If there's any one vehicle that can realistically challenge the Beetle in the annals of historic Volkswagens, it's the Transporter. More often referred to as the Microbus or just the Bus, the real original minivan first saw the light of day in 1950 as the Type 2 (the Beetle, naturally, was the Type 1).

As with the Beetle, it's the earliest models that incite the most butterflies in the hearts of air-cooled VW enthusiasts, though the machines remained collectible all the way through the early 1990s. And, if Volkswagen executives have their way, the iconic Bus may once again enter production.

Previewed by the Bulli Concept from the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, the production model would likely ride atop the same platform as the latest Volkswagen Beetle and sport seating for five occupants and their cargo. If that's the case, expect a range of four-cylinder engines (maybe even a five...) sending power to the front wheels.

If Autocar is to be believed, the next Microbus may be ready for the road by 2014, and it would likely come to the States. We'll begin the finger-crossing now.


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      TahsinZ
      • 3 Years Ago
      closest competitors are probably the Scion xB, Kia Soul, and Nissan Cube. This thing should do very well
      Fat Stig
      • 3 Years Ago
      Its baffling how all other minivan makers cant come up with a decent design like this even when they try to make a "cool" minivan. What exactly is the issue? Why does everyone else suck so bad at making a minivan? Why is taste so damn rare in a multi billion dollar industry?
        artso06
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Fat Stig
        Simple, you have non designers making the final requests and decisions (green or red lights). One of the biggest things that plague a million dollar company is a million minds giving off track opinions. Makes good sometimes but many times just gives everyone the chills.
      Scott Kane
      • 3 Years Ago
      This could fill the gap for many of the (well, there aren't that many) discontinued Honda Element lovers. I understand this is about the same size.
      Emil
      • 3 Years Ago
      I usually hate the cubic designs (i.e. cube, sole,...) but this one seems cool.
      futuramautoblog
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like Bulli. Cool design inspired by early Microbus concept, and size is just right as well. It will also be a legitimate competitor to MINI Traveller people-hauler coming out in a few years. Build it!
      Andrew Zotos Breslin
      • 3 Years Ago
      im sure modern society would deal with the loss of the third row for the sake of safety. the old VW bus is one of the most sought after dream cars for teen drivers, and if this was marketed as a safe economy car, i don't see why they wouldn't sell. I vote YES!!!!
        Andrew Zotos Breslin
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andrew Zotos Breslin
        jk, it has a third row, it's just a smaller third row (best car ever)
          Andrew Zotos Breslin
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Andrew Zotos Breslin
          kidding again, it's just a front bench seat and i got confused (most mysterious car ever).... boy i wish you could delete comments on here...
        Basil Exposition
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andrew Zotos Breslin
        This has none of the coolness of the original. The kids will not be fooled.
      SmoothMarx
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow... Gorgeous! I can picture that being a minivan as well.
      Adam Basilio
      • 3 Years Ago
      I quite love it... Hopefully the exterior can remain this amazing, and like the original able to have had in two color tones. The interior is expected to drastically change as always. Seems like a decent car for a family of four. I'd by it, hopefully about 25,000 fully loaded.
      tenspeeder
      • 3 Years Ago
      Excellent idea! Now make me one Westfalia Camper please.
      core53mail
      • 3 Years Ago
      Round headlights or GTFO :)
      Mike J
      • 3 Years Ago
      I was surprised on how small it was, but I would buy one
      Jim
      • 3 Years Ago
      VW is right on with this! Perfect size for today's market. Would have broad appeal. Only thing that would make it better (Are you listening VW?) is a center console. Put the transmission where it belongs, give us arm rests, buckett seats. With those changes, would definitely put one in my garage.
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