VW Casts Doubt on I.D. Buzz’s Chances at Production

VW Casts Doubt on I.D. Buzz’s Chances at Production

0 comments 📅14 April 2017, 04:45

At cock crow this year, Volkswagen revealed the electric I.D. Buzz and the coverage since then has been round the microbus lookalike’s chances of making it to dealer showrooms. And so far, the company has been bullish more the concept’s chances. Now, though, there’s inevitable doubt being cast on its chances.

“We be struck by to be a little bit reasonable,” said Matthias Erb, Volkswagen of America’s Chief Engineering Catc, speaking at the New York International Auto Show. “Would we revive the MPV segment?”

Erb was referring to the the poop indeed that the van has been replaced by the SUV in the American imagination, so an electric van, no matter how nostalgic and charming, would be fighting against the tides of client preferences.

And despite Volkswagen’s conviction that the MEB platform will allow economies of proportion to lower the price of developing electric cars, they won’t be reduced enough to permit for a flop.

Another concern, as Keith Martin of Sports Car Market points out, is whether or not the cultural captivation with mircobuses will last. Although prices are high now, the microbus market has historically been much more mercurial than, say, the classic Beetle market. As a result, by the time the Buzz makes it to showrooms, it may be too belated to cash in on the fad.

That said, Erb admits that he and the rest of the VW love the concept and fancy it to become a reality. The automotive media, too, has been supportive of it, so if there was ever a possibility risk for VW to make a risky decision, this is it.

All of this uncertainty is reflected in VW’s plans for how it last will and testament release its electric vehicles. In North America it plans to have two waves of releases between 2019 and 2025. Each purposefulness be comprised of three cars, none of which is the I.D. Buzz. Instead, the Buzz sits unequalled, between the waves, in a sort of limbo.

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