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Volkswagen Bulli news - Geneva 2011: Volkswagen Bulli concept - 2011

Volkswagen’s design chief Klaus Bischoff looked at his new
Bulli concept, turned to TopGear’s reporter and asked, ‘Well, at the moment is
there an MPV that you would actually WANT to buy?’ Well, no there isn’t, really.
Certainly not VW’s own Touran, we’re thinking Mr Bischoff.

Which is why they made the Bulli. An MPV with the potential
to be a cult production car. It’s a two-row three-abreast MPV with a lot of
cues recalling the original VW Microbus. We think it’s one of the cars of the
 show.

See more pictures of the VW Bulli

VW has been here before. In 2001 it showed another Microbus
concept. But that never made production. Why come sniffing around the idea a
decade later? Well the 2001 car was too big for Europe, so would have sold in
the US only and they couldn’t make a sound business out of it. This one is
smaller so would fit the roads over here too.

It’s about the same length as a Polo but wider than a Golf,
with the wheels pushed right to the ends to give loads of space. And these same
proportions wouldn’t have to be diluted for production because it uses VW’s new
modular platform which can be made in all sorts of dimensions.

The concept car has an electric powertrain, but the real
thing would have the usual VW petrol and diesel engines.

The interior is beautifully clean, with versatile seating
that even folds flat to make a double bed. Better than a tent when you’re at
the summer festivals, and you don’t even need chemical assistance to think it’s
a looker.

This isn’t one of those production cars disguised as a
concept car, like the Ford B-Max. It’s an actual concept car. It hasn’t got the
go-ahead yet, even though something very like it could be built in three or
four years.  Whether it gets the nod
depends on what people like you think, oh TG.com reader. So add your comments
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