Will Volkswagen Be Unveiling A BUDD-e Prototype At Paris?

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All the signs are indicating that it shall.

For quite some time now, Volkswagen's been mulling over the possibility of bringing a funky successor to the hippy icon Type 1 panel van. Off the tops of our heads, we can think of not one, not two but three separate occasions over the last 15 years where VW has toyed with the idea of putting a more compact practical runabout into production. And it seems Volkswagen might be close to greenlighting something soon, as the German magazine Wirtschafts Woche is reporting a prototype will be brought to this year's Paris Motor Show.

According to an interview with Volkswagen's CEO, Herbert Diess, the German industrial giant will be bringing a prototype all-electric vehicle that will eventually pave the way for VW's first pure EV production car. Though the claimed maximum range of 372 miles is quite intriguing, the piece of the interview we're especially interested in regards the vehicle's practicality. According to the interview with Diess, this prototype will be roughly the same size as a Volkswagen Golf, but offer the practicality of a Volkswagen Passat. Even factoring in the extra space that'll be freed up by adopting an EV powertrain over a conventional combustion engine setup, such a space increase can only really come about by making a car with a boxy shape.

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Or, to be more specific, a shape with similar dimensions to the BUDD-e concept car that was revealed earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show. Considering the design study was received rather well, and having a prototype ready now would give VW enough time to get a version ready for production by 2020 or thereabouts, all the signs seem to be pointing towards a BUDD-e development car being showcased at the Paris Motor Show in just over a couple of months time. Of course, these are all predictions at the moment, but it'll still be interesting to see what Volkswagen will be showcasing at the 2016 Mondial de l'Automobile.

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