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VW Set to Reveal Microbus Concept in Vegas


Rumors Say Microbus Could be Electric

Although Internet rumors are as reliable as a 1970s British sports car, the talk is that Volkswagen is set to introduce a totally new Microbus at the Consumer Electronics Show set for January 2016 in Las Vegas. VW fans have been pining for a new version of the iconic bus for years, and talk is that the upcoming release could even be powered by electricity. VW is being tight-lipped about what it is going to present in Vegas, except to say that “Volkswaen will present a completely new concept car at the CES, to illustrate the major changes that the car is set to go thorugh in the next few years. First and foremost, the world premiere marks the beginning of a new era of affordable long-distance electromobility.” Stay in touch with Chapman Volkswagen for more news on the latest offerings by the German automaker.

Microbus Concepts Have Appeared Before

A concept for a new VW Microbus first appeared at the 2001 North American International Auto Show. With a stubby, rounded front end and dual monitors located in the console and ceiling to provide the driver with a rear view. VW planned to put the vehicle into production, but the project was put on hold and eventually cancelled. The Routan, built on the Chrysler minivan platform, was first released in 2008. More minivan than microbus, the vehicle wasn’t different enough from other vans to attract consumers who loved the old VW bus. Sales were stagnant and VW slowly let the model slip into oblivion.

VW Board Member Says Beetle, Bus are “Pillars”

A recent interview with VW board member Dr Heinz-Jakob Neusser lends credence to the development of an electric microbus. Dr. Neusser said “lifestyle vehicles,” like the Beetle and microbus, are pillars of the future for VW. It will be built on the MQB platform, that is the basis for the Golf and other VW vehicles. “It makes sense to think about a battery-electric car which doesn’t have the need to put all that space in front of the A-pillar because all you need is a small space for an electric motor in front, or perhaps you put it in the rear,” Dr. Neusser told “Car and Driver” magazine. He also said that a microbus would allow plenty of room for batteries that could allow the vehicle to have very long range. If you’re in need of a long range vehicle now, consider the e-Golf. You can get up to 83 miles per charge, making it the perfect commuter vehicle. Stop by Chapman Volkswagen and take one for a test drive today.

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