Volkswagen confirms electric dune buggy concept for Geneva auto show

Volkswagen Beach Buggy is being resurrected as an electric concept

- Based on Volkswagen's new MEB platform.

The company modeled the concept vehicle, coined the 'e-buggy, ' on the "legendary American dune buggies from the 60s and 70s" but gave it a contemporary twist by basing it on the modular electric drive matrix (MEB) platform instead of the Beetle basis.

Of all the auto designs it could revive, Volkswagen chose the buggy partly based on popularity and partly based on parallelism.

VW brand design head Klaus Bischoff said the concept is a non-retro interpretation of a classic that "demonstrates the emotional bond that electric mobility can create".

Confirming a rumor that popped up in December, Volkswagen has announced it will travel to the 2019 Geneva auto show to unveil concept vehicle that puts a modern spin on the popular Meyers Manx dune buggy.

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A full reveal of the concept will occur in Geneva on March 5, prior to the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.

The buggy follows on from several other raids on the company's heritage archive, most notably the ID Buzz (below), the retro-styled EV which was first shown in Detroit in 2017, and is now slated for production.

And thus the fully electric Dune Buggy concept was born, a marriage of old and new.

Like the original vehicles from the 1960s and 70s, the new concept rolls on large wheels and chunky tires, and requires the driver and buddies to hop over the bodywork to take their seats - no doors here. It's still way too early to know whether the reborn dune buggy will make production, but VW did specifically hint that MEB "has the potential to facilitate the development of low-volume niche vehicles". In addition to providing inspiration, the Beetle also demonstrated how cars could be built and be profitable at low volumes or even as one-offs.

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