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Volkswagen Microbus concept

Volkswagen Microbus concept

Volkswagen Microbus concept

Volkswagen Microbus concept
Make Volkswagen
Model Microbus
Concept year 2001
Production year -
Engine 3.2 litre V6

If the Volkswagen Microbus concept wore no identification badges it would still be quite straight forward to identify its origin.

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 the back.

Power for the Volkswagen Microbus concept came from a front mounted 3.2 litre V6 engine turning the 20" front wheels.

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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