Apple is no stranger to automotive partnerships. We’ve recently seen Siri integration in the Chevy Trax and now the California tech giant has shacked up with Volkswagen to produce a one-off VW Beetle.
The fruit of the partnership, if you can excuse the pun, is the VW iBeetle. It’s a modified version of the popular Beetle and Beetle Cabriolet with full iPhone 5 integration built into the car, so you can plonk your iPhone into the cradle in the middle of the dashboard and then control features such as hands-free calls, music playback and navigation through the car’s infotainment system.
There’s even a special iPhone app that allows you to stream music via Spotify, post photos of your location online in the form of a digital postcard, check Twitter and Facebook and browse the interwebs, although we would recommend you let your passenger do all this when driving.
Said app can even fill you in on handy information such as oil and coolant temperatures, fuel consumption and driving distances and can even reads aloud messages via the iBeetle’s speakers using the built-in Reader function.
On the outside there are a few subtle differences to let the world know you have an Apple-fettled VW Beetle. As you would expect from a special edition car, the extras generously includes sizable 18-inch alloys, special sports seats and a choice of excusive paintjobs including Black Monochrome, Deep Black Pearl Effect, Oryx White Mother of Pearl, Platinum Grey and Reflex Silver. Yes, they will all match your black or white iPhone perfectly.
As revealed at the Shanghai motor show, the VW iBeetle and its Cabriolet cousin will arrive at the beginning of 2014 for an undisclosed price.