I heard about Volkswagen discussing the potential for a brand new, electrical, MEB-archicture Kübelwagen or Factor a pair days in the past, however was hesitant to jot down about it as a result of, properly, I’m undecided if it’s simply idle discuss or if there’s some grain of seriousness behind it. I suppose it doesn’t actually matter, as a result of it’s fascinating sufficient it’s even being talked about.
The dialogue comes from statements given by Volkswagen brand-honcho Herbert Diess to Automobile and Driver:
“MEB is versatile—rear-wheel drive, front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive—and we’ve got so many emotional ideas. I don’t know should you keep in mind the Kübelwagen. This Factor is a pleasant automobile. Then there are all of the buggies, the package automobiles. We’ve got the bus. We’ve got the varied derivatives of the bus. We’ve got so many thrilling ideas in our historical past that we don’t must do a Beetle.”
So, earlier than we get too Factor-crazy, let’s take a look at what he’s actually saying right here—that their new MEB electrical, modular platform is actually versatile, and that VW has a crapton of fascinating historical past to select by means of to doubtlessly resurrect, and since MEB is all-wheel drive succesful, a brand new Factor could possibly be a risk.
Referring to the automobile as a Kübelwagen is type of a wierd alternative, since that automobile was constructed just for Germany’s WWII use, which, as you could guess, doesn’t precisely have one of the best PR optics. The modernized model of the Kübelwagen (properly, late ‘60s, early ‘70s trendy), the Factor, has a a lot friendlier status in America, and, if this occurred, is the far possible candidate for a reputation revival.
Diess additionally hints at MEB taking up type of the position that the unique VW Beetle chassis had—as a platform for all kinds of package our bodies, dune buggies, and so forth. I’d personally like to see a rebirth of a versatile platform like that, fostering a the inventive package automobile explosion low cost previous VW pans as soon as made attainable.
Additionally fascinating is what he needed to say a couple of attainable subsequent Beetle and the upcoming reborn bus:
“We might [build an electric Beetle], as a result of it’s rear-wheel drive, no grille. If we wished to do a Beetle electrically, it will be significantly better than the present automobile. A lot nearer to the historical past of the Beetle. [But] I feel the Microbus is a significantly better emotional idea for the model than the Beetle. If you happen to go to California, all people would say it’s the bus.”
That is all very fascinating, and an uncommon quantity of candor concerning the future from an auto firm government.
I’m undecided if I really feel like this implies a brand new Factor, however the thrilling factor is that it might. I think that loads of this has to do with how versatile the MEB platform proves to be as soon as in manufacturing.
I’m going to be cautiously hopeful a couple of re-born, electrical VW Factor. I’ll know the way hopeful I’ll let myself be as soon as we see what occurs with the brand new Microbus.
After which I’ll hope for a brand new Brasilia, Fridolin, and Nation Buggy.