• Mar 1, 2011
Volkswagen Bulli Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

Aside from the Beetle, Volkswagen's Microbus may be one of the most iconic vehicles ever to come out of the German automaker's stable. VW brought it back in concept form ten years ago, but despite a warm reception, plans to create a modern-day Microbus were scrapped. Now, though, Volkswagen is offering a second conceptual redux of its oh-so-popular van at the Geneva Motor Show with this, the Bulli concept.

Much like the 2001 Microbus, the Bulli is simply a modern throwback to the people-mover that took the world by storm many decades ago. Of course, the full slate of new-age technology is on hand, including an Apple iPad that controls all infotainment functions, mated to a Fender USA-designed premium audio system. The Bulli uses a lithium-ion battery pack to drive a 113-horsepower electric motor and interestingly enough, Volkswagen says that the van can be fully charged in less than one hour. Good stuff.

We're big fans of the idea of a Microbus redux, as our minds are immediately filled with images of driving one across the country in true 1960s freedom-across-America fashion. Prepare for some serious nostalgia and see the Bulli for yourself in our high-res image gallery below – and then let us know what you think of VW's bouncing baby Bus in comments.



Photos copyright ©2011 Steven J. Ewing / Damon Lavrinc / AOL


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      GNB
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hi LoVe it!! Gotta have one
      tambro65
      • 3 Years Ago
      I want one, please build me one....
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks good. I'd be interested and I think VW can sell quite a few, at least while the new is still on. If they can supply an inexpensive model, it could continue to sell. By the way, what don't these other commenters get about MICRO bus? It not intended to be a "minivan.
      OldGuy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Didjaknow? The Microbus was built on the same frame platform as the beetle. It was the same length and width. The shift lever linkage was a little different, as was the clutch release cable and the steering gear.
      The Czarina
      • 3 Years Ago
      This'll be good for me, since I don't need a big van. I loved my '97 Odyssey which I drove almost 200K miles, but when it was time to buy a new car I went a little smaller to the Scion xB which is pretty darned good for such a no-frills vehicle. But the the year after I bought that, Scion made the xB longer and with a 60% bigger engine, so that's out as a replacement when my current car is worn out (it still has a few years to go). Hope this one is ready for me when I'm ready for it!
      kathleeninoc
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like it very much - great style and I like the large moon roof - but it needs another row of seats to qualify as a bus. I had a red and white 1977 bus and it was my all-time favorite vehicle - lots of great memories with my children.
      vanita
      • 3 Years Ago
      How is this not an electric Scion xB with a nose job?
      conley4kit
      • 3 Years Ago
      I must say this is a total fraud. I had 3 Vanagans and the last one had the audi engine which helped with much needed power. Just make a modern version of the Vanagan with common sense improvements , not ecological marvels. I will place an order now.
      By the way , offer the pop up top too.
      mr.vw
      • 2 Years Ago
      useless! no utility!! and most of all can't camp with a family of 4 with the bulli.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd rather see them just take the original body style and put it on new running gear. They should do the same with the Beetle. Take the old body style and retrofit it to new running gear.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The old bus and beetle were such lovable middle class warriors. They were like the little engine that could. They ran forever 'cause the average stoned hippie chick could fix one. Go back to that concept and style and you'll sell all you can build.
      • 3 Years Ago
      If they had a rear gas burning engine thats, reliable, simple and rebuildable by commonsence mechanics, theyd have something. But they wont and cant, nothing anyone builds anymore lasts OR is worth the cost. Anything with batteys is expansive when you have to replace them, plus not much range and the cost of recharge. Supposedly saving the enviroment is false too, plants to make the elec burn something to do it. Also the plants that produce the raw materials to build the car and fuel to transport to the dealership. A decent hybrid would have a small constant speed turbine spinning a DC generator. Turbines can burn pretty much any combustable liquid, not so with the present hybrids. Also you dont need computers for engine/motor managment. A simple govenor and a reostat will do.
      We wont see anything like this cause. 1, Itd last a long time, cause its an easy system to service and rebuild. And parts shouldnt cost much.2, The auto companies wouldnt make much on them so it wouldnt be worth producing and marketing to them, or our goverment.
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