Posted 27.12.17

Published by Simon in the “Design Industry” and “Travel” categories

VW - Please Build This Camper

VW have been inundated with requests from customers to build the "ID Buzz"

Volkswagen plans to make a new electric van inspired by the one that spawned its much-loved iconic camper.

The last classic VW Kombi, or VW T2, was produced in Brazil in 2013 after safety standards there became too onerous for further adaptation.

Its new microbus made its debut in January. VW says it was inundated with requests to "please build this car".

VW said the electric van, known as the ID Buzz, will be aimed at customers in North America, Europe and China. There will also be a cargo version of the van.

The Kombi, or Bulli, as it was known in Germany, first went into production in 1950. Although it was originally simply designed as a jack-of-all-trades van, it is most associated with hippies and camping.

VW itself did not offer them tricked out with cookers, ovens nor even seats that converted to beds.

That came about after engineering firm Westfalia-Werke was asked by a British Army officer in 1950 to turn a VW in to a home, creating the first so-called "Camping Box".

The company then became VW's designated subcontractor for converting the basic vans to campers.

The new model will hit the road in 2022 but there are no plans as yet to produce a camper version.

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