• Jun 13, 2008
Last August speculation begin to swirl about a joint collaboration between Apple and Volkswagen to produce the unofficially named iCar. All the rumors were based on a report by a German publication that claimed Apple CEO Steve Jobs had met with Volkswagen chief Martin Winterkorn. Volkwagen confirmed the meeting, but provided no specific details about what was discussed. Topics could have ranged from Apple assisting the German automaker with the user interface of its new touchscreens, as Engadget had discovered that the VW had used a touchscreen UI very similar to Apple's Cover Flow UI in its up! concepts, to a full blown collaboratively developed car, aka the iCar. As is often the case with Apple rumors, the iCar was likely more a product of what people wished for rather than what the facts suggested. The newest issue of Autobild, however, features a never-before-seen VW concept joined on the cover by an iPhone. Is this the iCar? Who knows. It will likely pop up at some point during the next auto show season and all questions will be answered, but the Apple rumor machine will likely provide us with some outrageous explanations in the meantime.

[Source: Carscoop]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Did a Hobbit design the door?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Limo? Taxi maybe?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I was just thinking about this yesterday.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It was obviously designed for the US market; that door will be a Godsend for all those rotund McD's consumers.

      ***DISCLAIMER: I am a US citizen (though a smaller than average one).
      • 6 Years Ago
      I've said it before, I'll say it again: Do not, ever, trust anything you read in Auto Bild.

      That they use a picture of the iPHONE to illustrate the sentence "As easy as an iPOD (The VW of tomorrow)" perfectly illustrates the quality of journalism you can expect from that rag.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well, it could be an iPod Touch...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, thats definitely an iPod Touch in the corner. The iPhone bezel is silver. The Touch's is black.
      • 6 Years Ago
      My German is a bit rusty, but does that say "The VW of Morning"? WTF?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Almost.
        It's "The VW of tomorrow" ;)
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ah. That makes more sense.
      • 6 Years Ago
      it better have a camera better then 2mp.


      hahaha

      • 6 Years Ago
      am I the only one that finds it sad that Apple wouldn't try and collaborate with a fellow domestic company?
      • 6 Years Ago
      an iCar would probably look boxy (like a first gen scion xB), devoid of curves, much like its current product lineup. the way it should be ;)
      • 6 Years Ago

      Auto Bild seems to be sort of like an automotive tabloid. Similiar to Auto Express in the UK.
      • 6 Years Ago
      this will not be at an autoshow. this is a thing from the past. genius but old. this was done before even bernhard joined vw. old thing.

      save the pics, you will never see them again. great project.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Both ends of the car looks like the front. although I think the one with the iTouch scanned image looks more "frontish".

      AutoBild is alright to me... they were pretty accurate on the Audi A5 last time.
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