Volkswagen showed six conceptual takes on its Up at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, one of those being the Up Buggy. Although few will probably remember it, VW has not forgotten it, applying for a patent for the Meyers Manx revival roadster way back in March 2012 and being approved in June of this year, according to a report in Autocar. That will give the automaker a 14-year lock on the design while it decides whether to move forward with a reboot of its past.

A patent doesn't mean the Up Buggy will ever move beyond the sheet-of-paper stage, but Autocar says VW is studying the market to see if a production version is feasible. We can't see North America ever getting it, but even so, we wouldn't complain if they made it - especially if they put an exposed engine in back that was set off by 18-inch-long twin tailpipes jutting straight up into the air. However, for a company that aims to be the world's number-one automaker by 2018, a niche vehicle for its mass-market brand would be a surprising use of resources.


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      m_2012
      • 1 Year Ago
      Will never pass crash tests! Forget about it. Cool concept though.
        tump
        • 1 Year Ago
        @m_2012
        Of course it can pass crash tests - easily. It won't likely get the best ratings, though, but it can pass.
          Schadenfreude
          • 1 Year Ago
          @tump
          Don't count in it. It's just like the Mini Beachcomber which couldn't pass.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Microbus was gorgeous.
      Juan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Idea for VW....Bring back the VW Bus that can be used as a camper. I think there would be a market for it here in the U.S.
      carnut0913
      • 1 Year Ago
      well, the Up platform is a bit smaller than the Golf platform- right off. However- how cool/hard would it be to build this with some replaceable panels ala the old Nissan Pulsar NX. Give it a removable targa top (study Jeeps hard top), the B bracket is standard- and then option the back end for a coupe or HB. For the doors, again use the jeep model but have a standard door and VW accesory that is a door bar mimicing what is shown in the illustration. Really, this would not be that hard to do with a little thought behind it, and with the smaller platform pricing should be attainable enough that they would steal many from Mini and Fiat
      Juan
      • 1 Year Ago
      I guess its OK but who would buy a car with no doors or roof. The only people that would or could buy this car is someone who can afford a second car. That's not the average person.
      imoore
      • 1 Year Ago
      Should they build it? Heck yes! Build it in low numbers, keep it affordable, and they should be able to sell every one they make. I'd buy one myself. I can already see its competition: Meyers Manx Kickout SS and Hoppa Street Buggy (from England). Yeah, they are kits, but they would make worthy adversaries. Who knows, even Factory Five will likely toss something into the mix.
      J
      • 1 Year Ago
      Another concept you'll never ever see in your showroom.
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      edison234
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is a return to the air cooled days if it only had four doors (and a rear set of seats) - the '73 and '74 Thing.
      EJD1984
      • 1 Year Ago
      Though I like this Buggy concept, I'd rather have the regular UP! 3 and 5-door cars here in the US.
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