Volkswagen Beach Buggy is being resurrected as an electric concept

Volkswagen electric Dune Buggy concept brings the 60s to the present

Volkswagen electric Dune Buggy concept brings the 60s to the present

Almost 60 years ago, Bruce Meyers created the Meyers Manx - an indecently cute VW Beetle-based dune buggy that came to define the beach culture that conceived it.

The concept of the fully electric buggy is based on the vehicles that were created in the 1960s in California. Taking its cues from popular American dune buggies, the concept vehicle is based on the modular electric drive matrix (MEB), demonstrating how multifaceted the new platform is.

- World premiere at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.

That said, expect full details to be revealed once the electric buggy makes it debut at the upcoming Geneva International Motor Show next March.

Described by VW design boss Klaus Bischoff as a "modern, non-retro interpretation of a classic", it bears no styling resemblance to any current VW model, and appears to lack both doors and a roof, like the unofficial kit vehicle original.

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In a single teaser image, the electric dune buggy is seen with a flared and swooping body, no doors, direct entry sills and an open top. The ID's characteristic circular LED headlights are present along with massive knobby wheels.

"A buggy is more than a vehicle", said Klaus Bischoff, head designer at Volkswagen. It is vibrancy and energy on four wheels. But before you go reaching for the DEET or that electrified badminton racket thing, know that it's the exciting electric dune-buggy kind of "bug".

Volkswagen says the concept serves to show the versatility of the MEB platform, allowing for not just mass production vehicles to be build on it, but also for low-volume niche vehicles.

Well, the dune buggy may have been born in the U.S., but it's being reinvented in Switzerland at this year's International Motor Show in Geneva.

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