VW to unveil new dune buggy — and it’s electric-powered

VW to unveil new dune buggy — and it’s electric-powered

Debut for concept vehicle set for March 5 at Geneva Motor Show

Volkswagen announced Wednesday afternoon that it will unveil a new dune buggy in March — as an electric-powered concept vehicle.

“Volkswagen is bringing a legend back to life!” the company said.  “At the beginning of March, the Wolfsburg-based company will reveal the first fully electric version of a new dune buggy. Taking its cues from popular American dune buggies, the concept vehicle is based on the modular electric drive matrix (MEB), demonstrating how multifaceted the new platform is.”

The 1964 Meyers Manx named Old Red in its natural surroundings, a California beach | Historic Vehicle Association

Back in 1964, Californian Bruce Meyers took a VW Beetle chassis, added a hand-formed fiberglass open body and created “Old Red,” the first Meyers Manx and thus the original dune buggy. The vehicle became popular for cruising beaches and racing in Baja and became a cultural icon.

“A buggy is more than a car,” VW’s head designer Klaus Bischoff is quoted in the new release. “It is vibrancy and energy on four wheels. These attributes are embodied by the new e-buggy, which demonstrates how a modern, non-retro interpretation of a classic can look and, more than anything else, the emotional bond that electric mobility can create.”

In its announcement, Volkswagen noted that the dune buggy underscored the flexibility of the Beetle chassis. 

The MEB is VW’s new and fully electric vehicle platform, which the company said will be used not only for mass-production vehicles, but for niche production as well.

Bruce Meyers shaping the first Manx in 1964 | Historic Vehicle Association

 “Now, the MEB is proving to be just as flexible,” it added. “True to the original vehicles, this reinterpretation of a dune buggy has no fixed roof or conventional doors, while the large wheels and off-road tires and open side sills dominate the overall look.”

VW’s e-buggy will be unveiled March 5 at Volkswagen’s media conference at the Geneva Motor Show.



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    January 31, 2019, 9:03 AM

    the New ‘Electric’ VW-Dune Buggy , should be Monickered as the "VOLTS-WAGEN" ! !
    Put that spin in your sales programs , I owned two Bugs and a DuneBuggy by 1973.

    • Randy Cald@JACK BLAKE
      January 31, 2019, 3:34 PM

      They can’t fudge emissions now with the electric motor…HA!

  • Joel France
    January 31, 2019, 3:24 PM

    I am interested about the condition of your jeep puckup.

    What motor and drivetrain is in your jeep puckup?

  • Woody Snell
    January 31, 2019, 4:01 PM

    I might be interested if it were not electric because, if I were to buy one, I’d have to ditch it after 10 years or so when the batteries failed and it cost a fortune to replace them …..just like on the Prius today.

  • Mike Paull
    February 1, 2019, 10:38 AM

    That would be GREAT ! Out buggying around, batts go dead, just plug it in to…………?

  • keith h. crawford,md
    February 1, 2019, 11:12 AM

    i want it!!!! how much??????????????????????