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The new microbus will be available as an all-electric model with a range of at least 250 miles per charge. Gasoline and diesel-powered versions will also be offered. VW will introduce the vehicle as a concept before confirming its production for 2017.

VW has been toying with a Microbus revival since at least 2001. That year, it revealed a concept at the Detroit Auto Show that was originally set to go on sale in 2003, but never came to fruition. A second, smaller concept called the Bulli debuted in 2011, but never made it into showrooms, either.

It’s not yet clear if either of those will be used as a template for the latest version. VW’s development chief says it will be boxy, with a short front end and thick rear roof pillar, just like the original.

Officially known as the Type 2, the Microbus was produced for 63 years in various locations. Production ended in Brazil in 2013. The new version will be manufactured in Puebla, Mexico, alongside the company’s other heritage model, the Beetle.

So... Are you ready to get back on the bus?


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