Volkswagen stockpiles cars to beat Brexit tariffs

Volkswagen Brexit stockpile against tariffs

The Volkswagen Group has increased its stock of unsold new cars in the UK, in preparation for a no-deal Brexit.

The move is to mitigate the effects of predicted trade tariffs after Britain leaves the EU. This ‘cushion’ won’t last forever, though. 

Volkswagen is a huge player in the UK new car market. Brands under the VW Group umbrella are present in all segments, at every level of affordability. 

Volkswagen: “We need to be realistic” 

Volkswagen Brexit stockpile against tariffs

All this comes as Volkswagen prepares to launch two of its most important models. The all-electric ID.3 has recently been revealed, while the new generation Golf is due just seven days before the Brexit deadline.

VW’s Golf and Polo models are regulars on the UK top-10 best-sellers list. In the first nine months of 2019, Volkswagen sold 157,040 cars in Britain, down 0.5 percent.

“We have optimised inventory levels upwards to delay the impact of potential import tariffs for a while, but there are limits to what can be done,” said VW sales and marketing chief, Jürgen Stackmann.

Volkswagen Brexit stockpile against tariffs

“If there are tariffs, we will not be able to absorb them or compensate for the cost. We need to be realistic about the fact that cars would get more expensive for customers.”

Back in February, it was reported that Brexit could see prices of Volkswagen Group cars rise by up to 10 percent. We expect to see updates regarding post-Brexit pricing in the coming weeks, from both VW Group and its rivals based outside the UK.

First look at futuristic new Mk8 Volkswagen Golf

Volkswagen Golf Mk8

This has been a year of important new car debuts, from the Land Rover Defender to the Porsche Taycan. Volkswagen will deliver 2019’s final big-hitter on October 24, with the launch of the eighth-generation Golf.

This sketch is our first preview of the highly-anticipated new model. Look past the pronounced haunches and enlarged wheels for an idea of the Mk8 Golf’s styling.

The design is, in Volkswagen’s words, ‘instantly recognisable as a Golf’, but ‘more dynamic than ever before’.

Volkswagen Golf Mk8

The car looks sleeker than the Mk7 it replaces, but still couldn’t be anything other than a Golf.

In the cabin, VW is doubling down on digital tech. It will be a ‘trendsetter in terms of its digtialised and connectivity-oriented interior world’. From what we can see, that means more screens and more touch-sensitive controls.

The most important Golf ever

Volkswagen Golf Mk8

This is a crucial crossover point for the Golf. Since its inception eight generations and more than 40 years ago, the Golf has been the standard-setter for the family hatchback class. Rivals have come and gone, while the Golf has remained the consummate all-rounder. 

Now, competition comes from rather closer to home, and we don’t just mean from elsewhere within the Volkswagen Group.

Volkswagen ID.3

We refer, of course, to the ID.3. VW says the electric ID is the third chapter for the ‘people’s car’, following on from the Beetle and Golf as chapters one and two. 

At the very least, the ID.3 will make any e-Golf replacement feel redundant. It’s going to be a fascinating couple of years, and an interesting launch for the Mk8 Golf.

Hole-in-one: the greatest Volkswagen Golfs

Greatest Volkswagen Golfs

The term game-changer is bandied about all too frequently, but it could be used to describe the original Volkswagen Golf. Not only did it usher in a new era of water-cooled hatchbacks for a company with a heritage of air-cooled saloons and trucks, but it changed the shape of modern motoring. To mark the arrival of the Mk8 Volkswagen Golf, we celebrate with a small selection of the car’s best strokes.

Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk1

Greatest Volkswagen Golfs

We start, perhaps predictably, at the beginning. Although the Volkswagen Golf arrived in 1974, we’d have to wait a year until the Golf GTI debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show, with the first right-hand-drive models not appearing in the UK until 1979. It was worth the wait. Our Tim Pitt is a fan and former owner. Writing for Car, he said: “Today, ‘GTI’ is a brand, the badge that adorns a range of Volkswagens from the Up to Golf GTI Clubsport S. Yet everything harks back to the Mk1. It’s the archetypal hot hatch, and still an engaging, exciting driver’s car.”

