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Is Volkswagen thinking of making a new microbus?

02:59 PM


Even today, a decade later, the 2001 Volkswagen microbus concept still stuns. It's hard to imagine why VW didn't make it a production vehicle. Now VW is cracking the door open again -- but has time passed them on?

Volkswagen chief designer Klaus Bischoff told a British magazine that he "would not be doing my job properly if I was not thinking of bringing back the Camper," Autoevolution reports.

This was during last month's Los Angeles Auto Show media days. Typically, these types of comments get blown out of proportion on the blogosphere. Some will post images of the last Microbus concept — like the one above — and declare it a foregone conclusion that it's in the pipeline.

But then VW appeared to confirm, saying in a tweet that "Klaus Bischoff confirms #VW is working on plans to 'bring back' a new version of the Microbus! Interested?"

Instead of making a new microbus, VW opted instead for a rebadged Chrysler minivan, which it calls the Routan. As these makeovers go, this one is fairly well done. But it's no microbus.



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