2013 Volkswagen Microbus
So Volkswagen wants to make a return of the classic and legendary bus from the 60’s synonymous with the hippy movement and hot boxing extraordinaire. I’m all for it. Call me an old timer or a nostalgic fool, but I’m all for anything retro that harkens back to the phenomenal and ground breaking designs of the late 60’ and early 70’s. Not the disco era, that can go suck a duck.
This is nothing new from Volkswagen. They’ve been talking about this for a good 20 years or more until the idea was killed completely for no apparent reason. There is more reason to make this happen than to not. There is a massive emotional nostalgia attached to the original VW mini bus. And an infusion of emotion is exactly what Volkswagen needs in its present snorefest line. Volkswagen is showing signs that its roots are stirring and that they’re looking to their passion for car designing again. Back in the day it was a total fluke that the German’s stumbled on by producing not one but two vehicles that would gain legendary and iconic status. Because in a truly German move, their intention was simply to produce a tough, reliable and inexpensive vehicle. And that also happened to be exactly the kind of car most young kids in the late sixties and early 70’s needed. Add a little psychedelic music and a lot of weed smoking and LSD dropping and you have a prolific subculture with unshakable nostalgic roots based on memories around a car.
Beyond aesthetics the 2013 Volkswagen Microbus doesn’t have much in common with its predecessor. But for most that won’t matter. If there’s one thing people are not going to miss it’s the clattered thunder of the old Volkswagen engine. Instead will be a far quieter and more efficient turbo charged four cylinder that will come in gas and diesel options. And in true hippy spirit there are rumors of a hybrid as well. The new 2013 Volkswagen MicroBus will be built on the same platform as the Jetta and Passat and will be front engine and front wheel drive. Volkswagen intends to target competitors like the Honda Odyssey, Nissan Quest and the Toyota Sienna.
The only foreseeable issue is that it will be built in Europe. And for as much credit given to a corporation for resisting the urge to outsouce their production to a much cheaper country, all that added cost will only get handed down to the consumer. And that translates to likely a rather hefty price range around $40,000. And that’s a lot of coin to pay for nostalgia.
We can expect to see the new Volkswagen MicroBus sometime in the fall of 2013 or early 2014. And you can guarantee they will be rolling in the streets finished in airbrushed flowers and peace signs.