It's official. The Kombi is back!
On Saturday, Volkswagen confirmed that it will put the electric I.D. BUZZ Concept car into production as the spiritual successor to the company's iconic van, known in the US as the "Microbus".
Volkswagen made the announcement during the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in Monterey, California.
"This vehicle unites past and future, as well as Pebble Beach and Silicon Valley," Volkswagen CEO Dr. Herbert Diess, said in a statement.
According to Volkswagen, the decision to make the announcement at Pebble Beach was in honour of the important role California has played in the history of the microbus and to the contributions of the VW van to the state's car culture.
"The Microbus has long been part of the California lifestyle. Now we're bringing it back by reinventing it as an electric vehicle," Dr. Diess added.
The I.D. BUZZ made its world debut at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. The electric four-door van is expected to reach showrooms in 2022 and its targeted towards the US, Chinese, and European markets.
Volkswagen hasn't offered its imported Transporter van to US buyers in roughly 15 years and it hasn't had a van at all in the US market since it dropped the Routan in 2014. (The Routan was a rebadged fifth-generation Dodge Caravan.)
VW has not released technical specs for the production van. However, the concept car has a range of 430km, 369 horsepower from its all-electric drivetrain, and a 111 kWh battery pack can reach 80% charge in 30 minutes. The I.D. BUZZ-based microbus will be built on VW Group's new MEB electric vehicle platform.