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The U.S. Department of Transportation is looking to better protect passengers in motorcoach and large passenger bus crashes.
Holland hippie community rejoice! As of last month, Volkswagen‘s Dutch operations has debuted the 2012 model Volkswagen Bus. No, it isn’t the Bulli concept we saw earlier at Geneva, but the original Volkswagen Type 2, commonly known as the Bus or Combi.
The popularity and desirability of the classic van isn’t surprising. Current asking prices for the Bus have risen up to ten times the price of its original MSRP 30 years ago. But what’s more surprising is that new Volkswagen Buses are still being manufactured in Brazil. Overall, little has changed since the Type 2 was first introduced in the early 1970s. The exterior panels are identical, and even the door handles and headlights are left unchanged. Its gearbox is an outdated 4-speed transaxle and the Bus still uses drum brakes in the rear.
However, a crucial modification from the original is a 1.4 liter water-cooled inline-4 engine replacing the Type 2′s original air-cooled boxer 4. What’s more, the spare tire mount out in front is actually a radiator in disguise. Also, thanks to demands in the Brazilian market, the new 1.4 liter engine is capable of taking both ethanol and gasoline.
Sold as a camper, the Bus comes fully equipped with a gas stove, a water pump, a mini fridge, and a built-in oven. Seats will be identical to the original but the dashboard receives a modern makeover featuring an updated instrument panel. Additional options that are available include flatscreen TV with a DVD player, but don’t get too crazy. Prices for the 2012 Bus will start at a precious 44,995€ to 55,995€ ($61,000 to $76,000).
Available only in the Netherlands, the 2012 Bus can be registered anywhere in the European Union.
GALLERY: 2012 Volkwagen Bus
[Sources: Left Lane News]
Police in Detroit have impounded a strip club on wheels dubbed “The Booty Lounge” after it was spotted by Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions.
Joe Parsons, operator of The Booty Lounge, was busted for a number of technical violations, including being unable to prove that the bus had passed a safety inspection. Parsons also did not have the appropriate driver’s license needed to drive a bus. Detroit Police were unable to confirm whether The Booty Lounge was, shall we say, “open for business” when police pulled the vehicle over.
[Source: Detroit News]
Stop the presses! President Obama, champion of American jobs and lower taxes, is touring this great nation in a $1.1-million luxury tour bus—built in CANADA!
Obama’s Prevost VIP H3-45, nicknamed “Greyhound One,” is the same model used by touring artists such as Rush, Nickelback, and Loverboy. It comes with all of the armor and accoutrements as befitting the American president: armored doors, teleconferencing equipment, flatscreen televisions tuned to CBC News, big comfy couches, a maple syrup dispenser, and enough storage space for hockey sticks and curling brooms. It is also equipped with Obama’s nuclear launch codes in his “football,” in case the ghost of Diefenbaker attacks us with the last remaining Avro Arrow.
The Secret Service justified the purchase of the coach for security reasons. “There are certain security and communications equipment that we’ll have in there,” said Ed Donovan, a Secret Service spokesman. ”It’s just a better situation for us rather than leasing something and then putting in temporary equipment.”
Those looking to Prevost for the catalyst to a presidential conspiracy can take heart, however: the bus was upgraded by Hemphill Brothers Coach, based in Whites Creek, Tennessee, a town where a Tim Horton’s has yet to open. The government paid $2.2 million to Hemphill Brothers for two coaches, as well as the upgrades—which ran for half the cost.
After Obama’s tour, the Secret Service may make the bus available to other politicians who need the protection—including GOP presidential nominees. Michelle Bachmann might turn to dust if she steps inside, however.
Look for the little green car in this video. No, not that one. See it?
It’s just another day in Bangladesh (according to the comments), one of the many South Asian countries with more notorious drivers than the last 6 Nicholas Cage movies. After the bus knocks over the other one, the little green car ejects itself from the scene of the crime like a wayward booger. It appears to be a tuk-tuk, traveling alongside the bus without enough time to stop its puny self.
We hope nobody was seriously injured, though Mr. Tuk-Tuk Driver may have to wipe down his seat. Click the jump to see the whole video.
Charlie Sheen’s “trailer”, which was actually a converted coach bus, was towed off of the Warner Bros lot recently, after executives decreed it could no longer stay beside the Two and a Half Men sound stage where it had previously lived.
While Sheen’s bus was previously described as a “total hang-out pad,” where the actor would go when on a break from shooting the sitcom, we can definitely say that having your trailer removed from the set of your hit show does not qualify as “winning”. Sheen eventually sent for a mechanic so that the bus could be driven rather than towed out of the lot.
[Source: Entertainment Weekly]
It’s a bird… It’s a plane… It’s a… bus? Superbus, actually (despite the Batmobile-esque appearance of the thing). And it’s electric. An electric Superbus (no relation to the 70′s disco classic) straight out of Holland (or is it called the Netherlands?).
Whichever it is, one thing’s for certain: this ain’t your grandmammy’s bus. This 20,000 lb Dutch bad-boy is being touted as a cross between an electric supercar and a luxury limo, powered by an 800-horsepower electric motor that would make the Superbus capable of reaching speeds upwards of 155mph (between stop requests, of course). Your trip to the craft store just got a whole lot quicker, grandma.
Conceptually, the lightweight, carbon fiber-fitted Superbus makes for an interesting read, but what if we told you some Dutch design students actually built the thing? Well, they did – and they’re currently doing laps around the test track. Sure, it hasn’t gone over 50-mph yet, can “only” hold 23 passengers, and at this stage has cost so far £7.5 million to develop, but it’s still early in the game. Plus they’ve added a headphone jack to the media center, so it’s got that going for it.
While the sources below may seem a bit “cautiously optimistic” about the long-term practicalities of a need-for-speed Superbus – going as far as imagining the creation of a special urban highway network just to run these puppies, which are anticipated to hit the roads in the Netherlands first. Whether or not that comes to pass is a ways away, but when you take into consideration the vast landscapes of eastern Europe, Africa, and Asia, the potential for affordable, speedy, eco-friendly travel could soon be a reality for many people. In North America, we would, presumably, be using it mostly to get from L.A. to Vegas on the weekends. Go Dutch!