Volkswagen Golf Rallye

Greatest Volkswagen Golfs

At the time of its launch, the Volkswagen Golf Rallye was the most powerful production Golf to date, but that was only half the story. Thanks to its Syncro four-wheel-drive system, it weighed a portly 230kg more than the contemporary Golf GTI 16v, which served to blunt its performance. According to Car, it was “As ugly as a Staffordshire bull terrier, but without the bite.” Time has been kind to the Rallye, mind. Your author owned one of the 80 UK-spec left-hand-drive models and still remembers the whine of the supercharger and the limpet-like all-weather grip.

Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR

Greatest Volkswagen Golfs

The Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR is the last hurrah for the Mk7.5 Golf, its name inspired by the Touring Car Racing series. It offers a 45hp boost over the Golf GTI Performance, but falls 10hp short of the Golf R, but that doesn’t mean it plays second fiddle to the all-weather hot hatch. Thanks to a raft of upgrades, it feels a tad more special than the R, especially if you opt for the Performance Pack. Having spent the day driving a TCR in Mid Wales, we think it’s a fitting send-off for the Mk7.5.

Volkswagen Golf R32

Greatest Volkswagen Golfs

The Mk4 was a landmark car and represented a turning point for the Volkswagen Golf. Boss Ferdinand Piech pushed the hatchback further upmarket, helping it to become the default choice in a competitive segment. In truth, the Mk4 didn’t represent the GTI’s finest hour, but the R32 was in a different league. Launched at the Madrid Motor Show in 2002, the R32 was powered by a 3.2-litre narrow-angle V6 engine and driven by a sophisticated 4Motion system. It also heralded the arrival of Volkswagen’s Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG).

Volkswagen Golf Cross Country

Greatest Volkswagen Golfs

Not the greatest Volkswagen Golf as such, but the Cross Country deserves credit for being ahead of the curve. Launched as a concept at the 1989 Geneva Motor Show, the recipe for the Golf Cross Country will be familiar to today’s car buyers. Volkswagen entrusted Steyr-Daimler-Puch in Austria with the production of the go-anywhere Golf, which featured raised suspension, body armour and the Syncro four-wheel-drive system. It was a sales disaster, but it provided a brief glimpse into the future.

Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk5

Greatest Volkswagen Golfs

Volkswagen knew that it had dropped the ball with the Mk3 and Mk4 versions of the Golf GTI. A major rethink was required, which is why the GTI wasn’t launched alongside the standard Mk5 Golf, with Volkswagen choosing to unveil a ‘Concept GTI’ to generate interest. It worked: looking back, making such overt references to the Mk1 Golf GTI was a dangerous game. It’s just as well the Mk5 Golf GTI lived up to the hype.

Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk2

Greatest Volkswagen Golfs

First came the Mk2 Golf GTI 8v. Then, when faced with a growing army of hot hatch rivals, Volkswagen responded with the launch of the Golf GTI 16v. It didn’t make the 8v redundant – some believe that it offers greater day to day driveability – but with 24 percent more power and 9 percent more torque, it became the most sought-after model in the range. It was also the quickest Golf GTI to date.

Volkswagen Golf VR6

Greatest Volkswagen Golfs

The Mk3 Golf gets a hard time in the media, and not all of it is justified. Even diehard Golf fans would be forced to admit that the Mk3 Golf wasn’t a high point for the badge, but the VR6 should be remembered with fondness. Although the six-cylinder engine debuted in the Passat, it was a first for a car in this class, and it gave the Golf grand tourer-like qualities. Volkswagen didn’t position it as a hot hatch, but as a relaxed, comfortable and rapid cruiser. Judged on these attributes, it’s a fine car, especially in Highline trim.

Volkswagen Golf G60 Limited

Greatest Volkswagen Golfs

The Golf G60 Limited is essentially a five-door hatchback with the inner workings of the Rallye. Not to be confused with the more attainable (and excellent) Golf G60, the G60 Limited was handbuilt at Volkswagen Motorsport in Hannover at a rate of one a week. With a top speed of 140mph, it had genuine Q-car qualities, placing it at the top table of the performance car elite. Just 71 were built, making the Limited one of the most desirable Golfs on the planet.

