August 2017 - Pebble Beach, California – Earlier this year, Volkswagen unveiled the I.D. BUZZ concept car, a
fully electric vehicle that taps in to the spirit and vibe that made the VW Microbus such an iconic vehicle —
whether withHippies and families in the Sixties or Surfer Dudes and Van Lifers today.
Now, Volkswagen has taken the bold decision to put the Volkswagen I.D. BUZZ concept carinto production
and Volkswagen’s CEO of the North American Region, Hinrich J. Woebcken is happy to welcome the car to
North America. The Chairmen of the Boards of Management of the Volkswagen and Volkswagen Commercial
Vehicles brands, Dr Herbert Diess and Dr Eckhard Scholz, announced the decision today at one of the most
prestigious automotive events in the world — the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California.
Within the framework of further development, Volkswagen has also set a launch date for the I.D. BUZZ. The
vehicle will arrive at dealerships in 2022, after the compactfour-door I.D. makes its debut. With the I.D. BUZZ,
Volkswagen is mainly targeting markets in North America, Europe and China.
"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’,”Volkswagen CEO Dr Herbert Diess said in
Pebble Beach. The Board of Management chose Pebble Beach as the location to make its announcement
because, as Diess explained: "The Microbus has long been part of the California lifestyle. Now we're bringing it
back by reinventing it as an electric vehicle."
Just like the concept car that was shown in Detroit, the production model will also have its batteries mounted
in the vehicle floor. Because the electric drive components — electric motor, power electronics, and such —
don't take up much space, the vehicle has a long wheelbase with short overhangs, allowing for a massively
spacious interior and great proportions. "The vehicle looks like a compact commercial van on the outside, even
though it offers the generous interior space of a large SUV," Diess explained.
CEO of the North American Region, Volkswagen,Hinrich J. Woebcken added: “We are delighted that our
parent company has taken the decision to produce the I.D. BUZZ. This vehicle is the perfect balance between
emotion, usability and sustainability, while also showcasing our technological leadership. The high seating
position, cargo capacity, overall versatility and all-wheel drive option packaged into such an appealing design is
just what our customers wantfrom us. And it’s the perfect fit for the zero-emissions American lifestyle.”
The I.D. BUZZ won’t just be a passenger vehicle. Just like the classic T2, the I.D. BUZZ will both haul people and haul freight. "Along with a minibus version, we'll also be offering an I.D. BUZZ CARGOvariant for zero-emissions delivery of goods,” said Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles CEO Dr Eckhard Scholz. "With Level 3autonomous capability, this is an ideal concept for an electric van, particularly for delivering packages and goods to the inner cities."
Although Volkswagen's oldest and newest Microbuses will be separated by more than seven decades when
the new model is launched, the I.D. BUZZ undoubtedly has the original's genes, as it offers maximum
utilization of space on the footprint of a mid-size passenger car. Based on the new all-electric architecture, the production version of the I.D. BUZZ will incorporate many design ideas from the concept car, including multi-variable seating, interactive connectivity and highly automated driving.
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