Volkswagen has given the clearest hint yet that it will resurrect the classic Meyers Manx beach buggy as a modern-day electric car – by picturing it on the firm's Christmas card.
The card features a darkened sketch with an open-top beach-buggy-style vehicle being driven by Santa Claus.
Autocar exclusively revealed last month 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 new two-seater, currently under construction at Volkswagen’s Braunschweig-based R&D centre in Germany, is described as a modern interpretation of the original rear-engined Beetle-based Manx buggy. It's an open-top design featuring a low-set body, a free-standing windscreen, a sturdy roll-over bar and large wheels.
Still shrouded in secrecy, the new electric 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 new beach 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.
Current plans call for the new Volkswagen buggy to be unveiled at the 2019 Geneva motor show.
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.