DEBUT: 2011 Geneva Motor Show
APPEARANCE: Like the 2001 VW Microbus, the Bulli is a modern throwback to the first 1950 Transporter that took the world by storm many decades ago. Like the original Samba bus, the Bulli presented in Geneva has two-tone paint and a distinctive ‘V’ on the bonnet and its 18-inch alloy wheels with stylised chrome hubcaps are another tribute. More compact than the 2001 concept vehicle, the new Bulli is powered by an electric motor and fitted with six seats and infotainment control via iPad.
PREDICTION: This isn’t just one of those production cars disguised as a concept car – it’s an actual concept car. It hasn’t got the go-ahead yet, but VW says the car “has the potential to establish a new, fifth brand of people carrier next to the Caddy, Touran, Sharan and Caravelle.” So something similar could be built in three or four years.