• Nov 21st 2010 at 9:33AM
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2001 Volkswagen Microbus Concept - click for a hi-res image gallery

It's time to dust off the periodic dream of a new Volkswagen Microbus. The UK's Auto Express reports that Klaus Bischoff, chief designer for the Volkswagen brand, thinks a new version of the classic Camper is a fundamental part of his job. This rumor has come around before, and the New Beetle's ten-year run might help underscore the business case for a revival.

There were plans to offer a production version of the 2001 Microbus concept that made a splash at that year's Detroit Motor Show, but cost considerations put an end to that project. A new Microbus is back on, according to Bischoff, and Volkswagen is trying to figure out how conventional or creative to go. VW's design offices across the globe are being asked for their input to develop a vehicle with wide influence, and platforms and powertrains are up in the air. If this rumor sticks, we're likely to see a concept in 2012.

[Source: Auto Express]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      A new Microbus concept vehicle every 11 years - how cool is that!

      • 4 Years Ago
      they also promised the VW 1L. they lied
      • 4 Years Ago
      The styling was ahead of its time back in 2001, and continues to be today.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If they hurry, they can have it ready in time for Arlo Guthrie to make another Thanksgiving Day dump run.
      • 4 Years Ago
      DO IT VW. When the most 'interesting' design for a people mover is that ghastly Odyssey, there is definitely room in the market for a brand of van that goes further than average. This is a market for vehicles that routinely offers in the $35-45,000 range. That's room for a tasty margin and high-end options to profit from which to profit. DO IT VW.
      • 4 Years Ago

      If they offer the 2001 concept with a 175HP diesel and 4Motion, I'll

      be first in line. Oh, and that camper version would be out of this

      Come on VW!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      If VW wants to sell well in America, a minivan is a must. That midsize 7 seater CUV is also a must. So is the Polo.
      • 4 Years Ago
      DO NOT: make something similar to the concept with AWD and diesel.

      DO: skin another Chrysler minivan.

      Wait! Got those backwards.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Pft.. whatever. It doesn't mean that this card is going to be dealt. Imo the design is aging on this concept. I liked it back then but not quite so now.
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      There's no one driving that thing!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bring it here VW...I'd buy one if so as our family vehicle...
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