With the Death of The Volkswagen Beetle, Rises the Buggy
- Bringing back its famous Volkswagen dune buggy, it’s known for being a beachy sand crawler first made popular in the ’60s.
- It will use the same electrified platform as dozens of battery-electric vehicles that will come to market by 2025.
- VW estimates that as many as 250,000 of the original Beetles were modified into dune buggies. (CNBC)
During the Geneva Motor Show in March, Volkswagen will unveil its new Meyers Manx-inspired Dune Buggy. The roadster will have the capacity to have its top off like the classic models. This one will be built with Volkswagen modular electric platform or MEB for short. This will showcase its future for their battery-powered cars.
The images shown are teaser ones. They came with the announcement showing off the classic styling with its high fenders, oversized wheels, freestanding windshield and of course the roll bar. The company hasn’t confirmed its production plans just yet. Rumor has it that we will know more during its release in Geneva.
The platform is set to launch this year with the I.D. electric hatchback this year, which will be followed by a crossover and Microbus-inspired minivan among several other models as part of the automaker’s $84 billion shift to battery-powered vehicles. Some of them are set to be manufactured at VW’s Chattanooga, Tenn., factory starting in 2022. (Fox News)
The Volkswagen Beetle will be discontinued at the end of 2019. The company has not ruled out that it could come back using the MEB technology. VW is focusing on innovation and design for the future of its vehicles.