ME & MY CAR: Visual cohesion and cool VW – News


What do you drive and what is it for?

I drive the Volkswagen Passat Alltrack. I find it to be the best all-rounder and literally ready for anything. I use it mainly for surf trips and to lug around my boards. There is plenty of space in the back for shorter planks and the roof racks are perfect for those “longer logs”. It’s also great for transporting art supplies to my studio or the job site, as the rubber mats on the back are sturdy and can really take a beating.

It is an absolute gem for versatility. It has the size, but also the ability to move and offer premium features like heated / cooled leather seats and a touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay.

Who else can drive it and when?

Ha! Just me. I am the captain of the Passat.

What is the best / most interesting feature?

I like the different driving modes. It can go from all-wheel drive and slightly raised to something sportier and faster with what they call adaptive chassis control, which automatically reacts to road conditions. Costs.

What do you always have in your car?

Coffee mug, water bottle, surfboards, wetsuits, a tent, umbrella, sunglasses… plus a random bucket of spray paint.

Money without an object, what is your dream car?

I tend to dream of older, boxier cars from the 70s / 80s. Sports cars are great, but those old VW beach buses were the best!

What do you think of electric vehicles?

I think it’s inevitable. The future. If the infrastructure is there and it is easier for the environment, it is obvious. They have my vote!

What do you think of driverless cars?

Pretty cool! That said, to be honest, I like a good mountain ride or a good road trip behind the wheel. I can’t beat the Passat Alltrack for this! Plus, it gives me a chance to disconnect and listen to music without distractions. Except of course for the subtle alerts from the Passat’s security systems!

What’s your latest mural and what is it about?

I feel like it’s a gift to the community… almost like a hidden gem off Dominion Road in Auckland, one can spot among the industrial style buildings. The basic idea was to highlight layers of culture and diversity in the community, while hoping to inspire and spread some positivity.

– Jason Woodside began his career in New York City, attending the School of Visual Arts in the early 2000s. His work is characterized by bright colors and fades with contrasting bands of patterns and shapes. Inspired by textiles, light and nature, Woodside plays with various bold textures and public exterior designs to generate “visual cohesion and upbeat emotions”.


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