Volkswagen’s old microbus to make comeback with modern twists

Renowned auto giant Volkswagen (VW) recently confirmed that its microbus, a hippie favorite that was first launched in the 1950s, would be brought back onto public roads.

However, the I.D. Buzz will be unique as the iconic vehicle will be electric and could have autonomous or self-driving elements. The company has plans to bring it back in 2022.

It will have 369 horsepower (hp) engine as compared with the 25 hp engine of the original microbus. A concept vehicle has already been tested. Tim Stevens, who tested the vehicle’s concept, said it can sprint from zero to 60 miles per hour in less than 5 seconds.

Volkswagen brand CEO Herbert Diess said, “After the presentations at the global motor shows in Detroit and Geneva, we received a large number of letters and emails from customers who said, 'please build this car'”

To be designed as a throwback to the old microbus from the German brand’s 1960s hippie heyday, the I.D. Buzz will be made available in North America, Europe as well as China.