At the Detroit Auto Show in January, Volkswagen showed off the I.D. Buzz concept, an all-electric tribute to the iconic Microbus of the 1960s (and PM named it this year’s concept car of the year).
This was the latest in a long line of concepts recalling the Type 2, but this could very well be one that the company will actually build. Speaking to Auto Express, VW brand chief Herbert Diess said the company has decided to put the I.D. Buzz into production.
“Emotional cars are very important for the brand,” Diess told Auto Express at the launch of the new VW Polo. “We are selling loads of Beetles still, particularly in US markets. But we will also have the Microbus that we showed, which we have recently decided we will build.”
Earlier this year, it was reported that Diess was championing the I.D. Buzz heavily within VW, and aimed to have it in production by 2022. Diess didn’t offer any more detail to Auto Express, so it’s unclear when exactly we’ll see the I.D. Buzz hit the market.
The I.D. Buzz rides on VW’s new Modular Electric Drive (MEB) platform, which will underpin a host of upcoming all-electric cars from the German brand. The first car to ride on this platform, the Golf-sized I.D. hatchback, is expected to reach production in 2020.