WOLFSBURG, GERMANY — Volkswagen will soon rekindle the love affair with dune buggies. The company announced, today, that it has an all-electric dune buggy in the works. They will be unveil it at the International Geneva Motor Show, March 7-17, 2019.
Based off of VWs modular electric drive matrix (MEB) platform, this new buddy will demonstrate how MEB allows the company to launch lower-volume, niche vehicles.
“A buggy is more than a car. It is vibrancy and energy on four wheels. These attributes are embodied by the new e-buggy, which demonstrates how a modern, non-retro interpretation of a classic can look and, more than anything else, the emotional bond that electric mobility can create,” states Klaus Bischoff, Head Designer at Volkswagen.
Volkswagen’s inspiration is based off of the dune buggies of the 60s that were ever so popular in California. While those vehicles used the Beetle chassis of their time, and now the MEB platform is looking to be just as flexible with the kinds of vehicles it can support.
Like the originals, this buggy will have no roof, or standard doors and will feature white large wheels, quipped with off-road tires.
Volkswagen is no stranger to recreational vehicles, with a history that’s steeped in everything from the original Beetle special bodies by Hebmüller and Rometsch to those produced such as the Meyers Matrix. We know that VW produced about 250,000 vehicles that were built either as one-offs or low volume all the way through the 1980s.
No specifications have been released at this time. We anticipate learning more about that, coming out of the International Geneva Motor Show.