After speaking with Volkswagen executives at the Geneva Motor Show, AutoCar is reporting that the ID Buzz Concept is close to being approved for production. Revealed at the Detroit Auto Show in January, the ID Buzz is the third in a string of concepts teasing the potential return of the iconic Microbus.
Volkswagen has stated since first showing the ID Buzz that its production viability would hinge on public reaction. VW is standing by that statement.
“The concept has been well-received in the US and Europe,” stated design chief Klaus Bischoff to AutoCar, “but the missing link is China. From the business case point of view it’s quite an investment – it needs a global green light. In the meantime, it’s thumbs up.”
So it sounds like the ID Buzz has a majority approval from VW’s various global factions, but the final green-light hinges on response in the Chinese market.
The ID Buzz is based on VW’s new MEB architecture, which will spawn numerous electric vehicles in the coming years. The electric architecture is allowing the ID Buzz to have similar design proportions to that of the original Microbus, including the upright front end and large interior space. A production version will undoubtedly be electric given VW’s newfound commitment to electric vehicles.
If produced, it is likely that the production version of the ID Buzz would shrink slightly. In concept form the vehicle is just under 195-inches long.
Volkswagen has teased the return of the Microbus multiple times in recent years, with about five concept versions of the idea in the last decade. Most reports out of VW suggest this is probably the most serious attempt at a Microbus return.