question stumps many car buyers. Many car buyers do not understand the reasoning for the collection of seemingly random letters and numbers. While many car buyers are able to connect many of the names to timely events, like the space race, the cars that received those names rarely looked like their namesakes. For example, the Chevy Corvette was named for a warship, but the car is sporty and compact, nothing like a warship. Many cars were named after mythological gods and goddesses, but it seems as if some car manufacturers did not consider the stories of those gods when they chose the names.

The Longest-Running Classic and Collectible Cars

The Longest-Running Classic and Collectible Cars

'72 BeetleNew cars today just don’t seem to last. Production runs and product lifecycles aren’t what they used to be, with a few exceptions. Some collectible and classic cars have been around for decades and these are the brands and names that collectors love. A legacy is important to brand recognition, loyalty, and collectability.

'69 Ford Mustang

The Chevy Corvair

Chevy Corvair : When you are a kid in grade school people will make fun of you if you copy what someone else is doing with the schoolyard chant of “monkey see, monkey do.”

However, when it comes to automobile manufacturing mimicking the success of others is simply good business.

When you look at the history of the industry you find that many vehicles  that we have come to know and love were “inspired” shall we say by a model produced by another company that had great success.

Remember Volkswagen The Thing?

1973-vw-thingVolkswagen The Thing: If you were around and aware of motor vehicles during the 1970s you may have found yourself perplexed when you saw a strange new animal on the roadways. Here was this vehicle that looked kind of like a small Jeep, with a convertible top and kind of a corrugated body.

You couldn’t help but notice its, well, let’s say “homeliness,” but the Pumpkin Orange or Sunshine Yellow color was certainly hard to miss.

This vehicle that we are referring to is the Volkswagen Thing, but it was only called the Thing in North America. The car was known as Trekker in the United Kingdom and Safari in Mexico, and its generic designation was Volkswagen 181.