Geneva 2011: Volkswagen Bulli Concept [Live Photos]
Those fans can now get a clear look at what the 21st century version might look like, as Volkswagen has brought a concept version to this year’s Geneva Motor Show. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have the same cute ‘eyes’ as the original, but we expect fans will still like it if the right mixture of style, practicality and performance is found.
Called Bulli, the new Microbus is actually an electric vehicle, in concept form at least, and is powered by an 80 kW electric motor that gets its juice from a 40 kWh lithium-ion battery. The manufacturer says that the battery is big enough for a range of up to 300 km (185 miles) on a single charge. Volkswagen even claims that a complete charge of the battery takes less than an hour from special EV station.
As this kind of vehicle is clearly aimed at a younger audience, at the center of its six-seater interior lies the essence of in-car entertainment, including a removable iPad that serves as an infotainment touchscreen, controlling functions such as the navigation system and media center.
No word yet on whether the Bulli will make it to production, but VW says it "has the potential to establish a new, fifth brand of people carrier next to the Caddy, Touran, Sharan and its large counterpart – the Caravelle".
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