Volkswagen's I.D. Buzz, all-electric reincarnation of its Microbus will be available in 2022

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At the Detroit Show in early 2017, Volkswagen unveiled the I.D. BUZZ concept car. The fully electric vehicle taps into the spirit and vibe that made the VW Microbus such an iconic vehicle – whether with hippies and families in the 60s or “surfer dudes” and “van lifers” today. Now, Volkswagen has taken the bold decision to put the Volkswagen I.D. BUZZ concept car into production. This is thanks partly due to an overwhelmingly positive response and fan requests to turn the concept into a reality.

"After the presentations at the global motor shows in Detroit and Geneva, we received a large number of letters and emails from customers who said, 'please build this car’,” Volkswagen CEO Dr Herbert Diess said in Pebble Beach.

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Within the framework of further development, Volkswagen has also set a launch date for the I.D. BUZZ. The vehicle will arrive at dealerships in 2022, after the compact four-door I.D. makes its debut. With the I.D. BUZZ, Volkswagen is mainly targeting markets in North America, Europe and China. So hopefully, Singaporeans can at least expect parallel imports.

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Just like the concept car that was shown in Detroit, the production model will also have its batteries mounted in the vehicle floor. Because the electric drive components – electric motor, power electronics, and such – don't take up much space, the vehicle has a long wheelbase with short overhangs, allowing for a massively spacious interior and great proportions.

Although Volkswagen's oldest and newest Microbuses will be separated by more than seven decades when the new model is launched, the I.D. BUZZ undoubtedly has the original's genes, as it offers maximum utilization of space on the footprint of a mid-size passenger car. Based on the new all-electric architecture, the production version of the I.D. BUZZ will incorporate many design ideas from the concept car, including multi-variable seating, interactive connectivity and highly automated driving.

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