The Volkswagen Combi is no longer what it used to be

The Volkswagen Combi is no longer what it used to be

The Volkswagen Combi is no longer what it used to be

The ID.  The Buzz produced in Hanover aims for 130,000 units per year, mainly for the European market.

The car market is depressed and the car has lost much of its aura, but there are still models capable of stimulating the imagination and arousing enthusiasm. Electric reincarnation of the famous Combi of the Woodstock generation, the highly anticipated Volkswagen ID. Buzz has already sold two thirds of the 15,000 copies scheduled for this year, while the first deliveries are expected in November and has not yet been exhibited in the commercial network. For its big comeback, this surfer-favorite vehicle is benefiting from several waves: the strong growth in electric vehicle sales, the fervor for classic cars, and the return of van holiday fashion.

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From the Combi, the ID. Buzz appropriates the massive dropout, flat surfaces, V-shaped front end embossed with the huge VW logo, two-tone pattern with acid accents, sliding doors and engine installation between the rear wheels. It’s nothing, but that’s all. The German brand winked at its ancestor and did not allow itself to be softened by neo-retro sentimentality. No curves or round headlights, but straight lines and slender headlights. Modern, functional and too expensive (starting from the price, ecological bonus deducted, at 54,990 euros), the ID. Buzz, produced in Hanover, aims at 130,000 units per year, mainly destined for the European market, and conforms to the values ​​of its time.

Technological equipment

The large 77 kWh battery installed between the axles offers a maximum range of just over 400 kilometers and is powered by a 170 kW DC and (only) 11 kW AC charger. It is a bit tight to leave on the road to Kathmandu, but not to bring a possibly large family to the island of Ré, a seven-seater version planned for the end of 2023. The technological endowment of the heir is abundant. He can change lanes on the freeway himself and memorize the road for his usual parking lot to complete the last fifty meters with self-driving. On some terminals just connect the car, which will automatically be recognized and start a charging sequence without any other form of process, as in Tesla. The ID. Buzz bans animal skin and favors recycled materials.

Despite the capital of sympathy he has, it is difficult to feel a sense of complicity towards the ID. Buzz

4.71 meters long, this imposing car is powered by a 204 hp (150 kW) engine, which is not necessarily luxury, as it weighs 2.4 tons, almost double the first generation Combi which, of course, he did not have a good four quintals (491 kg, in fact) of batteries to carry. Consumption on the road suffers and it will be necessary to gently approach the bumps such as tight curves. Driving is relaxing, silent and the absence of the front engine helps to reduce the turning radius, by just over 11 meters, and therefore to facilitate maneuvers. The glazed area is more than generous and the rear seat slides. It is possible to install a berth in the rear and the utility version is appropriately named “Cargo”.

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