The I.D. BUZZ concept auto from Volkswagen is being further developed in preparation for its launch as a production vehicle. "BUZZ. This vehicle is the flawless balance between emotion, usability, and sustainability, while also showcasing our technological leadership." . It will also feature variable seating, interactive connectivity and " highly automated driving".
"The vehicle is an important pillar in Volkswagen's electric drive initiative and carries the Microbus driving feeling into the future".
"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"," Dr Herbert Diess, Volkswagen CEO said in Pebble Beach. BUZZ, which will arrive at dealerships after the compact four-door I.D. model in 2022. The concept features a platform very similar to the old General Motors Autonomy concept from the early 2000s - a flat "skateboard" chassis that houses all of the components of the electric drive, including batteries and controls, with a "top hat" body that can be adapted to whatever the manufacturer desires, be it a small sedan, SUV or minivan-style vehicle.
While the two-tone design pays homage to the well-known classic VW Camper, which was first launched in 1950, the I.D BUZZ contains many modern elements that make the model contemporary.
It is no coincidence the company chose Pebble Beach as the location to make its announcement, as the old Microbus has always been part of the California lifestyle.
The vehicle is expected to have a semi-self-driving capability.
The Detroit concept offered seating for eight, and was capable of a range of 270 miles from a battery pack chargeable to 80 per cent in under 30 minutes.
The vehicle therefore looks like a short compact van on the outside, even as it offers the generous interior space of a large van meaning both the driver and passengers has plenty of room for a comfortable journey.
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