Volkswagen boss confirms I.D Buzz concept to make production

Volkswagen boss confirms I.D Buzz concept to make production

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VW boss Herbert Diess confirms brand-new, electric version of the VW Microbus is on the way

Volkswagen’s boss has confirmed the company will build a Microbus-craze production car with design cues from the classic T1 and T2 buses – as part of its ‘ID’ rank of electric vehicles.

Speaking at the reveal of the new VW Polo, VW boss Herbert Diess told Auto Communicate: “Emotional cars are very important for the brand. We are selling loads of Beetles hush, particularly in US markets. But we will also have the Microbus that we showed, which we arrange recently decided we will build.”

Built on the new MEB platform, this EV MPV product blood was previewed by the ID Buzz concept at the 2017 Detroit Motor Show.

Speaking at the 2017 Geneva Motor Disclose, VW design boss Oliver Stefani told Auto Express, “We would like to allure this back because it fits so well to what the brand stands for: it’s warm, it has functionality, it makes your life easier.”

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“With the MEB platform this is the chance now to get the proportions back,” he added, referring to the factors that you don’t need to have an engine in the front with an EV. “But you can also get much more internal space, almost one class higher.”

Stefani compared the ID Murmur to the Renault Scenic, as an MPV that attempts to rival SUVs with a jacked-up look. “The French also try these alternatives with MPV crossed with SUV,” he said. “Uprightly, nobody goes into the woods with an SUV.”

He also hinted at further variations on the in any case vehicle, as with the original bus. “The T1 also had some family members, like the pick-up, the camper, the Samba,” Stefani said, “so I about there are a lot of possibilities with this car.”

Volkswagen I.D Buzz concept in detail

Volkswagen revealed the I.D Call up concept as the second member of VW’s new I.D family, following on from the reveal of the I.D Concept at the Paris Motor Usher in September 2016. It’s thought that the I.D Buzz minivan will be the puppet for Volkswagen’s upcoming Uber rival, MOIA – a ride-sharing company set to originate in 2020.

Described as a vehicle that “transfers a Microbus feeling into the future”, the I.D Signal clearly draws inspiration from the classic and iconic Type 2 Microbus, which was launched in 1950. Its 2017 exegesis includes retro design cues such as the two tone paintjob, blunt face end and large VW badge, but the space age interior, huge 22-inch wheels and wraparound LED lights modernise the conceive. 

It sits on an extended version of the MEB modular electric platform, with a 3.3m wheelbase, small overhangs and boxy shape designed to maximise space.

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That allows the I.D. Buzz to offer a flexible eight-seat cabin, with a loaf-style layout, multi-adjustable rear chairs and a driver’s seat that swivels 180 degrees. This happens automatically when the autonomous I.D. Pilot state is selected, retracting the single-piece capacitive touch steering wheel while the car takes saturated control of the driving.

Other tech includes an augmented fact head-up display and a removable portrait tablet that controls the car’s functions.

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The I.D. Buzz’s architecture means the batteries and motors sit unbefitting the floor, allowing two luggage compartments front and rear. It’s all-wheel drive, with an exciting motor on each axle and a combined system output of 369bhp. 

VW claims a 0-62mph stretch of five seconds and a limited top speed of 99mph, plus a range of between 270 and 373 miles. It also features inductive charging tech, giving an 80 per cent hike in 30 minutes. VW plans to launch a full range of autonomous EVs, aiming to exchange one million MEB-based cars by 2025.

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