Revival of classic beach buggy is "under active consideration"; would sit on the MEB modular platform
6 December 2018

Volkswagen is set to resurrect the classic Meyers Manx beach buggy as a modern-day electric car featuring key elements of its new MEB (modular electric architecture) platform as well as the electric driveline destined to power next year’s ID hatchback.

The new two-seater, currently under construction at Volkswagen’s Braunschweig-based R&D centre in Germany, is described as a modern interpretation of the original rear-engined, Beetle-based Manx buggy. It's an open-top design featuring a low-set body, a free-standing windscreen, a sturdy roll-over bar and large wheels.

While shrouded in secrecy, the new electric buggy is said to be under “active consideration” as a possible addition to Volkswagen’s upcoming line-up of zero-emissions ID models. The first of these, a production version of the earlier ID hatchback concept, is planned to be unveiled during the third quarter of 2019.

A Volkswagen source has revealed to Autocar that the new beach buggy is among three retro-themed ID models masterminded by Volkswagen chairman Herbert Diess. It is planned to complement the Microbus-inspired Buzz van and a secret new five-door hatchback model described as a recreation of the Beetle.

Current plans call the new Volkswagen buggy to be unveiled at the 2019 Geneva motor show.

The original Manx was designed for desert racing by Californian Bruce Meyers. It was produced between 1964 and 1971 in the form of a kit car based around the shortened chassis of the Beetle

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6 December 2018

  Well, to be honest, I’d have though5 someone would have done this already, say for the annual Pikes Peak....?

Peter Cavellini.

7 December 2018
Peter Cavellini wrote:

  Well, to be honest, I’d have though5 someone would have done this already, say for the annual Pikes Peak....?

 

Peter Yawnallini, what have Beach Buggies (notice I emphasised the word beach there) got to do with Pikes Peak? Which 1, is in the middle of America, so quite a long way from any beaches, and 2, 14'000ft high, so even if it was near a beach, it would still be quite far away from a beach.

6 December 2018

another EV VAG story.  Don't they ever rest!

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

FMS

6 December 2018
xxxx wrote:

another EV VAG story.  Don't they ever rest!

 

Another pointless post from you. Didn't your guardian tell you that it is the job of a journalist to report the news, not selectively pick and choose which parts suit their style and which parts do not.

 

Don't YOU ever rest from your idiotic ramblings?. TwIT, the w is silent ,as you should be.

6 December 2018

...shrouded in secrecy if there's an article printed in Autocar about it.  This was presumably produced from the VW Goup press release which also, presumable, contained the words "shouded in secrecy".  Yawn.  Has to be noted that JLR has produced and sold an electric E-type  in the time it's taken VAG to type out and approve a press release.

6 December 2018

VAG by nature....

Daz

FMS

6 December 2018
Dilly wrote:

VAG by nature....

 

Volkswagen Audi Group by nature?...means what?. Other than the NAME of the business, what in the nature of VAG, does the name VAG describe?.

6 December 2018

Thank cripes for that, I just thought it was me that smirked every time I see the name.

I say my bit, then go. So although I'm interested in what you may initially say, I don't care what you think about what I've written, so I won't read whatever your reply is.

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