Saturday, 16 February, 2019

Volkswagen electric Dune Buggy concept brings the 60s to the present

Volkswagen electric Dune Buggy concept brings the 60s to the present Volkswagen electric Dune Buggy concept brings the 60s to the present
Russell Knight | 31 January, 2019, 22:02

A Volkswagen source told Autocar that the buggy is under "active consideration" for production.

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Volkswagen is in advanced talks with competitors over opening its modular MEB platform for the mass production of electric vehicles to rivals, German paper Tagesspiegel on Wednesday cited the VW brand's strategy chief as saying. Just like the MQB platform that now forms the underpinnings of anything from a hatchback to a premium sedan, MEB is just as flexible.

- World premiere at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.

Annoyingly, VW forgot to turn the lights on in the pictures provided, but it's obvious that its new buggy wants to stay true to the original.

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There are no doors or roof, of course, because this is a dune buggy for the beach.

"A buggy is more than a auto".

We're yet to receive any technical details, but we'd like to think that VW will doff its cap to the original and make it rear-wheel-drive. "These attributes are embodied by the new e-buggy, which demonstrates how a modern, non-retro interpretation of a classic can look and, more than anything else, the emotional bond that electric mobility can create", said Klaus Bischoff, head designer at Volkswagen. Based on VW's new MEB platform, the design of the concept auto takes its cues from the popular American dune buggies of the '60s and '70s.

Originally sold as a kit vehicle back in 1964 by Bruce Meyers for desert racing, the buggy has a cult-like following and rich history of cheeky fun.

The true objective of developing this concept buggy, however, was to demonstrate the flexibility of the MEB platform which can be used for both large-scale series production models as well as for low-volume niche series just like the Beetle chassis from our memories.

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