An icon of a of new era: Volkswagen grows the I.D. family with new Microbus

At the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the Volkswagen I.D concept is all set to gain a familiar looking family member, described as a ‘multi- functional vehicle for a new era’.

The concept vehicle forges links between the legendary origins of the Volkswagen brand and its electrifying future. Like the I.D., this concept is also based on the Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB), and so it shows the potential of the MEB platform.

Strong appearance with hints of the original VW Camper

Since the presentation of the I.D. at the Paris International Motor Show in September of this year, these initials have stood primarily for a new generation of fully connected, all-electric vehiclesfrom Volkswagen. The I.D. also stands for a new design language of pure forms and hints of the past.

The latest concept takes the reigns from the BUDD-e showcar.  The design of iconic BUDD-e have received global praise and has inspired a generation to look at the possibility of driving an electric vehicle.

This I.D. concept vehicle will also be able to drive fully autonomously in the future. A light press on the Volkswagen logo, and the electrically retractable steering wheel retracts into the cockpit. While the driver relaxes, laser scanners, ultrasonic and radar sensors and cameras monitor other road users and the surroundings.


The I.D. concept vehicle in Detroit forges links between the legendary origins of the Volkswagen brand and its electrifying future. Its overall concept is revolutionary. It combines ample space for travel with a long electric driving range. A new feeling of freedom – with zero emissions.

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