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VW Set to Debut Battery Microbus at NAIAS

BUDD-e gets a new I.D.

by on Dec.22, 2016

Could Volkswagen be charged up to bring back the Microbus? This suggests maybe.

For those still hoping to see Volkswagen finally bring back the iconic Microbus, you might want to keep an eye on what the German maker is unveiling at the North American International Auto Show next month. A close look at these three teaser images suggests we’ll be seeing a new perspective on the original minivan.

For now, VW isn’t saying much, other than noting that the concept is an alternate take on the Golf-sized battery-electric I.D. hatchback that made its debut at the Paris Motor Show in September. And it could provide a hint of what’s to come as VW prepares to launch more than two dozen new battery-cars during the next decade.

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“The concept vehicle forges links between the legendary origins of the Volkswagen brand and its electrifying future,” explains a somewhat cryptic news release. “Like the I.D., this concept is also based on the Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB), and so it shows the potential and bandwidth of the MEB.” (more…)

First Drive: 2010 Volkswagen Routan

This ain’t no Microbus.

by on Sep.28, 2009

A Microbus it ain't, but the 2010 Volkswagen Routan does deliver a roomy and utilitarian interior.

A Microbus it ain't, but the 2010 Volkswagen Routan delivers a roomy and utilitarian interior.

It’s been 40 years, the mainstream media have repeatedly reminded us, since the concert at Woodstock.  As we Boomers get older, we start sounding more like our grandparents, reminiscing about “the good old days,” but the memories are a wee bit different, as a good friend — a former journalist – recently reminded me, his eyes rolling back and a smile creeping across his face as he recalled the drive up the New York Thruway for the legendary gathering of peace, drugs and music.

There were far more of them crammed into that VW Microbus than it was designed for, but back then, who cared.  In fact, I am suspicious about my friend’s claim to attending Woodstock because, as other friends point out, “If you can remember it you probably weren’t there.”

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I’ll save that debate for another time, but one thing is clear, Volkswagen had a firm grip on the Woodstock generation, the Beetle or the Microbus being the vehicles of choice for hippie motorists.  So, there was plenty of interest when the German maker announced, earlier this decade, plans to bring out an all-new version, showcased in concept form, at the Detroit Auto Show.