Volkswagen Golf Ecomatic

Greatest Volkswagen Golfs

Much like the Golf Cross Country, the Golf Ecomatic was very much ahead of the curve. To reduce fuel consumption and cut emissions, the Ecomatic’s 1.9-litre diesel engine could cut out in traffic and when coasting. The driver simply lifted the throttle to cut the engine, with Volkswagen claiming a 22 percent improvement in fuel economy over a standard Golf with the same engine. By today’s standards, it was unsophisticated, but it paved the way for future stop-start systems.

Volkswagen Citi Golf

Greatest Volkswagen Golfs

The final Volkswagen Citi Golf rolled off the production line in 2009, a full 26 years after production of the Mk1 finished in Germany. A process of continual development kept the Golf current, although it lagged behind the safety and emissions standards laid out by European and U.S. markets. Not that this stopped the Citi Golf from becoming a cult favourite in South Africa, where some 377,500 cars were built.

Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S

Greatest Volkswagen Golfs

“Yes, the Golf GTI Clubsport S is fantastic. The extent to which Volkswagen has created a fully-formed Golf GTI with such a breadth of talent that makes it so special. This is the fastest and most capable Golf GTI ever, but it’s still a Golf GTI. And it’s this approachability, combined with its speed and engagement, that makes it such an impressive achievement. It’s quite the 40th birthday celebration for the original hot hatch, that’s for sure.” Our review from 2016 pretty much sums it up.

Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet Mk1

Greatest Volkswagen Golfs

Aside from the Golf Cross Country, there’s been a strong emphasis on performance Golfs in this gallery. But the Golf is about so much more than B-road blasts and hot hatch thrills. An open version was never part of Volkswagen’s plans. Indeed, most analysts thought the market for convertibles had all but dried up. But Karmann had other ideas, which is why, after many years of development, the Golf Cabriolet debuted at the 1979 Geneva Motor Show. It outlived the Mk1, with production continuing until the launch of the Mk3 Golf in 1993.

Volkswagen Golf Anniversary

Greatest Volkswagen Golfs

To celebrate the Golf GTI’s 25th anniversary, Volkswagen launched the aptly named Golf GTI Anniversary in 2002. Two versions were available – a 1.8-litre turbocharged petrol and a 1.9-litre diesel. The availability of an oil-burner reflected the changing nature of the hot hatch market, with diesel becoming the acceptable face of the performance car world. Highlights included 18-inch BBS alloys, Recaro seats and a golf ball-shaped gearknob.

Volkswagen Golf R

Greatest Volkswagen Golfs

Although it was tempting to include the likes of the Bon Jovi, Pink Floyd and Genesis special editions, we’ll conclude with the evergreen Golf R. It’s arguably the best hot hatch all-rounder you can buy, offering understated styling, a glorious engine and superb ride and handling. When the Mk7.5 bows out, who knows what will happen to the Golf R? Volkswagen has unveiled a new logo for its R sub-division, but is remaining tight-lipped over plans. We should hear more following the Mk8 Golf’s launch at the end of October.

How Britain returned Volkswagen to Germany 70 years ago

Volkswagen handover to Germany 70 years ago

Volkswagen as we know it was born 70 years ago tomorrow, after being returned to German ownership after World War Two.

Britain’s management of the company in the years between 1945 and the 1949 handover consisted of deliberately limiting production.

Britain’s great industrial blunder

Volkswagen handover to Germany 70 years ago

Tomorrow is the 70th anniversary of Britain’s handing back of the Volkswagen company to the German people on October 8 1949.

It’s also the date that Britain officially gave away what would become one of the most profitable automotive enterprises of all time: the Volkswagen Group we know today.

The Beetle was, at the time, judged by British car manufacturers as “quite unattractive to the average buyer”.

“The vehicle does not meet the fundamental technical requirement of a motor-car… To build the car commercially would be a completely uneconomic enterprise.”

Volkswagen handover to Germany 70 years ago

How wrong they were. Volkswagen’s short history under British control saw the Beetle made in small numbers, for military use to begin with.

A total of 20,000 was ordered initially. Within six years following the company’s handover to the German people in 1949, the one-millionth Beetle would be made.

Interestingly, it was the British Major Ivan Hirst who saved the factory, both from an unexploded bomb and later controlled demolition after UK carmakers turned it down. If that bomb had gone off, the Beetle, and ultimately Volkswagen, may not have lived on.

