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billwilliams70
03-02-2011, 06:36 PM
GENEVA Volkswagen AG is resurrecting its iconic microbus, which debuted in 1950 and became a favorite of hippies for its unique styling and copious space for travelers.

Volkswagen is showing a concept version of the van known by its German nickname, the Bulli at the Geneva Auto Show on Tuesday. Among the six-seater's modern twists: It's powered by an electric motor and uses an iPad to control the entertainment system, climate control and other functions.

Volkswagen said the Bulli can go up to 186.4 miles on a single battery charge. That's far, considering that the Nissan Leaf is rated at 73 miles on a charge by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Bulli can go up to 87 miles per hour.

The Bulli was the brainchild of a Dutch Volkswagen importer, Ben Pon, who in 1947 sketched out a simple public bus built on the wheels of the Volkswagen Beetle. The original Bulli was made from 1950 to 1967. Other versions followed, and the vehicle was eventually sold worldwide.

The concept is slightly shorter and wider than the original, with a less boxy front. But there are plenty of nods to the original, including a three-person bench seat in the front and a two-tone paint job.

Volkswagen hasn't confirmed that the concept van will go into production.
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Here's the link. (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/eu_geneva_auto_show_vw_bus)
Pictures (http://news.yahoo.com/nphotos/VW-unveils-new-microbus-loved-hippies/ss/events/bs/030111vwbulli;_ylt=Ao48jcZVAKboE9j574UFLcNs.aF4;_y lu=X3oDMTEwcHQ1amx0BHBvcwMyMwRzZWMDeW5fZmVhdHVyZWQ Ec2xrA2ltYWdl#photoViewer=/110301/481/urn_publicid_ap_org_b461740ff86848699e4bcde2b61467 47)

Later.

Chuck
03-02-2011, 06:48 PM
Here's the link. (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/eu_geneva_auto_show_vw_bus)
Pictures (http://news.yahoo.com/nphotos/VW-unveils-new-microbus-loved-hippies/ss/events/bs/030111vwbulli;_ylt=Ao48jcZVAKboE9j574UFLcNs.aF4;_y lu=X3oDMTEwcHQ1amx0BHBvcwMyMwRzZWMDeW5fZmVhdHVyZWQ Ec2xrA2ltYWdl#photoViewer=/110301/481/urn_publicid_ap_org_b461740ff86848699e4bcde2b61467 47)

Later.

AWESOME!!

I'm far from a hippie but I would love one!!

Miss Foxy
03-02-2011, 06:52 PM
I give it my approval. I love VW's..

County Mike
03-02-2011, 06:57 PM
186 miles on one charge has me sold. Especially if the charger plugs into a standard 110 outlet. The Nissan Leaf requires some special electronic docking station to be installed in your home. Which means if you drive too far and don't have the juice to get home, you're beat.

cubsfan47
03-03-2011, 01:06 PM
[old timer mode]
Thinks of wasted youth, the drinking, the toking, the mattress in the back of the bus.....sigh. How did I ever make it?
[/old timer mode]:sad::laugh::laugh::laugh: