Volkswagen Bulli Concept may get the green light for production


Volkswagen is seriously considering to build the Bulli Concept MPV due high public interest since its debut. The VW Bulli Concept was debuted at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. It is dubbed as a modern version of the iconic Microbus of the 1960s.

The Bulli Concept is a five-seat MPV. It is relatively smaller than the original Microbus, with measurements of 3.99 meter in length, 1.75 meter in width, and 1.70 meter in height. It has a wheelbase at about 2.62 meter.

The VW Bulli Concept originally debut as an all-electric vehicle. It is powered electric motor producing 85 kW (114 hp) and 199 lb-ft of torque. Battery power is provided by a lithium-ion battery pack, which can be charged in less than an hour at a charging station. In experiencing with Volkswagen’s powertrains, it is likely we will get to see an extended drive version as well, which incorporates a gasoline or diesel engine.

According to Volkswagen, the Bulli Concept can drive up to 185 miles on a single charge. It can accelerate from 0-62 mph in about 11.5 seconds and with a top speed reaching 87 mph.

VW Group’s head of design, Walter da Silva, recently told Autocar magazine that the company is leaning toward of building the Bulli: “We don’t have space for another MPV, but as a designer I am convinced by this idea. This one would be desirable on a different level, combining practicality with heritage appeal”.

The VW Bulli was first popular in the U.S., and if built, the VW Bulli will be available first to the U.S. market sometime in 2014.