Volkswagen makes ‘fresh start’ with performance brand

Volkswagen R re-brand

Volkswagen has revealed a revamped version of its high-performance brand. Meet the new Volkswagen ‘R’.

The new logo replaces the R badge used by Volkswagens since the original Golf R32 of 2002. It follows hot on the heels of the VW logo getting its own makeover.

The latest R is ‘more modern, distinct and sleek’, according to Volkswagen. It’s meant to be more progressive yet still underline the brand’s performance connotations. It’s physically bigger, too, with the elongated R creating a ‘broader, more powerful impression’.

Volkswagen R re-brand

“Volkswagen R is all about excitement and thrill,” said Jost Capito, managing director of Volkswagen R.

“The new logo for the R models and the R-Lines also goes hand in hand with the realignment of the Volkswagen R brand. Our entire team is intensely working on the brand and product image and we are looking forward to continuing to roll these out in the coming months.”

The new R logo will appear first, rather disappointingly, on an R-Line variant of the Atlas Cross Sport SUV in North America.

Re-branding while you’re ahead?

Volkswagen R re-brand

It’s a bold move to re-brand an existing badge (see above) that’s on a roll. The Mk7 Golf R has taken ‘R’ from slightly gratuitous halo brand to household name. 

‘R’ used to signify a V6 engine, blistered bodykit and not much else. The current Golf R turned that on its head in 2014. It became the jack-of-all-trades hyper hatch to beat.

Volkswagen R re-brand

It didn’t only do well critically, either. It’s been an absolute slam-dunk sales success in the UK. 

We look forward to seeing what this new ‘R’ means for the future The Mk8 Golf is due to be revealed later this month, with the next Golf R following some time in 2020.

Flagship Volkswagen Amarok Black Edition unveiled

Volkswagen Amarok Black Edition

Volkswagen has launched a pair of new Black Edition models to sit at the top of the Amarok range.

Both the Amarok Black Edition and Amarok Aventura Black Edition are based on the range-topping Highline specification. But Volkswagen has added a host of premium features – and it helps if you like black.

Black Edition models gain 20-inch black Talca alloy wheels and a Lights and Vision pack comprising automatic wipers and a navigation system featuring European mapping data and off-road infor-mation.

Cosmetic upgrades include a black styling bar, black rear bumpers, black sidebars, black for light frames, a black polish trim strip on the grille, black headliner and a gloss black decorative insert on the dashboard.

Black by name, black by nature, then?

Paint it black

The Aventura Black Edition also adds an exclusive Nappa leather interior, Ergo Comfort front seats with electric adjustment, leather multi-function steering wheel with paddles, electric folding door mirrors, front fog lights with cornering function, front underbody cladding and a load compartment protective coating.

A matt paint finish is available for £2,240 – a 24 percent saving on list price. Meanwhile, Mountain Top roll covers are available for a fitted price of £1,665.

Both models are offered with the familiar 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel engine which is offered in two states of tune: 204hp or 258hp and a temporary overboost to 272hp. All-wheel-drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission complete the Amarok’s arsenal.

On the road prices including VAT range from £42,885 for the Amarok Black Edition with a 204hp engine to £50,277 for the Amarok Aventura Black Edition.

The Volkswagen Amarok offers a payload capacity of up to 1,147kg and a towing capacity of 3.1 tonnes. At 1,222mm, it offers the widest load platform in its class.

Amarok Black Edition orders are being taken at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicle dealers now.

VW Connect app coming to 2020 Volkswagen models

Volkwagen Connect app

Volkswagen has announced several updates for its 2020 models, including the widespread adoption of the VW Connect app. 

The app turns a Volkswagen into a connected car and is available for Android- and iOS-enabled smartphones. It offers many of the benefits of Volkswagen’s high end Car-Net system.

VW Connect shows the most important information about a car on a smartphone. Data includes mileage, battery voltage, fuel level, pending service intervals and current warning signs.

The app also saves a vehicle’s parking position and allows users to compare themselves to other Volkswagen drivers in a series of tasks and challenges. These include efficient driving, discovering new places and avoiding short trips.

