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News Next VW Beetle Could Be A Rear-Wheel-Drive EV

18:56  14 november  2017
18:56  14 november  2017 Source:   motor1.com

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““The next decision on electric cars will be what kind of emotional concepts we need. If we wanted to do a Beetle , electrically it would be much better than today’s model, much closer to history, because it could be rear - wheel drive ,” Volkswagen chairman, Herbert Diess, told Autocar.

The information is based on recent comments from VW head Herbert Diess and the brand’s design boss Klaus Bischoff, both hinting that a Beetle EV could happen, but not before the launch of a couple of other more important electric vehicles from Volkswagen .

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The Volkswagen Beetle is one of the company’s oldest models still on sale today. The current generation was launched back in 2011 and sales are constantly declining, leaving the successor of the retro-inspired vehicle with a big question mark hanging above.

However, while VW is planning to end the production of the current Beetle, the company is not yet willing to give up on the retro wave and is considering a new Beetle with purely electric powertrain. According to a new report, it could join the brand’s initial range of electric vehicles, all based on the dedicated MEB (Modular Electric Baukasten) platform.

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The 2018 Volkswagen Beetle is a competent small car that’s showing its age. The same could be said for every other Beetle on the road and that hasn’t

Volkswagen is still planning to wrap up production of the current model, but according to a report by Autocar the beloved Beetle could get a new lease of life as VW is considering developing an all-electric rear - wheel drive successor.

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““The next decision on electric cars will be what kind of emotional concepts we need. If we wanted to do a Beetle, electrically it would be much better than today’s model, much closer to history, because it could be rear-wheel drive,” Volkswagen chairman, Herbert Diess, told Autocar.

Diess is referring to the fact that the original Beetle had a rear-mounted boxer engine and was rear-wheel drive. According to him, the flexible MEB architecture allows any direct successor of the current Beetle to switch again to RWD, providing a number of packaging advantages.

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A next -generation, rear- drive , EV punch buggy would sit on Volkswagen 's MEB platform. We can do nice things: rear - wheel drive , front- wheel drive , all- wheel drive ." Watch Tanner Foust Drift His 544-Horsepower VW Beetle RallyCross Car Up a Mountain Road.

VW 's original, iconic "Bug" version of the Beetle featured a rear -engine, rear - wheel - drive configuration when it launched in 1938. Green Volkswagen Coupe Electric electric vehicle ev report volkswagen beetle vw .

“We have a good chance on the electric side. You can do derivatives efficiently. We have a very flexible platform. We can do nice things: rear-wheel drive, front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive.”

Last month, Diess also revealed Volkswagen might resurrect another classic nameplate, the Kubelwagen, as an electric utility vehicle. He then confirmed the current Beetle “won’t go electric; the next one might, if there is a next one.”

A production version of the Bulli, Budd-e, and I.D. Buzz concepts is planned to become Volkswagen’s first retro-inspired electric vehicle. It will debut in 2022 and will offer Level 3 autonomous capabilities.

Source: Autocar

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