VW Speak: “Bulli” = Microbus (USA) or T1 (just about everywhere else).
First of all, before you get too enthusiastic about this minivan, keep in mind that this is a concept vehicle. Sadly, Volkswagen had a similar minivan a while back and killed it after teasing several hippies, yuppies and a few regurgitated beatniks.
Sorry folks, no air-cooled boxer engines in the back.
The electric driveline is all up front and kind of illogical for current production. Still, it looks like Volkswagen could quickly drop the lithium-ion battery powered electric motor and plop in a variety of internal combustion engines. Hell, if the platform is shared with other VWs (it probably is) there is a possibility of all wheel drive too!
I know – I’m getting excited about a friggin’ minivan.
The entire design is a tribute of Microbuses of the past. Front and rear seats are three across bench allowing for up to six people to ride. There looks to be enough space for a small third row too. All controls are über high tech with a full infotainment setup that can be integrated with an iPad.
Volkswagen has yet to discuss the future of such a vehicle. You can bet that people who are sick of lifeless minivans will line up to get one of these – especially if they look as good as this concept. We’ll keep you posted!
Here’s some brand new footage from the 2011 Geneva Auto Show!