VW Connect will be fitted as standard to the follow model year 2020 Volkswagens:

  • Volkswagen T-Roc – S, SE and Design
  • Volkswagen Golf – S and Match
  • Volkswagen Tiguan and Tiguan Allspace – S and Match
  • Volkswagen Touran – SE and SE Family
  • VW Connect DataPlug

The VW Connect is also available for any Volkswagen built from 2008 and delivers modern connectivity to older vehicles. The app has been standard equipment on Up and Polo models since April 2018.

Other changes for 2020

Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR in Wales

Volkswagen’s model year 2020 refresh also includes the following updates and changes:

  • The Volkswagen Up in high-spec High Up trim can now be ordered with the 60hp 1.0-litre engine.
  • Lumbar adjustment is now standard on Volkswagen Polo SE and R-Line trims.
  • The Volkswagen Polo Beats can be ordered without exterior decals.
  • A Shadow Steel dash pad replaces the Caribou Grey item on the Volkswagen T-Roc R-Line
  • An Akrapovic sports exhaust system is now standard on the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR.
  • The Volkswagen Tiguan gets a new 115hp 1.6-litre TDI engine, which replaces the old 2.0-litre TDI in the S trim.
  • LED headlights are now available for the Volkswagen Tiguan S and Match.
  • The Volkswagen Sharan gets a host of standard equipment, including Discover Navigation, blind spot monitor, rear traffic alert with lane assist and dynamic road sign display. SE trim is removed, meaning the range starts with S and moves up to SE Nav and SEL.
  • The Volkswagen Touran gets two new alloy wheel designs.
  • The Volkswagen Arteon gets the latest MIB Generation 3 infotainment system, along with the second-generation Active Info Display and wireless App Connect.
  • The Volkswagen Arteon also gains a new entry-level SE trim.
  • Finally, the Volkswagen Touareg gets a new Park Assist Professional system and optional air suspension.

Geraldine Ingham, head of marketing at Volkswagen UK, said: “Model-year updates are commonplace across the industry, but it’s uncommon for such a comprehensive raft of changes to all come at once.”

“From adding a value-focused new trim level to the Arteon, to a sporting specialist exhaust system on the Golf GTI TCR, model year 2020 for Volkswagen represents great design, a focus on quality and, above all else, notable value.”

Volkswagen launches £355 electric car charging kit

Volkswagen ID. Charger

When buying an electric car it’s easy to forget the peripheral equipment, like a home charging system that doesn’t involve open windows and extension leads. These can be an expensive outlay, but Volkswagen’s new ID Charger could change that.

The wallbox charger follows the launch of Volkswagen’s ID.3 electric car – and new ID brand overall. With pre-orders for the car comfortably into five figures, the marque’s plan for the ID.3 to popularise the electric Volkswagen appears to be working.

The ID Charger explained

Volkswagen ID.3

Starting from £355, the ID Charger is designed to be an affordable home charging solution. It charges at a rate of 11kW, which means it will ‘fill up’ a 77kWh top-end ID.3 in less than eight hours, providing a claimed 341 miles of range.

That charge speed is around five times faster than a domestic power socket. Popularising home charging is an important investment for Volkswagen. It estimates around half of all electric vehicle charging will take place at home.

Volkswagen ID. Charger

There are higher specifications of ID Charger, too. ‘Connect’ (£534) adds smartphone and internet connectivity, for easy monitoring.

The ID Charger Pro (£756) is the top specification, adding an integrated electric meter so you can keep an eye on costs. What these higher specs don’t add, however, is faster charging speeds.

The ID Charger will go on sale at the end of November 2019. You can order online or from a Volkswagen dealer.

The Volkswagen ID.3 electric car is here to replace your Golf

Volkswagen ID.3

Volkswagen has finally taken the wraps off its new ID.3 electric car ahead of the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The claims are bullish: VW says this is its third ‘most important’ launch ever, alongside the original Beetle and Volkswagen Golf. Indeed, it could redefine the people’s car: Golf-sized, but with space inside of a Passat.

Does it have the potential to put VW’s mainstay hatch out of a job? Let’s get the important stuff out of the way.

205-340 miles of range

Volkswagen ID.3

Exactly how the ID.3’s powertrain performs will dictate its suitability for the average buyer. No surprises here, it’s one of the most impressive electric cars yet.

Three battery size options are available at launch. The cheapest entry-level model gets a 205-mile range from its 45 kWh battery. It can be charged up to a 180-mile capability within half an hour, charging at a 100kW output.

