Revealed to much fanfare at the Geneva Auto Show was the new VW Bulli concept. Volkswagen revealed to Autocar that underneath the concept were the underpinnings of a next-generation platform…and the Bulli Microbus will be built.
The Bulli concept is actually built on MQB modular design platform that will serve as the basis for the next-generation Audi A3. This platform will then be filtered down through the VW family and will, eventually, also underpin a production version of the Bulli. The Bulli will be aimed at the “square” segment occupied by such vehicles as the Scion xB and Kia Soul. The moduloar platform allows for various vehicular widths and lengths, so the dual-bench seat Bulli concept could be configured more like a traditional Microbus, or camper, or what have you.
Thing is, we’ve been down this road before. Volkswagen introduced a Microbus concept back in 2001, pledged to build it, and then they didn’t. Sad. Also at issue is the Bulli concept is 100% electric, which I thought was great until I read Nick Chamber’s piece about why a plug-in hybrid would have been better. Nothing is set in stone, and it remains to be seen which path VW takes (maybe all of them?)
I am kind of excited for this though. I love road trips, and I’d be hard pressed to stop my girlfriend from selling everything she owned to buy one of these. Can’t say I’d blame her too much though.
Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs. You can read about his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout or follow his non-nonsensical ramblings on Twitter @harshcougar.