• Aug 29, 2006
We love the VW Westfalia camper van so much that we included it in our list of Top 10 Ways To Motor Your Home. The GermanCarBlog just found a French Canadian designer who is trying to revive the Westfalia and looking for a corporate partner to help him. Alexandre Verdier designed his new Westfalia with all the charm of the original and even more functionality, if that's possible. The pop top's still there, but it rises straight up now instead of tilting and is covered in solar panels. The front passenger seat converts its seat back into stairs leading to the upper level, and when raised an awning can be pulled out from either side of the top (it even has insect netting!). Other updated features include a kitchenette that swings completely out of the van and a storage drawer in the back for a set of folding chairs. The design is ultra modern with flush surfaces, a near pillarless greenouse, and what appears to be LED lighting. Unlike the original, we assume this Westfalia's engine would be located ahead of the front axle based on the intake vents in the front fascia.

Though Verdier's Westfalia is still very much a proof of concept, he is currently looking for a company to partner with and build a running prototype.



Don't forget to check out the video of the Verdier Westfalia at the designer's site, and more pics of the concept after the jump.

[Source: Verdier.ca via GermanCarBlog]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      The tires seem to be some sort of idealized variation of the Michelin E.A.P tire system: pretty cool stuff!

      http://www.jamesowendesign.com/michelin2.html

      As for the concept itself- who the hell cares? There are so many differrent types of vehicles for some many different types of lifestyles, this is just another drop in the world wide mud puddle of auto making.
      • 8 Years Ago
      what a f&%$ing awesome design.Too bad they won't bring back the Microbus here.I Dream of dumping my Pickup work truck for one of these.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hate to be the one to say it, but old, old, old news... I remember seeing this design at least a year or two ago, when a westfalia luvin' buddy of mine sent the linkage my way.

      Now whether VW had decided to do something about it in the intervening years, I don't know anything about - that would be news.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Aside from the convenient passenger chair/ladder, and the retro design, I don't see anything that Eurovan Westfalia's don't offer.



      • 8 Years Ago
      i would so rock that and bonus points w/ 4x4
      • 8 Years Ago
      OH GODGODGOD, but that is SO F@()(#$* BADASS! I don't like VW much, but I would snap one of those in an instant. Esp if it was diesel w/ AWD available! Stow your SVO tanks in that drawer where those chairs are. Talk about a love mobile, I wouldn't come back to the city for months. Build it, design it well, and you'll sell a million. Bus long RVs are so freakin stupid, and they look like such a pain in the ass to drive (except for that hulking australian military 4x4 one, that shit was bad - and beautiful). Honestly, a Gallardo or CCX or whatever is only more fun than this if you don't have a working pecker ;)
      • 8 Years Ago
      I have to get out of this apartment and buy one of these when they come out, looks great and very efficient.
      • 8 Years Ago
      where's all the dumb comments from iquack?
      • 8 Years Ago
      This Westie proposal has been kicking around VW camper/van discussion groups for around three years. Its neat, everyone loves it, except VW who can't summon the desire to bring the T5 Eurovan to the US.

      But we will get a badge engineered Caravan/T&C from the boys in Highland Park. Now isn't that just peachy.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I like the kitchen idea!

      >>The front passenger seat converts its seat back into stairs leading to the upper level...

      I'm assuming this means that the top raises to make a second "floor," which begs the question: Isn't the idea of the popped top to increase headroom? This thing would have to be 2 stories tall with a setup like that!

      AND, the top would have to be reinforced a lot. Otherwise, you would have *ahem* larger people falling through the top all the time.


      I wonder what the signigance of the blue lines on the tires are. It seems like a new form of whitewalls, and I, for one, like it.

      Overall, a nice concept, but a few flaws here and there.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Cool, I'd totally buy this as a full-time live-in than an urban condo.

      That means all it's missing is a fully functional shower and toilet, and I'd accept a larger package to have them :)

      Couple that with a VAG 5-cylinder TDI running vegetable oil or Biodiesel, and I'll be a modern-day hippy although I was born in the 70s.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I had buy that one. It has really good design.
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