While it may not have been mainstream in this part of the world, Volkswagen’s much-loved Dune Buggy seems set for a future reappearance with the brand’s announcement about the concept.
The Dune Buggy concept highlights the versatility of the Wolfsburg brand’s new MEB(modular electric drive) platform which will serve to underpin it.
“A buggy is more than a car. It is vibrancy and energy on four wheels. These attributes are embodied by the new e-buggy, which demonstrates how a modern, non-retro interpretation of a classic can look and, more than anything else, the emotional bond that electric mobility can create,” states Klaus Bischoff, Head Designer at Volkswagen.
The vibrancy was at the core of the the Dune Buggy variants that powered the Flower Child generation along with the Beetle and Combi van. The Buggies were made using the Beetle Chassis, which made them tail heavy yet surprisingly nimble in the sand. Volkswagen’s new design seeks to connect back to the heydays of the 60’s and 70’s, oddly with the added message of clean drive technology.
Volkswagen is looking at various options to bring a series of lower volume niche vehicles to market, and it sees the MEB platform as the best bet.