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Story: Light years
The wide ‘eyes’ of the Beetle Prototype V3 (1936, replica)

Volkswagen’s journey from the functional headlight to customised light scenarios

Sandra Sturmat – Volkswagen Design of Exterior Light Scenarios
Michael Werner – Volkswagen Design of Exterior Lights Feasibility
Urs Rahmel – Head of Volkswagen Design Exterior Details
‘Pretzel’ Beetle (1951)
Externally mounted headlights on the Prototype V3 (1936)
Functional light: modest output from a 6-volt electrical system in the ‘Pretzel’ Beetle
Beetle 1300 (1969)
Beetle 1300: 12-volt electrical system and upright headlights as of 1967
Golf Mk4 (2002)
Golf Mk4: an innovation leader since 1997 with plastic free-form reflector
Phaeton GP 1 (2007)
Phaeton GP 1 (2007): compared with H4 halogen light, xenon and LED require 75 % less energy
Arteon (2017): the LED projection system that comes as standard offers a significantly improved light performance. The LED dipped and full-beam lights have a daylight-white colour temperature and make driving more relaxed, less tiring and safer
Polo (2017): fitted with LED daytime running lights with a coming-/leaving-home function as standard
Polo (2017) and Polo Mk1 L (1975): light years ahead
Study of the Volkswagen ID. CROZZ: future light scenarios
Volkswagen concept vehicles: new creative scope thanks to modern lighting technologies. And visions are becoming more tangible – light is becoming more communicative, more customised and more intelligent

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