Production VW ID. Buggy launch still possible, hints CEO

The VW ID. Buggy that debuted at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show was Volkswagen’s second recreational ID. model following the ID. Buzz. According to a report from Autoblog, it could evolve into a production all-electric beach buggy in the future.

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Volkswagen wanted to launch the VW ID. Buggy by outsourcing production to e.GO Mobile. However, the German start-up soon found itself facing bankruptcy, and the company canceled plans. Manufacturing in-house wasn’t feasible, with a Volkswagen official saying that the company “can only do large-scale production,” auto motor und sport reported in July 2020. Ralf Brandstatter, CEO, Volkswagen, explicitly ruled out the launch, saying that the company “won’t do this car,” Autocar reported in December 2020.

Fast-forward to 2021, and the Aachen-based electric vehicle startup has made a remarkable transformation to the stage of resuming production and planning for the future as Next.e.GO Mobile, and Volkswagen may have reconsidered the ID. Buggy project. Are these two developments related? It’s unclear, but Brandstatter has told Autoblog that launching a production VW ID. Buggy is “still in discussion.”

Next.e.GO Mobile announced in July 2021 that it will build a new micro-car factory with an annual production capacity of up to 30,000 units in Lovech, Bulgaria. The company plans to begin production here in Q1 2024.

On the ID. Buggy concept

The VW ID. Buggy concept sits on the RWD MEB platform. It’s similar in most dimensions to the FWD MEB short-based VW ID. Life concept that will lead to the ID.2 in 2025. Both concepts have an identical wheelbase of 2,650 mm. Perhaps it would be better for Volkswagen to launch the production vehicle on the MEB short platform, provided this platform allows for AWD with an additional motor in the rear.

AspectVW ID. Buggy Specification
Length4,063 mm (160 in)
Width1,890 mm (74.4 in)
Height1,463 mm (57.6 in)
Wheelbase2,650 mm (104.3 in)
Ground Clearance240 mm (9.4 in)
Tires255/55 R18 (front) and 285/60 R18 (rear)
SeatsTwo
PlatformMEB
Drivetrain LayoutRWD (AWD optional)
Max. Power201 hp
Max. Torque228 lb-ft
Battery Pack62 kWh lithium-ion
0-62 mph Acceleration Time7.2 seconds
Top Speed99 mph
Range (Volkswagen-est. WLTP)155 miles

We’ll update the page when we know more about the VW ID. Buggy.

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