Volkswagen Bulli Concept: Geneva 2011
  • Volkswagen Bulli Concept: Geneva 2011
  • Volkswagen Bulli Concept: Geneva 2011

  • Volkswagen Bulli Concept: Geneva 2011
  • Volkswagen Bulli Concept: Geneva 2011

  • Volkswagen Bulli Concept: Geneva 2011
  • Volkswagen Bulli Concept: Geneva 2011

  • Volkswagen Bulli Concept: Geneva 2011
  • Volkswagen Bulli Concept: Geneva 2011

  • Volkswagen Bulli Concept: Geneva 2011
  • Volkswagen Bulli Concept: Geneva 2011

  • Volkswagen Bulli Concept: Geneva 2011
  • Volkswagen Bulli Concept: Geneva 2011

  • Volkswagen Bulli Concept: Geneva 2011
  • Volkswagen Bulli Concept: Geneva 2011

  • Volkswagen Bulli Concept: Geneva 2011
  • Volkswagen Bulli Concept: Geneva 2011

  • Volkswagen Bulli Concept: Geneva 2011
  • Volkswagen Bulli Concept: Geneva 2011

  • Volkswagen Bulli Concept: Geneva 2011
  • Volkswagen Bulli Concept: Geneva 2011

  • Volkswagen Bulli Concept: Geneva 2011
  • Volkswagen Bulli Concept: Geneva 2011

  • Volkswagen Bulli Concept: Geneva 2011
  • Volkswagen Bulli Concept: Geneva 2011

  • Volkswagen Bulli Concept: Geneva 2011
  • Volkswagen Bulli Concept: Geneva 2011

  • Volkswagen Bulli Concept: Geneva 2011
  • Volkswagen Bulli Concept: Geneva 2011

  • Volkswagen Bulli Concept: Geneva 2011
  • Volkswagen Bulli Concept: Geneva 2011

  • Volkswagen Bulli Concept: Geneva 2011
  • Volkswagen Bulli Concept: Geneva 2011

  • Volkswagen Bulli Concept: Geneva 2011
  • Volkswagen Bulli Concept: Geneva 2011

  • Volkswagen Bulli Concept: Geneva 2011
  • Volkswagen Bulli Concept: Geneva 2011

  • Volkswagen Bulli Concept: Geneva 2011
  • Volkswagen Bulli Concept: Geneva 2011

  • Volkswagen Bulli Concept: Geneva 2011
  • Volkswagen Bulli Concept: Geneva 2011

  • Volkswagen Bulli Concept: Geneva 2011
  • Volkswagen Bulli Concept: Geneva 2011

  • Volkswagen Bulli Concept: Geneva 2011
  • Volkswagen Bulli Concept: Geneva 2011

  • Volkswagen Bulli Concept: Geneva 2011
  • Volkswagen Bulli Concept: Geneva 2011

  • Volkswagen Bulli Concept: Geneva 2011
  • Volkswagen Bulli Concept: Geneva 2011

  • Volkswagen Bulli Concept: Geneva 2011
  • Volkswagen Bulli Concept: Geneva 2011

  • Volkswagen Bulli Concept: Geneva 2011
  • Volkswagen Bulli Concept: Geneva 2011

  • Volkswagen Bulli Concept: Geneva 2011
  • Volkswagen Bulli Concept: Geneva 2011

  • Volkswagen Bulli Concept: Geneva 2011
  • Volkswagen Bulli Concept: Geneva 2011

Volkswagen had a lot going on at this year's Paris Motor Show, including, it seems, dishing to Britain's What Car? about some product plans.

VW board member Ulrich Hackenberg has gone on record saying that the Bulli concept van, as shown at the last Geneva Motor Show, is not currently planned for production. That runs counter to recent reports that the German company was considering a vehicle in the small CUV segment that a Bulli might fill, though it doesn't discount the earlier rumor entirely. Hackenberg cites a shortage of demand for a production Bulli as the reason for the project getting shelved. Love for the original Microbus remains high both inside VW and in the public at large, but it remains to be seen if nostalgia alone can be counted on to drive unit sales for something wearing the Bulli's unique shape.

