The buggy goes electric
The buggy, the little Beetle, was thus slimmed down, and made faster and wilder as a result, more exposed to wind and weather. It was a hit. Up into the 1980s, around 250,000 individual vehicles based on the Beetle were produced worldwide in limited series and as one-of-a-kind models: from the Beetle convertible to special and custom-built bodies made by companies like Hebmüller and Rometsch, and also that famous, completely open Meyers Manx buggy. Back then Bruce Meyers not only started a trend that continues to today, but also a company that sold dune-buggy building kits for the small budget. After some problems in the interim, the Meyers Manx company is back again.
Volkswagen has now introduced something brand new with its own ID.BUGGY – a buggy with an electric drive that promises an equal amount of fun whether driven on the beach or on city streets. “The ID. BUGGY’s puristic design is the modern, retro-free interpretation of an icon. It’s unmistakably a buggy. Yet it’s been completely re-imagined,” says Volkswagen Chief Designer Klaus Bischoff. The ID. BUGGY’s interior is indestructible and minimalistic in design; a conscious decision was made here as well to forgo a fixed roof and doors. The modern interpretation ties in with the cult concept of the 1960s California dune buggies – and has already won the audience award for its successful design at the Concourse d’Elegance Chantilly.