As an auto engineer, Volkswagen group's Wilfried Bockelman's dream was an umbrella that could be stowed in the driver-side door panel.
When he headed engineering for VW subsidiary Skoda, he got close with the Skoda Superb.
He put an umbrella slot in the Superb's rear door, complete with a drain so the umbrella could be stowed even when wet.
The Superb's front doors could not be altered because they were carried over intact from the VW Passat to save money.
When he arrived at VW headquarters in Wolfsburg almost four years ago to head VW brand engineering, Bockelman put the umbrella compartment exactly where he wanted it: in the driver-side door of the new VW Passat.
The proper equipment
VW has even designed and engineered an umbrella for the slot that is large enough for two people, has an automatic opening and closing system and uses mold-resistant material. The umbrella costs E33 in Germany.
And yes, like the Superb, the Passat umbrella slot has a drain.