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Volkswagen puts futuristic spin on possible Microbus revival with ID Buzz concept


With its focus towards electric drivetrains gaining in momentum, Volkswagen unveiled its latest concept at the North American International Auto Show in the from an all-electric successor to iconic Microbus.

Dubbed ID Buzz, the concept harks back to the first generation Microbus or T1 with a prominent V-shaped front end, retro two-tone paint finish, short front and rear overhangs and dual sunroofs.

Providing forward momentum though, the ID Buzz comes fitted with two 150 kW electric motors for a combined total system output of 275 kW, a top speed of 160 km/h and 0-100 km/h dash of five seconds. Able to travel 600 km on a single charge, Volkswagen claims the fully-autonomous ID Buzz takes just 30 minutes to charge up to 80% using the Combined Charging System or inductive charging interface.

Among its features are seats which can turn 180 degrees including that of the driver, a touch-pad in place of the steering wheel, ID Pilot which retracts the pad for complete autonomous driving, User ID that recognises the driver and adjust the car is his / her preference, augmented reality heads-up display, centre console ID Box allowing for vehicle information to be displayed and audio setup adjustment, cameras instead of rear-view mirrors, laser LED headlights and electric rear view mirror.

Although Volkswagen is expected to unveil the first batch of its fully electric ID vehicles in 2020, it remains unknown if the ID Buzz will make it to production at this stage.

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