VW keeps trying to bring back enough of what made them famous (cute cars that were endearing) and add in hi-tech aspects to make sure they are at the edge of innovation.....
I'm not sure that we'll see a pile of kids pile into this for a road trip to a Phish Concert...more likely this would be useful for trendy Urbanites heading out to IKEA.....
Volkswagen Bulli Concept Debuts at New York Auto Show
April 24, 2011
Volkswagen’s new Bulli Concept for America made its U.S. debut at the 2011 New York Auto Show. The new compact six-seat multipurpose vehicle that is based on the MDS or “modular design system platform” was previously launched at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.
The zero-emissions vehicle is electrically powered using an electric motor that can generate a power output of 85 kW and a torque of 199 lb.-ft. The electric motor is supplied with energy from a lithium-ion battery with a maximum storage capacity of 40 kWh.
When it comes to performance, the new Bulli can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in about 11.5 seconds and with a top speed of 87 mph. The lithium-ion battery pack lets the Bulli Concept to a run a total of 186.4 miles on single charge.
Volkswagen had announced the availability of gas and diesel direct injection powertrains as alternative drives for the new Bulli Concept that was launched at Geneva Motor Show. But the German automaker has not made it clear whether the engine options will be there for the North American model.
The Volkswagen Bulli Concept that debuted at New York will also feature an infotainment system that’s solely controlled by an Apple iPad, the company added.