In 1964, Bruce Meyers designed and built a fibreglass body for the Volkswagen Beetle as a kit-car chassis. In the process, he created the world’s first Volkswagen Buggy. The “Meyers Manx” buggy was born and became a cult classic car throughout the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s; forever linked to the beach lifestyle of North America.

In that period of time, around 250,000 Beetle based vehicles were built as one-offs or specials. This included various special editions and body kits. The Meyers-Manx Buggy being the first to inspire a generation to get involved in fun modifications. In the process, they created a cultural icon. 

Fast forward to 2019 and the Buggy is back!

At the Geneva Motor Show 2019, Volkswagen unveiled the all-electric I.D. Buggy as the latest entry into the I.D. range concept vehicles. The I.D. buggy is built upon the new Modular Electric Toolkit (MEB) designed specifically to maximise electric vehicle performance. The I.D. Buggy captures the fun and playful essence of the original while modernising a cultural icon.

Not only does the new I.D. Buggy look great from the outside but inside the concept car, the first thing you might notice is the lack of an interior beside the seats and the large roll hoop. This is to keep the design simplistic, clean and focus on the fun of driving. This is achieved through smart technologies such as the small digital drivers display which displays speed and drive selection.

Everything else is neatly tucked away. The minimalist design means there is no need for a ventilation system or infotainment system. Instead, for those who want to play music while driving they can use the Bluetooth connectivity and pair it with a mobile device. The I.D. Buggy has speakers fitted into the footwell and the audio can be controlled using touch-sensitive controls in the steering wheel.   

The I.D. Buggy has a 162kWh battery which delivers a driving range of around 155 miles and can use its 201 bhp electric motor to accelerate from 0-62mph in 7.2 seconds. The I.D Buggy is focused solely on just having fun.

It’s an interesting change in direction from the range of electric vehicles that are currently available or soon to hit the market. Sadly, there is no word on whether or not the I.D Buggy will go into production although that may change upon the success of MEB platform in the future.

We will be keeping an eye out for more news on the I.D Buggy but in the meantime, you can see the concept car in action below.

Published 17 Oct 2019  under