Geneva 2011: Volkswagen Bulli Concept is a blast from the past re-hashed

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.

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