First, the e-van glides silently onto the stage. Then Herbert Diess, the Volkswagen brand CEO, and Eckhard Scholz, CEO of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, break the news that the I.D. BUZZ will be going into production – and talk of a mini-sensation spreads like wildfire. Standing in the crowd, David Bernardo agrees. His eyes shine.
The former art director from Silicon Valley can hardly believe it. For 15 years now, he's been hoping to hear those words, and at last it is really going to happen: the "Microbus", as the Bulli is called in the U.S., is getting a successor. "It's a dream come true, I so wanted Volkswagen to build the Buzz. And that's exactly what they're going to do!" The 52-year-old's face lights up as the cameras flash.