The larger battery sizes are 58 kWh and 77 kWh, good for a respective 260 and 341 miles of range. All are WLTP-certified range calculations. Interestingly, it is rear-wheel drive: AWD versions come later. 

The ID.3 is starting as the ID family means to go on in terms of sustainability. Production of the car, through the supply chain and the battery, is totally carbon neutral. 

Inside the ID.3

Volkswagen ID.3

The ID.3 is as futuristic as you’d expect in the cabin. As with much of what’s coming out of the VW Group right now, very little is controlled with buttons.

Everything apart from the electric windows and hazard lights use touch-sensitive haptic controls, mostly located on the 10.0-inch central display and the steering wheel.

In terms of space, as above, it leads the family hatch class. The ‘Open Space’ design is a result of the inherent advantages of an electric powertrain.

Short overhangs, a short bonnet and no encroachment into the cabin from an engine, transmission or driveline. While there isn’t a typical length of bonnet and short overhangs, the ID.3 still looks the part from the outside.

Volkswagen ID.3

“The ID.3 is an all-rounder that is suitable for everyday use,” claims Silke Bagschik, Head of Sales and Marketing for the ID family

“It is compact, as such offering the maneuverability of a small car with the interior space of a mid-range vehicle. It combines exciting design with innovative technology and significant range.”

From under £27,000

Volkswagen ID.3

The ID.3 is going to be available from under £27,000, for the 205-mile capable car. The top-end first edition cars are available from £35,000.

ID.3 Max is the top-of-the-range version of the new family electric car. As well as a panoramic movable glass sunroof and a Beats audio system, it also features a revolutionary augmented reality head-up display.

This equipment comes over and above the Plus specification which has automatic cruise control, a rear-view camera and an advanced keyless go system. Matrix LED lights are also standard.

Volkswagen ID.3

The ID.3 is the next step in EV progression towards taking over from ICE cars. It goes a bit further, charges a bit faster and costs a bit less than what’s come before. What it isn’t, is beholden to ICE tropes. It’s not a car that once had an engine, that’s now electric.

It’s a ground-up design that makes few concessions to petrol and diesel-powered convention. Our first real taste of what VW’s MEB modular electric drive matrix architecture is capable of shows a great deal of promise indeed.

In pictures: VW ID.3

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Volts-wagen: VW converts classic Beetle to electric power

Electric Volkswagen Beetle

Volkswagen has given a classic Beetle a heart transplant. It’s goodbye to the air-cooled chunter that defined seven decades of the original people’s car, and hello to the futuristic hum of electric power. The Beetle will be on display at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Volkswagen has teamed up with eClassics for the project. However, the powertrain, including battery, transmission and motor, is borrowed from VW’s e-Up electric city car.

Electric Volkswagen Beetle

The result is perhaps the heaviest classic Beetle ever made. By comparison with modern cars, however, it’s a featherweight, at 1,280kg. It’ll go more than 120 miles on a charge, and can be recharged up to 90 miles of range within an hour.

Will you be able to buy one? Well, Volkswagen is talking up the capability of its components division, so there’s a very real possibility.

“The electrified Beetle combines the charm of our classic car with the mobility of the future,” said Thomas Schmall of Volkswagen.

Electric Volkswagen Beetle

“Innovative e- components from Volkswagen Group Components are under the bonnet – we work with them to electrify historically important vehicles, in what is an emotional process.

“We are also providing Beetle owners with a professional conversion solution, using production parts of the highest quality.”

While Volkswagen provides the parts, eClassics is responsible for fusing car and powertrain. 

“We are proud that we and Volkswagen Group Components could get the show on the road with this project. We are also looking forward to seeing many e-Beetles on the street soon,” said MD of eClassics, Dennis Murschel.

More electric classics coming soon

Electric Volkswagen Beetle

What’s perhaps even more interesting is that the Beetle won’t be a one-off. The marque is investigating the possibility of electrifying other classics from its back-catalogue. VW is even considering infusing classics with its latest Modular Electric Drive Matrix (MEB) electric car tech. 

“We are already working together to prepare the platform for the Bus,” explained Thomas Schmall. “An e-Porsche 356 could also be pursued in the future.”