Monday, 15 October 2012

VW Beetle


Some things are design classics. The little black dress? Yes. The Porsche 911? Kind of. The VW Beetle? No.

There is a new one out, and while it certainly still resembles the original Beetle and the previous incarnation, it manages to pull of the modernisation of the Beetle in a much less effeminate way than the last one.

But it's worth remembering that the previous version had been around for a very long time, and was based on an aging Golf platform. 

The new one is based on, er, an aging Golf platform, but manage to look a hell of a lot more aggressive - in the same way that David Miliband manages "tough-guy" much more easily than Ed - but is still essentially a throwback to a time when cars were crap and unreliable. 

So would I buy one? Maybe. 

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Volkswagen Golf


Is it that time again?

It doesn't seem that long ago that a new Golf was released. Oh, right, looking at the numbering, we're up to Golf Mark 7, and barely anything has changed since the Mark 4.

That's probably unfair, because it evidently has.

Technology is moving on apace, new computer systems mean that cars are getting more and more technologically advanced all the time.

But the Golf still looks like, well, it was designed in 2003.

Nothing special, it is going to look more and more dated as the model cycle progresses. But maybe that's the point - maybe the whole point of the Golf is to give the Baby Boomer market a sense of familiarity. After all, when was the last time you saw someone driving one where their hair colour was not grey?

A dated car, ready for retirement soon. Just like the potential owners.