The iconic “hippie wagon” may soon see a very apropos resurrection from the dead. Speaking at the New York Auto Show, Volkswagen board member Dr Heinz-Jakob Neusser announced that the German auto company was working on a brand new camper concept — one that would run on batteries, rather than petrol, powering an electric motor driving the front wheels.
Talking to Autocar at the event, Dr Neusser said that the new car would maintain three iconic design principles of the original Type 2 microbus, first introduced in Germany in 1950. “First the wide, solid, D-Pillar,” he said; “Second the boxy design of the centre section; and, thirdly, the front end must have a very short overhang. The distance from the A-pillar to the front end must be very short.” » Read the rest of this entry «