Volkswagen Confirms Plans to Build Microbus
Apparently, Klaus Bischoff, Volkswagen’s Chief Designer, has revealed, in an interview given to British Autoexpress magazine, that the German carmaker is working on plans to build a new version of the classic Camper. “I would not be doing my job at Volkswagen properly if I was not thinking of bringing back the Camper," he said in the interview given at the recent LA Auto Show.
Details about what shape the future model will take are scarce. The Design team is undecided weather this should take the form of a modern MPV, with a conventional interior, or some sort of multi-purpose machine that is versatile and meets different customers’ needs at the same time. This was the case with the original Minibus, as it was used by everyone from Rock bands to surfers.
The European design team is working hard on the project, trying to come up with a design that caters to VW fans but also fits well in the model range. We should not expect the concept for the new Minibus earlier than 2012, as the project is still in the early stages of development.
The German automaker has created a Minibus concept before, in 2001, and unveiled it at the Detroit Motor Show that year. This concept car was supposed to be a modern version of the original Volkswagen Microbus. It was originally scheduled to go into production, but was later canceled in 2005.
With its 'flower power' image, the future generation bus should definitely have a hybrid or even EV version in our opinion.
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Biggest boo-boo was not making a Microbus similar to the concept bus, it should have followed the same path as the New Beetle, which was a brilliant little car.
I miss having my old type 2s and Vanagons, if you build this, I will buy. I miss all the room I used to have.
I would have certainly gotten one like the concept if it had been in production the last time I was looking for a car.
Build us, the USA folks, a VW Microbus. It will sell. We need something that looks different.
Hopefully someone @ VW might see this note.
play mp3s, satellite radio, internet, TV, gps, bluetooth, hybrid or clean diesel, etc etc.
and it would definitely look cool in black or deep red. (my favorite colors)
I hope it comes to the US!!! Keep up the good work!!! I can't wait for the new 2012 TDI Beetle!!
I have owned at least nine volkswagens in a row, 68'Type 1,67' Type 2,75' Porsche 914( this car had a VW Type 4 engine in it, so I thought of it as a VW.), 90' Fox,92' Corrado G60, 99 1/2" Jetta 4, 02' Silver New Beetle turbo S, 04 R32 (lease), 02'Black New Beetle turbo S. I'm sorry to say that in 06', I went ahead and traded in the Black Beetle for a work truck. :( First to try a Chevy Colorado, drove it for a year. Hated it, traded it in for a 07' Mitsubishi Raider.
Needless to say, I miss all my vw's! But my microbus was like a one room apartment on wheels. Even though, the big white flat steering wheel made you feel like a school bus driver. Ha Ha. So the name I used was Twenty One window.
I know I will go to my grave, always loving Volkswagens! Thanks A Lot, for building such fun products. (p.s. I know I will get another VW some day when the time is right.) Maybe a 2012 VW UP Space. The mini microbus. :)
Yes, the camper version would be a welcome addition.
Would like to see it both in a stick and manuel transmission option and or a Calif Surf Package.
give it lots of skylights and a pop-top. Gift it with cruiser class seats and a DIESEL Bluetec engine. And.... don't make it $60,000 for a base model.
i buy it tomorrow.Come on vw bring that new bus over to USA and canada thousand of
people like the vw camper, not those monster campers.
Sofar i got 15 vw and one euro van 2002 i sold my last jetta last year. No more VW until
the bus is back the the USA .
Volks wagon people read that! I am not allone? just checkt the internet out there.
Ihr macht zu viele fehler in america.look the mini routan? die americaner sind nicht D------
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