The president of Volkswagen, Herbert Diess, is the one who has acknowledged he would like to bring back the iconic Kübelwagen on the new electric platform MEB and not just in the form of a concept. According Diess, it would be a great alternative to the market.
Volkswagen Type 181 classic.
He has been president of the German mark itself which revealed that You want to bring back the concept of Kübelwagen with a new electric model. In the words of a Car&Driver USA, Herbert Diess said he would like to bring back the sympathetic convertible, one of the few 4-door convertibles that have reached the market- using the new MEB platform, developed for future electric range of the German group.
He Volkswagen Kübelwagen or Type 82 It was originally a military vehicle designed by Ferdinand Porsche and built by Volkswagen during World War II, but later decided to release brand a civilian version based on the mechanical elements and frame Beetle, which he received the denomination Volkswagen Type 181, although the United States was dubbed "The Thing" and in Mexico Volkswagen Safari.
According Diess, the MEB platform is flexible, you can accommodate versions of front, rear or all-wheel drive, allowing multiple possibilities, so It can be used to raise many iconic brand models. also noting that the Type 181 was the basis for models such as buggies or dozens of cars kit employing this base in the seventies.
The original Type 181 was a multipurpose vehicle.
Sympathetic 181 was very successful at the time, It became manufactured in Germany, Mexico and even Indonesia, and it was in production continuously since 1968 until 1983, with nearly 91,000 units manufactured in total.
MEB new platform will play the iconic microbus of the German mark, which was overtaken by Volkswagen I.D. Buzz concept and the company recently confirmed its way to production, with an expected arrival date market in 2022. The original model, born in the sixties, It was related to technical level with the Type 181, so it is not surprising that the brand has been agreed at the moment of the small SUV.
The brand has not yet submitted all the concepts that make up the family of models I.D., which was framed precisely the I.D. Buzz concept, so it will not be surprising if in the coming months we some other model inspired by the past brand.