In a move that many business analysts have dismissed as poor judgment, the Volkswagen Group has decided to partner with the Dark Side of the Force following the success of their earlier Superbowl ads. The new Volkswagen Magic Bus AT-AT is expected to clomp onstage at next week's Geneva Auto Show to (literally) destroy the competition.
Seriously though, after seeing those photos recently resurface—they first started making the blog rounds in 2009 before cropping up again last week—we've been trying to track down the original source to determine if it's a Photoshop job or not. While unable to find a conclusive answer, in the process of searching we stumbled upon a French website called Calcruiser whose raison d'etre appears to be Photoshopping Volkswagens.
The site's a bit of a one-trick pony in that they take photos of VWs and mostly turn them into low-riders, but VW fanatics will dig it because they always show the source material they work from—and they've got a treasure trove of vintage VW ads. In addition to classics like the Karmann-Ghia and Scirocco, you'll find a surprising diversity of factory-produced variations on their van platform, like these:
The site appears to be older as a lot of their links are defunct, but there's still plenty of browse-worthy material here.