• Mar 10, 2011
Volkswagen Bulli Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

What did you think of Volkswagen's Bulli concept, which was just shown for the first time at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show? VW is apparently hoping you liked it, because rumor (via Autocar in the UK) has it that it's going into production.

The concept version is powered by a 113-horsepower electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack, which can reportedly be charged in less than an hour. We don't know if the electric powertrain will make it into the production vehicle (our guess would be no, but who knows?), and there is no word on pricing. Still, how cool would it be to once again see a modern Volkswagen Microbus prowling the streets of America? The mind reels at the possibility.



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

[Source: Autocar]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Bring it. I just hope I can find another 16 year old cheerleader at school to get in the back like I did in an old one in 1966!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Id be more than happy to see more of these on the road to replace the current Xb (the 1st gen Xb was cool)! I think the design is clean and nice, a much needed boost for VW's currently dull showrooms. Cheers!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well, it looks interesting, but it's really not a microbus. I wish I had my old 63 Transporter back. THAT was a COOL car! Drafty, noisy, slow, and LOTS of FUN.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Earth to VW - It is too small! This is not a Bus/Transporter replacement. As they say "close, but no cigar!"
        • 3 Years Ago
        Which is why I drive a Beetle TDI on my 100 mile RT to work and back.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I seem to remember the originals being more like a camper/van, not a sedan/CUV.

        @Roob

        I agree that this is probably the same size as the old one while not nearly as unique. As for our "distorted view of what is big"? Big is all relative, like rich and poor. I would consider our views there to be "distorted" as well.

        PS. Parking spaces can never be too big!!
        • 3 Years Ago
        I think that North Americans, myself included, have a distorted view of how big things should be. Our cars, engines in our cars, parking spots, houses, restaurant meals and countless other things are just way bigger than they ought to be (yes, that is a random list).

        I manage to reign it in the cars I drive, but we ended up in a house that is way too big for what we need. That's how they build them though.

        It may be smaller than some options out there, but I bet that it'll be big enough for many.

        It'll also sell on the cool factor as well. VW sold a ton of Beetles based on the cool (though now dated) factor, they'll probably do just fine with this.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Actually, it's the perfect size and cool-factor if Volkswagen wants to send this off to the US to fight against cars like the Kia Soul, Scion xB, MINI Clubman, etc. And I'm pretty sure that is exactly what they're going for here.

        That said, their entire van line-up is about ready for new generations in the next couple years. Europe will be getting a new Transporter generation soon, and the US will probably get a new minivan built at the new Tennessee factory to replace the crappy Chrysler rebadge. I'd like to imagine a case where the Bulli is a hit and spawns a proper 9-passenger Transporter-based Microbus, but with two new lines of full-size vans, I don't imagine much room for a proper Microbus.

        So, I'll take the Bulli if they bring it.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I bet if you parked this next to an old T1 it would probably be the same size. The T1s are pretty small vehicles. Anyway, this might replace my beloved Honda Element carry-all daily driver.
        • 3 Years Ago
        No it's perfect. Not everyone needs seating for 9 while they drive to work by themselves towing their imaginary boat.

        It's like when people say "I love the Mini but it's too small". Get a Camry.
      • 3 Years Ago
      HEY VW!!!!!!!!!

      MAKE IT LONGER SO I DON'T HAVE TO CRUNCH-UP IN IT TO SLEEP, OR SO I CAN FIT A MOUNTAIN BIKE - EVEN WITH THE FRONT TIRE OFF LIKE IN YOUR 'SPORT-TOURAN', MAKE A MODEL FOR ACTIVE OUTDOOR TYPES, HAVE IT AVAILBLE WITH A MANUAL TRANS, A DIESEL OR GAS FOUR, and on and on.............
        • 3 Years Ago
        Sounds like an Element - except that you can put an MTB in with all the wheels on and still seat 3, lay down and sleep, and fit into compact parking spaces... pity they cancelled it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      anyone want to put money down on it not coming to the USA?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cool car? I guess. Microbus? Certainly not, at least not in the VW Type 2 tradition. It's just too small to really live up to that name, ironically.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Ya, if VW wants to meet their optimistic sales goals, they should make this thing bigger so it doesn't steal sales from the Golf.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's small enough and not subject to the "Chicken Tax', therefore it can be easily imported. You can read about the chicken tax on Wikipedia. I would like a VW eurovan sized with TDI 4motion like they produce in Europe...the chicken tax financially prevents that unless you go through the process like ford does with the Transit and Mercedes with the Sprinter.
        • 3 Years Ago
        They should bring the T5 Transporter over here, however they have to do it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      No electric motor, Gas and Diesel will be more buyer.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think it looks great. I hope they make the VW logo on the front even larger. Maybe take up the entire front fascia?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Maybe logo is actually the same size on the current Jetta... and the BULLI is just REALLY small.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great that VW decided to maintain that "gimmick" car segment route. Rather than making a parallel competitor for every model in Toyota/Ford/Gm's line ups. It should differentiate it in the market in the long run.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The 2001 Microbus concept was much cooler...not only was it more eyecatching than this little box, but it had more interior space, more utility. This thing is a Soul, xB, Cube, etc. competitor, not a mini-van, microbus.
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