Today’s german auto museums are much more than vaults filled with old cars: They are structural masterpieces designed by some of the world’s leading architects and dining destinations helmed by some of Europe’s most celebrated chefs. They are shrines—to Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Volkswagen, and BMW—that have evolved over more than a decade of one-upmanship among […]
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If flower power were an alternative energy, it would propel the ZelectricBug. Instead, the car runs on lithium-iron-phosphate batteries—the same chemistry used by Tesla Motors. The batteries are stowed behind the backseat and in the nose, where the gas tank used to be. Zelectric Motors, a San Diego–based company, begins with a well-restored vintage Volkswagen […]
The original VW Phaeton was not quite ready for prime time when it arrived in the U.S. market back in 2004. It was a bold effort from the German manufacturer to take on the likes of the BMW 7 Series, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, and Lexus LS model lines. But it failed to impress those interested in […]
In a world populated by car thieves, carjackers, kidnappers, and radar-armed highway patrolmen, driving a discreet sedan makes more than a little sense. The Volkswagen Phaeton’s car-of-the-people badge and modest, Passat-on-steroids curves guarantee that the car will not appeal to drivers who prefer to advertise their status. Instead, the Phaeton offers keen pricing, high performance, […]
Being in the Volkswagen Touareg is like relaxing in your house: Everything is exactly how and where you want it. Switches are aligned perfectly with your hand. Electronic displays and chrome-rimmed dials provide no more or no less information than necessary. Seating position and visibility are ideal. The cabin is a masterpiece that grows more […]
I am en route to dresden on the German autobahn when the rain gradually dissipates in the summer sun, leaving the supersmooth roads bone-dry. The visibility is excellent, the traffic light. With a clear road ahead, I crank up the Beach Boys CD. “If everybody had an ocean.” Sam, my companion, shakes her head, knowing […]
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