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      02-28-2011 08:56 PM #1
      We are here at the Geneva Auto Show where Volkswagen has unveiled one of their concepts tonight at a private event - the Bulli Concept. In Germany, Bulli is the common nickname for the original Microbus and as you can see, this concept was obviously built in the same spirit. With two-tone paint, upright styling and loads of other retro touches, VW set out to create something with a nod to the past, but with the latest in technology and economy. We know what you're thinking - we've been down this road before and VW is teasing us once again. Well, maybe...

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    2. 02-28-2011 09:02 PM #2
      I like the outside, but the seats look painful!

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      02-28-2011 09:09 PM #3
      x2 - the outside is pretty cool - but yeah the inside is pretty plain

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      02-28-2011 09:09 PM #4
      I would buy one in a heart beat this thing looks awesome!

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      02-28-2011 09:13 PM #5
      I don't believe it for a second.

    6. 02-28-2011 09:15 PM #6
      really nice look, make it a little longer and change the seating and i'll take one.

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      02-28-2011 09:18 PM #7
      I want it i love it i want it pleas build it i want it ill buy it!!!!!!!!!!!
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      02-28-2011 09:20 PM #8
      PS: why is it that the only nice looking ne VWs are the ones that would fall under the SUV catigory? minus the NCC which future is TBA
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      02-28-2011 09:23 PM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by snailc View Post
      really nice look, make it a little longer and change the seating and i'll take one.
      Yeah, it's actually pretty small - probably designed with Europe and the world market in mind - but would still fit the urban US market.

      I like the versatility.

      Here is a size comparison:


      ______ Golf ____ Bulli ___ Kia Soul _____

      length 4.199 m || 3.99 || 4.105

      width 1.786 m || 1.75 || 1.79

      height 1.512 m || 1.70 || 1.61

      wheel base 2.578 m || 2.62 || 2.55

      track front/rear 1.541/1.514 m || 1.50/1.50 || 1.57/1.58

      weight ~3,000 lbs || 3,150 || ~2,800

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      02-28-2011 09:25 PM #10
      I'll Take 2 Please
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    11. 02-28-2011 09:29 PM #11
      This is definitely a Bi**hin new school dub.. I love the interior, there is soo much space! Even though the seats don't look as comfortable as my Recaro Trophy's, I still love it and would haul my family in this.

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      02-28-2011 09:33 PM #12
      Wow. I have not been a fan of their recent offerings.

      This looks good, AND I could see it being a useful vehicle.

      I mean these days a newly introduced VW that I both could use, and like is almost surprising.

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      02-28-2011 09:50 PM #13
      Not so sure. I've been hoping the Microbus concept would finally come out on the new US Passat platform with a full 6-8 seats. This is still a 4 seater for all intents and purposes, and doesn't stand to replace the Routan. While it is very cool, and I could see it fitting my daily driver needs, it isn't the "family van" I wish they would make. Chrysler is a stop-gap at best, and I am saying that as an owner of a Routan SEL!!

      VW, I love the concept as a Golf alternative but PLEASE BUILD A REAL MINIVAN!!!! I don't want a Chrysler, or a Toyota, or a Honda. I WANT A VW!!

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      02-28-2011 10:03 PM #14
      Needs to be a bit larger for the NA market and I imagine there would be at least a couple engine options. For the traditional nuclear family of 4, this could be an appealing option. I'd hit it.
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      02-28-2011 10:08 PM #15
      I've been waiting for the return of the microbus for what seems forever but this, as cool as it seems, sorta reminds me of a scion / cube / mini clubman / element type more than a VW Bus.. More retro details would be nice. Interior looks simple and the fold down seats make it a good hauler but I must agree that the seats look uncomfortable. Thank you for keeping the dream alive..
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    16. 02-28-2011 10:14 PM #16
      Sorry guys but I don't think they "killed it" like they did with the original Microbus concept. This looks too small and not in the original spirit. Nice design but no thanks. Otherwise, bring us the Touran....the Routan is just god-awful American and un-inspiring.

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      02-28-2011 10:26 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by definition56 View Post
      Sorry guys but I don't think they "killed it" like they did with the original Microbus concept. This looks too small and not in the original spirit. Nice design but no thanks. Otherwise, bring us the Touran....the Routan is just god-awful American and un-inspiring.

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      EXACTLY!!! $40K is not too much if this car was built...

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      02-28-2011 10:28 PM #19
      You can't do any bang bus activity in the rear bench it looks like...

