Volkswagen has teamed up with Apple to offer a special version of the Beetle that comes with an integrated iPhone, a docking station, and a specially developed app. Going on sale from 2014, the iBeetle will be available in both coupe and cabrio variants. You can also get the package as an optional extra if you already own a Beetle.
The system includes a newly designed docking station (cradle) on center of the Beetle’s dashboard. Once you put your iPhone in it, all the features of the phone can be used in the car. It can be used to navigate, telephone via a hands-free unit, listen to music from the media library via the audio system’s amplifier and loudspeakers, and much more. This is a more logical solution than spending big bucks on a fancy infotainment system.
The bespoke Volkswagen Car Net The Beetle is designed so it can connect the iPhone, docked or undocked, to the Beetle’s data network. It’s capabilities goes beyond navigation and music, as you get a menu with the following functions is available: “Spotify”, “Expert”, “Trainer”, “Reader”, “Postcard”, “Photo”, “Post” and “Milestones”. Each features gives you access to the corresponding service. Out favorite is the “Reader” which can read aloud the latest messages from social networks like Facebook.
The iBeetle can also be customized inside and out, with features features such as:
18-inch “Disc” alloy wheels (painted in “Galvano Grey” with chrome wheel covers), door mirror housings and side trim panels in “Galvano Grey”, black door sill plates with “iBeetle” signature, “iBeetle” chrome badges and a “Chrome pack” (includes chrome trim strips on the sides). The iBeetle can be ordered in “Candy White”, “Oryx White Mother of Pearl Effect”, “Black Monochrome”, “Deep Black Pearl Effect”, “Platinum Grey” or “Reflex Silver”, steering wheel accents in “Galvano Grey”, customised gear shift grip, black sport seats in exclusive “Vienna” leather and contrasting seams in light “Ceramique”.