• Oct 20, 2007
Volkswagen is one of those brands that evokes a lot of nostalgia. The Who is an iconic band from the 60's. That's why when Volkswagen decided to revisit the Microbus concept they looked to members of The Who for guidance. While not only playing a song titled Magic Bus, The Who also used a VW Camper for touring in their early years of existence. They encouraged Volkswagen by expressing interest in a more economical and safer update of the Camper.
The new Camper concept being researched at Volkswagen is nicknamed Bulli. As with many current design trends, the Bulli will have a stripped out retro appearance. The aim is to appeal to more frugal consumers. The possibility is there if they can achieve demand for enough units. We just hope they keep them off the racetrack and inside the paddock.

[Source: Auto Express]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      you mean more frugal customers. Just add an "r" to fugal and you're all set.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think they are fools for not having done it already. But the key issue is whether they are going after the minivan market which means a fairly large and well-equipped vehicle, or the smaller vehicle like a Scion xB (which is what they should go for.)

      And I can only hope that they don't make that ridiculous techno-fetish van that they showed earlier, but something a bit warmer and approachable.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yeah- it's time! With the world fully addicted to sport UTILITY, how VW's missed this one is wierd. Instead we're getting a VW coupesedan. Eh, ok. Whatever. As if the world needed another yuppie-trunk-mobile. However, the idea of a lean, cool looking mini van would really *connect* with disgruntled van drivers who don't dare buy another SUV. Especially as the stuffy, old-man Chryslers have debuted to a chorus of snores.. nothing could me more obvious.
      • 7 Years Ago
      VW just needs to DO THIS! There are so many people looking for a small, diesel powered, economical pop-top camper van it's incredible. We've all been drooling over the multitudes of these vans already available in Europe while VW and the US and Japaneese auto makers snooze on auto-CUV-pilot.

      Dear VW, Have you seen how much a used 1991 VW Westphalia still commands in price and the HUGE cottage industry in spare parts and Subaru engine conversions that are out there?? WAKE THF UP AND GET THESE TO THE US MARKET NOW!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      That'd be cool imo. Always wanted a Vdub Bus. if they're able to sell it for under the $20k then I'm sure the babyboomers and those nostalgic of the 60s-70s (all those who know what 4:20 means) will love this car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      if it has a rag top and 22 windows ill order one!
      • 7 Years Ago
      DO IT VW DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      The only thing that VW should be considering, is how to improve their pathetic quality.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I never liked the new concept bus in the first place. It looked nothing like an old bus. I have owned two split window, two bay window and two Vanagon syncros, one I still drive. I would like to see a retro split window style bus with out the split window. That is the bus that would be great as a retro design. And yes, make it affordable. The Eurovan camper is so expensive that you have to wait 10 years for a used one to become affordable. A TDI version is a must and if people will buy a Scion box for cheap just think of how many people would buy a VW camper bus. America needs this!!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      100,000 a year production worldwide? Piece of cake.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think its a great idea, and if they can make it stylish then there's definitely a chance that they could break into the Scion crowd. If it looked something like that main pic design-wise it would definitely give VW something to distinguish themselves from the other European carmakers.

      I don't think it'll be classed like Minivans, because VW Minibuses re kind of in a class of their own.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Maestro 1,
        I agree. This needs to look better if they want to sell it. Besides that, they need to make it safe, and one up the Chrysler Town and Country and take back their table they originally had. These could have classic written on them some day. But let's not get ahead of ourselves. We haven't gotten to the flowers, Pac- man and Tie die tops. We shall wait and see.
      • 7 Years Ago
      VW is all talk no action and quality continues to slide.Pull the plug on the US market because you don't deserve a piece of the pie.
      This from a 14 year VW owner. VW is a slow death.
      If they did do it, they would slap a 50K price on an iffy vehicle, and hope the marketing department could sell the piece of shi@ with a catchy tune and phrase....
      NEXT!
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