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Volkswagen Announces a Return to Its ’60s Microbus

Volkswagen is reviving its iconic Microbus, according to Automotive News. In a recent story, Automotive News reported VW issued the announcement at the Pebble Beach Concours in early August. “Microbus” is Volkswagen-speak for minivan. VW is calling it “ID Buzz,” and it will have a commercial and a consumer variant.

In its next iteration, however, the Microbus will be all-electric. It will be a member of an all-electric family that also includes a hatchback and SUV. According to Automotive News, the Buzz will be 194 inches long, offer variable seating configurations and, in its commercial form, have Level 3 autonomy. Level 3 autonomy means the Buzz will have an automated system that can both actually conduct some parts of the driving task and monitor the driving environment in some instances — but the human driver must be ready to take back control when the automated system requests

The exact full-charge range for the production-version Buzz is unknown, but the concept version with a 369-horsepower 2-motor system achieved a range of 270 miles in government testing. VW is aiming for an on-sale date of 2022. The range could be significantly longer by the time production begins.

Russ Heaps
Russ Heaps is an author specializing in automotive, financial and travel news. For nearly 35 years he has covered the automotive industry for newspapers, magazines and internet websites. His resume includes The Palm Beach Post, Miami Herald, The Washington Times and numerous other daily newspapers through syndication. He edited Auto World magazine, and helped create and edit NOPI Street... Read More about Russ Heaps

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