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      02-28-2011 10:41 PM #20
      OK, VW...thats interesting and pretty cool as a four passenger vehicle. Nice job - you've got my attention. Now...quit screwing around and make an affordable bus (Bulli). No more "German production cost" or "chicken tax" problems to stop you. Make it cool. Make it in Chattanooga affordably...and define a segment.

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      02-28-2011 10:59 PM #22
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    23. 02-28-2011 11:10 PM #23
      Yes, it looks nice. But is this a real "concept" if it's just a bunch of computer drawings? I mean don't most photochop folks create the same thing every day? In other words, is this something they're going to do as a concept vehicle or just some pics to keep our whistles wet for the time being?

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      02-28-2011 11:24 PM #24
      Six passenger configuration? Neat.

      I like the look of this car. Looks UP ish ... no?

      But they're saying existing transverse engine platform, is that MQB?
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      02-28-2011 11:40 PM #25
      I like it!

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      02-28-2011 11:42 PM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by definition56 View Post
      Sorry guys but I don't think they "killed it" like they did with the original Microbus concept. This looks too small and not in the original spirit. Nice design but no thanks. Otherwise, bring us the Touran....the Routan is just god-awful American and un-inspiring.

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      Exactly... thanks for saving me the trouble of looking for the picture of it.

    27. 02-28-2011 11:44 PM #27
      Congrats to VW for realizing their horrible mistake in the Routan ... so why did they come up with a PT clone instead?
      Please give us a real Microbus instead. The 2001 version fits the bill and it looks avantgarde even today.

    28. 02-28-2011 11:51 PM #28
      would really like it if i could tow something with it, i like the idea of the electric engine but how about a petrol/diesel option too? i know its a concept but im just saying..

      oh and starting under 20k would be nice

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      Sign me up! How about a retro 21window deluxe?

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      03-01-2011 12:17 AM #30
      Quote Originally Posted by comcf View Post
      Yes, it looks nice. But is this a real "concept" if it's just a bunch of computer drawings? I mean don't most photochop folks create the same thing every day? In other words, is this something they're going to do as a concept vehicle or just some pics to keep our whistles wet for the time being?
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      03-01-2011 12:18 AM #31
      Do it do it do it do it!! I'll buy one in a heartbeat. Of course, we know what is likely to happen in production. They'll change it and it won't be as cool. The interior will be completely different, and the exterior won't be as aggressive, and won't be as cool. Look at the CC concept and the actual production car. But, if they make it and it looks like this, and they make the seats look more comfortable for a fat old guy like me, then I'd be all over this. Trade in my TDI and my Tiguan, and start making payments. Hands down. And I agree with an earlier post too. We need something like this in America. The Routan is absolutely HORRIBLE!!!!!! What a rip off! I didn't want a Caravan or anything that Dodge makes. Slapping a VW badge on it doesn't make it good. It just makes it a hunk of junk AND a joke. Anyhow, bring on the Bulli. I'm all over it if it comes out and looks this good.
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      03-01-2011 12:18 AM #32
      Love the idea, but can they make it a little bigger. Something we could actualy use. I mean, I would buy this in a heart beat if it was something I could use for something other than just driving me and my friends to dinner. My old '71 still can do that and take me camping or to the Home Depot to get a few sheets of 8"X4" plywood. WTF Why can't they get this right.

    33. 03-01-2011 12:50 AM #33
      I think the smaller size is more economical to build for VW.

      I would buy one no problem

      VW Stop Teasing the U.S. Market and bring something here NOW!!!!!!!!!!!



      And I loved the Microbus concept as well..

      I'll take either one just do us Americans a favor and give us something that the European market doesn't have.

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      03-01-2011 01:08 AM #34
      Quote Originally Posted by goacom View Post
      Congrats to VW for realizing their horrible mistake in the Routan ... so why did they come up with a PT clone instead?
      Please give us a real Microbus instead. The 2001 version fits the bill and it looks avantgarde even today.
      I was thinking more along the lines of the Honda Element. It has similar features as the Bulli concept such as the utility floor and simplistic look. Not a fan.


    35. 03-01-2011 01:09 AM #35
      more room!........sliding doors in the back......do something with the interior (looks like the bed I slept on at an austrian university in vienna for 5 bucks a night)

      did the acutally LOOK at the MAZDA5?...........it's PRACTICAL and USEFUL as a people carrier and cargo hauler.......you would think the germans would intergate those ideas into their cars as they are practical.............that's why wagons STILL sell in europe
      this car looks sort of cool BUT IT"S TOO SMALL to be of any use!......HELLO.......
      I'b be all over a sharon #1 if you could get one in the US and #2 it had sliding back doors.........but I'm sort of a practical person when it comes to cars........the need to do something besides seat people

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