Volkswagen ID.Buzz: The Beloved Microbus Finally Makes a Comeback, With a Battery

Volkswagen will present a manufacturing model of its long-awaited ID.Buzz, an electrical reincarnation of its beloved Microbus or Kombi, on March 9 and plans to launch it in the US in late 2023, the corporate mentioned on Friday.

The ID.Buzz is considered one of “probably the most anticipated and most hyped” fashions anticipated from the Volkswagen model for the reason that firm launched its new Beetle within the late Nineties, Scott Keogh, head of Volkswagen’s North American operations mentioned throughout a media name.

Volkswagen Chief Govt Herbert Diess tweeted on Thursday “The legend returns on 03/09/22!” The tweet contained a sketch of the profile of the ID.Buzz van.

Volkswagen has proven a sequence of prototypes for a brand new Microbus over the previous decade. However these prior present vans — the Budd.E and the Bulli — by no means made it to manufacturing, to the frustration of followers of the car.

Keogh mentioned {that a} three-row model of the ID.Buzz will launch in the US, the place the unique microbus turned an icon of the counterculture, in late 2023 or early 2024. Volkswagen will launch a two-row model in Europe.

Volkswagen doesn’t plan to construct the ID.Buzz at its US manufacturing facility in Chattanooga.

“You wish to get to 100,000 models earlier than you localize,” Keogh mentioned.

Volkswagen will ramp up manufacturing of its ID.4 electrical SUV at Chattanooga this yr.

Earlier Friday, Volkswagen mentioned US gross sales of its VW model autos rose 15 % in 2021, pushed largely by sturdy gross sales of gasoline-fueled SUVs such because the Atlas and Tiguan.

Shortages of autos brought on by chip provide chain issues will proceed to restrict car manufacturing and gross sales in the US via 2022, Keogh mentioned.

He mentioned he believes as many as two million potential automotive consumers didn’t purchase a car in 2021 due to the shortage of provide, creating pent up demand for this yr and past.

© Thomson Reuters 2021

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