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Behold the 1978 Volkswagen Fuzzy Furry Furbie

A 1978 Volkswagen Beetle has been transformed into a fuzzy critter and is now available for sale.

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"Furbie gets attention wherever she goes," the vehicle description reads. Ya think?! A 1978 Volkswagen Beetle is currently listed on Autotrader UK and it comes with all the fur included - but that's not all.

It has large furry ears attached to the roof, faux whiskers at the front, headlight "eyelids", and modified dual exhaust. Its front plate reads "FURBIE".

Underneath the fur is a 1978 Beetle with 48 bhp coming from its 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. The engine is paired with a five-speed manual transmission. It has an ignition key and a faux key at the back that "swings like a wind up toy at the push of a switch" according to the listing.

The car only has 15,000 miles on it meaning that the 42-year old car has averaged just 357 miles per year to date. The owner isn't a mechanic, but says, "I've driven it on a 100 mile round trip and never missed a beat."

First registered in 1978, the Beetle is a historic vehicle, so is exempt from both tax and MOT.

Volkswagen ceased production of the Beetle late last year putting an end to the era signing off on the model with a commercial on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve". It is one of Volkswagen's most memorable vehicles though this particular car takes the term memorable in a whole different direction.

Currently, the UK is under lockdown meaning that the car cannot be purchased at this time. However, there's no reason why you can't do some virtual windows shopping and make your plans for purchasing once the order lifts.

Vintage Volkswagens are hot right now, especially Type 2s, which are being made into electric vehicles. The VW e-BULLI concept was first shown in March and a Type 2 with an e-Golf powertrain debuted last November. Last year, Volkswagen helped restore the VW Light Bus and showcased the project in a documentary.

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The Volkswagen ID.4 will debut this year.

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The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 will be uvelied later this month. Before it is shown sans camouflage to the public, the automaker has revealed a plan that would give ID.4 owners three year of unlimited, free charging on Electrify America's nationwide network of ultra-fast chargers.

Electrify America currently has more than 470 charging stations and over 2,000 DC fast chargers nationwide. The company currently boasts two cross-country charging routes and recently announced a partnership with Love's Travel Stops for additional charging station placement. Additionally, the company will soon compete with Amazon and sell Electrify Home charging units, complete with installation.

Electrify Home Electrify America will compete with Amazon by selling at-home EV charging stations. Photo courtesy of Electrify America

Electrify America is currently the only open, public charging network to offer chargers with power levels up to 350 kilowatts. Across the country, 96 percent of the population live within 120 miles of an Electrify America charger.

"With a relentless commitment to driving the electric vehicle industry forward, Electrify America opened DC fast-charging stations at an accelerated pace of 1.2 per business day in 2019," said Giovanni Palazzo, president and chief executive officer of Electrify America. "As more and more electric vehicles are introduced to the market, and consumer interest grows, we are excited to announce this agreement with Volkswagen to deliver fast and accessible charging to ID.4 customers and a new wave of EV adopters."

"The ID.4 was engineered, loaded and priced to win the hearts of SUV owners who are simply ready to go electric—and fall in love with Volkswagen again," said Scott Keogh, CEO, Volkswagen Group of America. "By adding three years of fast charging at no additional cost through Electrify America, we are eliminating all barriers for mainstream compact SUV buyers to go electric."

Electrify America continues to expand. The company plans to install or have under development approximately 800 total charging stations with about 3,500 DC fast chargers by December 2021.

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Volkswagen has chosen a name for its new SUV.

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The forthcoming new Volkswagen SUV will be called the Taos after the town in New Mexico. The name was chosen to specifically appeal to North American customers, who are the target market for the SUV, which Will slot below the Tiguan in the VW lineup.

“We're thrilled to announce the name for the newest member of the Volkswagen family," said Hein Schafer, Senior Vice President for Product Marketing and Strategy, Volkswagen of America, Inc. "It was important to choose a name that really embodied the nature of the car and the town of Taos, New Mexico was a perfect fit. It's a small city that offers big things—from outdoor adventure to arts and design and great cuisine."

Taos New Mexico Taos, New Mexico is the namesake for a forthcoming Volkswagen model.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

"We are excited that Volkswagen has named their sport utility vehicle after the town of Taos," said Taos Mayor Dan Barrone. "It's a great opportunity for our community to share its rich history and culture alongside Volkswagen with its unique and rich history and culture."

Taos, New Mexico is a thriving small town of 6,000 people. It has a 400-year history and a 1,000-year-old Native American community just a few miles from the center fo town. Artists and skiers flock to the city, which is noted for its stunning landscapes.

Incidentally, Taos was also home to John Muir, an engineer turned mechanic, and author of "How To Keep Your Volkswagen Alive: A Manual of Step-by-Step procedures for the Compleat Idiot." First published in 1969, and illustrated by local artist Peter Aschwanden, this counter-culture guide to Volkswagen repairs quickly developed a popular following. The book, started in Muir's Taos shop, has helped keep countless VW models running, from Beetles and Buses to Type 3 and Type 4 models.

Volkswagen promises that the new Taos “will offer great value, excellent fuel economy, and great packaging, as well as advanced infotainment and driver-assistance features”.

The 2022 Volkswagen Taos will be revealed on October 13.

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