Less surprising is word that VW is going forward with a production version of its groundbreaking XL1 – which makes sense, as we've already seen prototypes in spy photos. The two-seat, 300-plus-miles-per-gallon car is reportedly earmarked to go on sale in limited numbers. Where, and exactly how limited those numbers are remains to be seen.


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      traction_control
      • 2 Years Ago
      What? This is what, the 100th time VW has showed that gorgeous Bulli concept at a major car show, and then stated they had no intentions on building it? F. U. VW! Stop showing the damn thing then, stop tormenting those of us who like the idea of a retro VW van. Makes me sick.
      tea kei
      • 2 Years Ago
      bad move VW. the bulli was brilliant
        Spec
        • 2 Years Ago
        @tea kei
        Bulli was vaporware that could not be built for a reasonable price at the specs they gave.
      PeterScott
      • 2 Years Ago
      Did you guys also miss the part about the bluesport roadster being shelved as well. Everyone seemed to love that concept. http://www.autoblog.com/2010/07/01/report-volkswagen-bluesport-gets-the-green-light/ But it looks like it is off again.
      Jason Golden
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Bulli could be a fresh shot of energy (and renew an icon) for VW. We know that VW wants to meet lofty sales goals, and perhaps a niche micro-van isn't a component of that? At the same time... the XL1 will provide media hype and wow-factor, yet still be a niche product. I suppose they've studied the business case for both models.
      rmkensington
      • 2 Years Ago
      Very cool concept, but they could never make it affordable. Every minivan van costs $30,000+ nowadays.
        AndrewNoNumbers
        • 2 Years Ago
        @rmkensington
        It would be super cool if it was a cheap Mazda5/C-Max competitor, but I also wouldn't mind if they just treated it as a specialty vehicle like the Beetle.
      Camaroman101
      • 2 Years Ago
      oh how i wished the XL1 would be a mass production seller i could afford as a daily driver
      k_m94
      • 2 Years Ago
      Damn, I swear every time I hear of this super efficient XL1 it seems to have another 50 mpg or so.
        techie69
        • 2 Years Ago
        @k_m94
        By the time it comes out it will be doing 500mpg, and it will be sold in few numbers to a close few: VW execs.
      sinistro79
      • 2 Years Ago
      Thanks VW for not producing this car. I think if this thing was ever produced it would've dashed any feasibility of VW ever making a true microbus again. Now I can get back to dreaming that a true successor to the microbus will be designed one day soon.
      RMR
      • 2 Years Ago
      So here's how I see the decision: When they showed the Bulli, it was mentioned that it would be sized along the lines of a Scion Xb - Which now is discontinued. I don't think VW had any plans to build the Bulli once the Xb was dropped. Why? Because VW's global domination plans have to go through Toyota - and VW also mentioned an SUV the size of the Toyota Highlander. The Bulli concept was in name only as it was too small - though VW tried to show you could sleep in one with all the seats folded - the concept Bulli was too small and I'd be willing to bet the 'inner speak' at VW never really went towards the obvious size differences. Of course they have to project sales, etc., but it's just amusing they thought highly of it until the Xb died. This where VW is full of crap - even after driving VW's for 35 years, I think they still have the idea of what they think we need - not what WE ASK FOR. Dumb ass VW does it again and craps in it's pants.This is another example of VW not being able to find their way out of a paper bag and bring an 'active lifestyle vehicle' to the masses.
      delilah7777
      • 5 Months Ago

      This design looks like it was going in the correct direction, but in my opinion the ceiling needs to be higher! :)

      delilah7777
      • 5 Months Ago

      This design looks like it was going in the correct direction, but in my opinion the ceiling needs to be higher! :)

      Making11s
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd rather have that Bulli than the xB, Cube, Soul, etc.
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