Volkswagen Are Reinventing The Minibus

The Volkswagen Microbus is the set of wheel I’ve always wanted, but could never get my hands on. It defines the chill, laid back and carefree attitude of hippies in the 1960’s and it just looks so damn cool. For the longest time VW said they wouldn’t bring back the bus, but it seems they’ve had a change of heart.

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Autocar reports that VW will be rolling out a  21st Century version of the classic bus at next January’s Consumer Electronics Show. If the project gets the go-ahead we could see them begin production in 2017. The twist is that we don’t know how it will look and, supposedly, it’ll be an electric version that uses the Volkswagen Group’s latest lithium-ion battery technology , which is used by the Audi R8 E-Tron and upcoming Audi E-Tron Quattro. The new  concept will have a range of 250-to-310 miles on a single charge. Gas and diesel models are also being proposed. I really hope they stick with the original look and VW’s development chief, Hans-Jakob Neusser, has given some clues as to the direction they’re going with the new design.

“First the wide, solid, D-Pillar, second the boxy design of the centre section and, thirdly, the front end must have a very short overhang. The distance from the A-pillar to the front end must be very short.”

So it seems like they’ll be going with something similar to the Bulli which isn’t terrible looking, but isn’t exactly what I’d have in mind. Just stick to the original, lads.

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The 2015 Bulli in all its boxy glory

[Forbes|Autocar]

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