The first VW Group product to fully integrate with the Apple iPhone 5 is the Volkswagen iBeetle, which has recently been introduced at the Shanghai Motor Show. The features on the iBeetle edition include the new iPhone interface, a set of 18in alloy wheels, iBeetle badging, leather seats and a chrome pack. It starts selling in early 2014.
The iPhone has been integrated into the vehicle. In particular, the unit can be fitted into the dashboard and the owner can then make use of all iPhone functions.
We also learned that a Volkswagen app is being developed. This software dubbed as the ‘Volkswagen Car Net The Beetle’ enables occupants to make use of the phone’s data connection, permitting users to stream music from Spotify, listen to Facebook or Twitter updates, or upload photos to social networking sites.
The iPhone can also be turned into a piece of extended on-board instrumentation, with displays that indicate G-force readings, oil and coolant temperatures, a chronometer and a compass. It also permits occupants to display driving times and the car’s efficiency on social networks. The new Beetle variant gets the iPhone integration as standard. It will be available on other models as an option.
"The iBeetle, which will be available in early 2014, will come with other customized features in addition to the standard iPhone interface. On the exterior, they include standard features such as 18-inch "Disc" alloy wheels (painted in "Galvano Grey" with chrome wheel covers), door mirror housings and side trim panels (above the sill) in "Galvano Grey", black door sill plates with the "iBeetle" signature, "iBeetle" chrome badges (on the front fender) and a "Chrome pack" (includes chrome trim strips on the sides). In a nod to the iPhone's color scheme, the new iBeetle can be ordered in "Candy White", "Oryx White Mother of Pearl Effect", "Black Monochrome", "Deep Black Pearl Effect", "Platinum Grey", or "Reflex Silver"." said the press release.