Volkswagen ID.Buzz: The popular microbus is finally making a comeback with a battery


Volkswagen will be showing a production version of its long-awaited ID.Buzz, an electric reincarnation of its beloved Microbus or station wagon, on March 9, and plans to launch it in the US in late 2023, the company announced on Friday.

The ID.Buzz is one of the “most anticipated and hyped” models that the Volkswagen brand has anticipated since the company launched its new Beetle in the late 1990s, said Scott Keogh, director of North American operations at Volkswagen, during a media talk.

Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess tweeted on Thursday “The legend will return on March 22nd!” The tweet included a sketch of the ID.Buzz van profile.

Volkswagen has shown a number of prototypes for a new microbus over the past ten years. But those earlier show vans – the Budd.E and the Bulli – never made it into production, much to the frustration of fans of the vehicle.

Keogh said a three-row version of the ID.Buzz will hit the United States in late 2023 or early 2024, where the original microbus became a counterculture icon. Volkswagen will launch a two-row version in Europe.

Volkswagen has no plans to build the ID.Buzz at its US plant in Chattanooga.

“You want to get 100,000 units before you locate,” Keogh said.

Volkswagen will ramp up production of its ID.4 electric SUV in Chattanooga this year.

Earlier on Friday, Volkswagen said US sales of its VW-branded vehicles rose 15 percent in 2021, largely driven by strong sales of gasoline-powered SUVs like the Atlas and Tiguan.

A shortage of vehicles caused by issues in the chip supply chain will further limit vehicle production and sales in the United States through 2022, Keogh said.

He believes that up to two million potential car buyers in 2021 did not purchase a vehicle due to the lack of supply, creating a backlog for this year and beyond.

© Thomson Reuters 2021

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