Classic-inspired ID Buggy uses MEB modular electric platform, and will be unveiled in full at Geneva show
31 January 2019

Volkswagen has resurrected the classic Beetle-based Meyers Manx dune buggy as an electric concept, previewed ahead of an unveiling at the Geneva motor show

Previously hinted at by the firm's Christmas card sent out to journalists, the ID Buggy's front-end design is shown in darkened shots for the first time.

Described by VW design boss Klaus Bischoff as a "modern, non-retro interpretation of a classic", the ID Buggy bears no styling resemblance to any current VW model, and appears to lack both doors and a roof, like the unofficial kit car original.

A free-standing windscreen, sturdy roll-over bar and large wheels shod in off-road tyres also give a nod to the past, while modern touches include a circular LED lighting signature.

Autocar exclusively revealed last year that Volkswagen was set to revive the classic beach buggy as an EV, featuring key elements of its new MEB platform as well as the electric driveline destined to power next year’s ID hatchback.

The ID Buggy  is said to be under “active consideration” as a possible addition to Volkswagen’s upcoming line-up of zero-emissions ID models. The first of these, a production version of the earlier ID hatchback concept, is due to be unveiled during the third quarter of 2019.

A Volkswagen source has revealed to Autocar that the ID Buggy is among three retro-themed ID models masterminded by Volkswagen chairman Herbert Diess. It is intended to complement the Microbus-inspired Buzz van and a secret new five-door hatchback model described as a recreation of the Beetle.

The original Manx was designed for desert racing by Californian Bruce Meyers. It was produced between 1964 and 1971 in the form of a kit car based around the shortened chassis of the Beetle

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6 December 2018

  Well, to be honest, I’d have though5 someone would have done this already, say for the annual Pikes Peak....?

Peter Cavellini.

7 December 2018
Peter Cavellini wrote:

  Well, to be honest, I’d have though5 someone would have done this already, say for the annual Pikes Peak....?

 

Peter Yawnallini, what have Beach Buggies (notice I emphasised the word beach there) got to do with Pikes Peak? Which 1, is in the middle of America, so quite a long way from any beaches, and 2, 14'000ft high, so even if it was near a beach, it would still be quite far away from a beach.

21 December 2018

He's, like, on every page!

I look forward to his wise, inciteful comment and have stopped reading the Autocar article. I quickly scroll down in the vain hope he has inscribed his magic prose on the page I have navigated to in order that I may bask in his sage commentary.

He truly is a modern day Jeremy Clarkson with none of the base crudity. :) :) 

31 January 2019
Luap wrote:

... 14'000ft high, so even if it was near a beach, it would still be quite far away from a beach.

Heheheh!!!

6 December 2018

another EV VAG story.  Don't they ever rest!

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

FMS

6 December 2018
xxxx wrote:

another EV VAG story.  Don't they ever rest!

 

Another pointless post from you. Didn't your guardian tell you that it is the job of a journalist to report the news, not selectively pick and choose which parts suit their style and which parts do not.

 

Don't YOU ever rest from your idiotic ramblings?. TwIT, the w is silent ,as you should be.

6 December 2018

...shrouded in secrecy if there's an article printed in Autocar about it.  This was presumably produced from the VW Goup press release which also, presumable, contained the words "shouded in secrecy".  Yawn.  Has to be noted that JLR has produced and sold an electric E-type  in the time it's taken VAG to type out and approve a press release.

6 December 2018

VAG by nature....

Daz

FMS

6 December 2018
Dilly wrote:

VAG by nature....

 

Volkswagen Audi Group by nature?...means what?. Other than the NAME of the business, what in the nature of VAG, does the name VAG describe?.

31 January 2019
FMS wrote:

Dilly wrote:

VAG by nature....

 

Volkswagen Audi Group by nature?...

To be pedantic, that's not what VAG stands (or has ever stood) for.

It's Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft (or informally, Volkswagen AG).

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