Magnus Walker got to know the I.D.BUZZ first hand. The Volkswagen team persuaded him to take a spin along 17 Mile Drive with its dramatic views of the Pacific coastline. Walker takes hold of the touch-sensitive retractable steering wheel and gently depresses the accelerator pedal: he is pressed back into the seat as the car silently moves off. That is a totally new experience for him: "But the strange feeling became a magical one as I sped along the coast and, all of a sudden, I could hear the breakers rolling in from the ocean, the seagulls mewing … fantastic!" is how Walker describes this exotic feeling.
"Then I stopped at the side of the road and climbed into the back. You get such a sense of space – and those big windows…. That was the climax of my ride! I don't think I've ever had such an intensive encounter with a car. I know the I.D.BUZZ is totally futuristic, but it awoke an old longing in me: to be at one with the moment and to savor the fullness to the very last drop", he says in philosophical mood.
Later, Walker discusses things with Klaus Bischoff. Volkswagen's design chief has also come to Pebble Beach. Walker asks about the development process for the I.D. BUZZ, and Bischoff explains: "We are 100% motivated with the I.D. BUZZ! Simplicity is paramount for the concept. We want to evoke the T1, but we don't want to imitate it. So we have an original red-and-white T1 in our design studio." Bischoff adds: "We keep on going over to the Bulli, open the sliding door, sit down, catch inspiration, talk and let our thoughts run free. We still have time before series production begins. And we will be doing some fine-tuning before then. I'm really looking forward to the day I see the friendly face of the I.D. BUZZ on the road!"
Magnus Walker enjoyed some other spectacular test drives during the Pebble Beach Automotive Week. He is a real crowd-puller. And here in Monterey, publicity is everything. He shared his impressions of the week on Instagram: "I got to drive a variety of cars over the past few days - the Volkswagen I.D. BUZZ was defiantly a memorable one #vwbus."