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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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Luap 31 January 2019

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It looks great, but this is VW, makers of some fine concept cars, that rarely, if ever reach production.

That bloke 31 January 2019

If they price this sensibly

If they price this sensibly (and put take-off doors and a roof on) then this is going to sell to people who won't ever take it on the beach, and it will crush sales of the Jeep Wrangler 2-door (which is almost £50k in top-notch form).

Paul J 20 December 2018

Nostalgia...

Is what I'm feeling for my old beach buggies now, the second of which I sold 40 years ago.