Published: Thu, January 31, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

Volkswagen brings back the dune buggy as an EV

Volkswagen brings back the dune buggy as an EV

Confirming a rumor that popped up in December, Volkswagen has announced it will travel to the 2019 Geneva auto show to unveil concept vehicle that puts a modern spin on the popular Meyers Manx dune buggy.

Those are also the same points Volkswagen wants to make with its modular electric drive matrix or MEB. A Volkswagen source told Autocar that the buggy is under "active consideration" for production.

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.

Much like the dune buggies of the past, which are based on stripped-down Beetles, the concept does without conventional doors or even a fixed roof. From the Beetle convertible and special bodies produced by companies such as Hebmüller and Rometsch to dune buggies like the Meyers Manx, the Beetle chassis allowed for creative custom solutions for decades.

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Volkswagen just dropped teaser photos of their upcoming beach buggy concept.

The new MEB concept vehicle shows that this fully electric platform can be used for more than just large-scale series production models. But before you go reaching for the DEET or that electrified badminton racket thing, know that it's the exciting electric dune-buggy kind of "bug".

Volkswagen wants its modular auto platform to become "a standard not only for the VW group", Michael Jost told the paper.

And thus the fully electric Dune Buggy concept was born, a marriage of old and new. "These attributes are embodied by the new e-buggy, which demonstrates how a modern, non-retro interpretation of a classic can look and, more than anything else, the emotional bond that electric mobility can create", said Klaus Bischoff, Volkswagen's head of design, in a statement.

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