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Rumor Mill: Apple and Volkswagen Team up to Produce the iCar

Published Sep 12th 2007, 4:56pm by Patty Streeter in Featured Articles
Apple_icar_chris3d According to Macrumors.com and cnnmoney.com, German magazine Capital (Google translation ) is reporting that Apple and Volkswagen are in an early stages of planning for an "iCar" that would incorporate techie products by the producer of the beloved iPod personal music player into in future versions of Volkswagen's compact cars.


According to a quote from Volkswagen spokesman Hans-Gerd Bode in an article at cnnmoney.com "Chief Executive Steve Jobs and Volkswagen's chief Martin Winterkorn met several days ago in California and plan to meet for further discussions." There are "scores of ideas," but few concrete plans at this point, Bode said.

According to appleinsider.com "compact cars that come loaded with several pieces of Apple gear could serve as a particular draw amongst younger-generation customers." The concept is not entirely groundbreaking: Ford is already implementing similar computer-based infotainment technology in its next-generation Focus, with a Microsoft-based system called "Sync" revealed at the 2007 Detroit Auto Show.

One iCar fan is already thinking differently, and has posted his own ideas of what an Apple iCar might look like. You can see his vision of a compact car with apple personality here. Over at Engadget.com, they're also wondering what the icar might be like, asking their readers to share their thoughts and opinions.

What do YOU think Apple and Volkswagen should consider in this fun joint venture?

By Brandy Schaffels
Contributing Editor and Apple user

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