Is VW Returning To Its Roots?

Volkswagen seems to be looking at bringing back a number of “retro” vehicles, with a firm commitment on the ID Buzz. A recent interview and other news shows that they don’t only want to bring back look-alikes, but stay as true to the originals as they can.

Herbert Diess, chairman of VW, told Autocar that they are looking for “emotional vehicles” as they decide which models to build on their new MEB electric platform.  When asked what that meant he said it includes popular classics like the Bus (coming back as the Buzz), Beetle, and Thing. While he declined to confirm that they have concrete plans for the Beetle, he did add, “If we wanted to do a Beetle, electrically it would be much better than today’s model, much closer to history, because it could be rear-wheel drive.”

For Volkswagen enthusiasts, this kind of thinking signals good things coming from the automaker. Unlike the 1998 New Beetle and the 2012 followup model, Volkswagen wants to make the cars drive and feel like the classics, not just emulate their looks. Instead of compromising with front wheel drive to keep costs down, the MEB platform allows for a variety of drive configurations, which could lead to other great things.

ID Buzz

If the ID Buzz is any indication, they plan to actually follow through on our favorite classics. But what else might we see down the road? Diess already revealed that “emotional concepts” includes the Thing, so it’s clear that thinking isn’t limited to the Bus and the Beetle alone.

For now, our imaginations will have to suffice for what Volkswagen may do with the next generation of the Beetle, and a possible Thing.

VW Thing Sales

Will we see a removable top? A folding windshield? All-wheel drive? And beyond that, what other models might we see VW put back into production on 21st Century electric underpinnings?

What would you like to see VW bring back? Let us know in the comments!


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