TodayApril 16, 2022

2012 VW Beetle turbo – cars and earthquakes on Driving the Nation

Warren Brown writes for the Washington Post. Warren and I were at the 2012 Volkswagen full-line event where we got to drive all of Volkswagen’s cars. When Volkswagen found out it was Warren and his wife’s, Mary Anne, 42nd anniversary they brought out a prototype turbo 2012 Volkswagen Beetle that Warren could take home with him.

Warren and I talked about the changes to the Beetle, what we thought, how difficult it would be to redesign such an iconoclastic car.

Listen to Warren and I as we drive the backroads of Virginia on our way to see Mary Anne. By the time we got to Mary Ann the car was nowhere on her mind as Washington DC had just had an earthquake, the first earthquake Mary Anne had ever experienced.

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.