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Will Volkswagen's Microbus Save The Brand From Its Misery?!

From the specs, it looks like a good contender.

Despite still having major issues with its Dieslegatecrisis, Volkswagen is trying to make up for its enormous hiccup with moreeco-friendly solutions. The brand tried to make it up with an all-new Phaeton but that got canned. Its next attempt is with the iconic Microbus. The Microbusis to go electric, powered by the German automaker’s lithium-ionbattery technology found in the Audi R8 E-Tron and Audi Q6 E-Tron Quattroconcepts. The bus is claimed to travel between 250 and 310 miles on a fullcharge which is pretty good for a big car.

The car will debut at next year’s Consumer Electronics Show alongside the turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline and diesel-powered versions of the Microbus. If you remember, Volkswagen revealed that the camper van will return as an electric vehicle many months ago and it seems that it pulled it off. According to a discussion with Autocar and Herbert Diess, head of passenger cars for Volkswagen, the car will have three iconic design cues. “First, the wide, solid, D-pillar, second the boxy design of the center section and, thirdly, the front end must have a very short overhang. The distance from the A-pillar to the front end must be very short” said Diess.

The electric motor will provide the the third point to become a reality by having the electric motor provide a lower ‘bonnet line’, giving Volkswagen the ability to put the A-pillars further forward. Volkswagen president and chief executive Gary Shapiro said that the car would be a “groundbreaking electric vehicle that will further illustrate the synergy between the Internet of Things and the automotive industry.” This is a great idea for Volkswagen because not only is it bringing its iconic Microbus back but also showing that it’s trying to recover from its enormous mistake with something funky. Note that the newer images here are of the Bulli concept that debuted at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.

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