Volkswagen's Microbus-inspired concept has the 'thumbs up' for production so far, but it needs a global green light first

Volkswagen is close to greenlighting its Microbus-inspired ID Buzz concept, with public reaction set to determine whether it goes into production.

"The concept has been well-received in the US and Europe," said design chief Klaus Bischoff, "but the missing link is China. From the business case point of view it’s quite an investment – it needs a global green light. In the meantime, it’s thumbs up."

Bischoff admitted that the design of the ID Buzz, which is the same length as a long-wheelbase Caravelle, is currently being worked on. "It’s more than a skin, and more than a show car," he added. "Maybe it will shrink a little, but inside it is much bigger."

The ID Buzz is the third Microbus concept, but the previous two never made production. "I've tried quite a bit to bring this [the Microbus] to life," Bischoff said. "This is the final temptation." 

The Buzz will be followed by an electric SUV concept for the Shanghai motor show, followed by a saloon concept later this year. The SUV will look "non-aggressive but self-confident," according to Bischoff, while a "surprise" is promised for the saloon, which apparently prompted 'wows' from colleagues on seeing it for the first time.

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7 March 2017
Haven't we been here before,just what we need a novelty MPV, maybe it'll make production in South America

9 March 2017
I really look forward to reading Volkswagen's electric car stories every day in this and other car magazines the world over until 2020 when they actually put one on the road.

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9 March 2017
[quote=fadyady]I really look forward to reading Volkswagen's electric car stories every day in this and other car magazines the world over until 2020 when they actually put one on the road.[/quote] But yes, I know what you mean.

14 March 2017
How many more times will VWCV show a retro "bus" concept that doesn't currently stack up financially? It's been c. 15 years since the first one; it almost smacks of "forgive us our current sins; please don't forget we used to make appealing looking products a bit like this one!"

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