It's still way too early to know whether the reborn dune buggy will make production, but VW did specifically hint that MEB "has the potential to facilitate the development of low-volume niche vehicles". "It is vibrancy and energy on four wheels", says VW's head designer Klaus Bischoff.
The latest one-of-a-kind model, the fully electric concept buggy, will be shown for the first time at the 89th International Geneva Motor Show, from March 7-17. In addition, Volkswagen has made noises about bringing back the Beetle itself as an electric auto - this will be easy enough to do given the fact that small hatchbacks are already in the pipeline. Volkswagen confirmed Wednesday that it plans to revive the beach buggy, or dune buggy as some might call it, with a modern twist: It's electric.
Originally sold as a kit vehicle back in 1964 by Bruce Meyers for desert racing, the buggy has a cult-like following and rich history of cheeky fun.
Volkswagen in January said that it was in constructive talks to share the MEB platform with Ford, with which it entered into a wide-ranging partnership.
VW beach buggies became famous in the 1960s and '70s as fiberglass-bodied independent conversion kits based on shortened floorpans of original Beetles. Even though it looks completely modern, the concept is clearly a modern interpretation of the Meyers Manx, with no doors or roof, open side sills, and large wheels wrapped in off-road tires. The concept was built to show how versatile the MEB platform is and how it could be used to develop low-volume specialty vehicles.
VW has not said whether the e-buggy concept will go into production. The Volkswagen press conference will start at 10:20 am in Hall 2 on March 5.