VW Bulli Concept from Volkswagen Group of America
Rumors often have some basis of truth to them, so it’s probably fair to say that reports that Volkswagen will build the Bulli Concept in Mexico in 2013 as a 2014 model may be pretty close to home.
Home being Germany, that is, where the automaker is headquartered. Across the channel, Autocar is the source for this report, citing VW’s group design chief Walter de Silva as saying, “As a designer, I am convinced by this idea. We don’t have a space for another conventional MPV [multi-purpose vehicle], but this one would be desirable on a different level, combining practicality with the heritage appeal.”
Indeed, when the Volkswagen Bulli Concept was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show this past March, it drew a lot of attention and interest from show attendees, press and public alike. The concept vehicle brings back memories of the VW Bus of the 1960s and 1970s, although this latest iteration is smaller than the original. The design is also reminiscent of the Microbus Concept VW unveiled in 2001.
With its squared-off shape and retro-cool design, the Bulli Concept could very well appeal to families looking for something other than Japanese vehicles like the Nissan Cube or Kia Soul. Not quite as big as a minivan, the Bulli Concept is roomy inside, easily seating five adults comfortably, along with a great deal of cargo space and flexibility.
Keying in on the Volkswagen heritage may also hit the right consideration note for prospective U.S. buyers. The Bulli Concept, if it does get built in Mexico at the automaker’s Puebla plant, will be assembled alongside the new 2012 VW Beetle coming this fall and forthcoming Beetle Cabriolet model due out early next year.
If reports are true, it’s also likely that the production version of the Bulli Concept won’t be an electric, at least not to begin with. Our sister publication, TheCarConnection, points out that the Bulli Concept is rumored to feature a conventional combustion engine at launch.
Will rumor become reality sometime in 2013? Stay tuned in to what's happening and we'll report it here.