If the Volkswagen Microbus concept wore no identification
badges it would still be quite straight forward to identify
Introduced in 2001 at the Geneva Motor Show, the Volkswagen
Microbus was the spiritual successor to the iconic VW
microbus of the 1960s. But with a few added features.
Designed in California for the US market, the Microbus
has 3 rows of seats within its 15.5 foot long body. The
middle row can swivel to face backwards, and the rear
row has been been designed as a bench seat.
Access to the Microbus concept is via conventional front
doors, and dual electronic sliding doors for the rear
passengers. Once inside a 7" video screen built into
the dash and 4 more displays built into the front and
middle seat headrests provide cinematic entertainment
for all passengers. The driver is offered another screen
at the front of the roof providing an unimpeded view out
Power for the Volkswagen Microbus concept came from a
front mounted 3.2 litre V6 engine turning the 20"
Although Volkswagen confirmed in 2003 the Microbus would
go into production they later retracted that statement
in 2005 and put the Microbus back on the shelf. However
because of the massive amount of positive feedback on
the concept it's still possible that someday the Microbus
will live again.
UPDATE: 28th Feb 2011. Volkswagen unveiled the Volkswagen
Bulli concept - a design based on the Microbus - at
the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.
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