Only a year ago, VW said this was not going to be the case.
In a recent design forum chat with Bischoff, he hinted otherwise.
Everyone knew that VW would not bury the name forever.
The announcement of the Beetle’s demise had come sometime before that and so questions about the fabled and world-famous Love Bug’s future had already been thrown in Volkswagen’s face. To its electrified future, Volkswagen said a resounding “no”. Now, it seems that the truth slipped out earlier this week when Klaus Bischoff, Head of Volkswagen Group Design, let slip that the next Beetle was going to be electric.
We were present at the now-defunct New Beetle’s Farewell party in Puebla, Mexico, last summer. Although the whole event was about #ByeByeBeetle, everyone present including us knew that the Beetle, the one that started it all, would not be gone for long.
In the course of a virtual online design forum headlined by Bischoff presented earlier this week, he dropped a few hints about the future including the very real possibility the Volkswagen Beetle was to make a comeback as an EV. Now, nothing’s been confirmed by Volkswagen (Canada in our case) but the entirety of “automobiledom” knew that this was inevitable.
With the confirmation that Volkswagen will indeed build the ID. Buzz and sell it as the ID.7 (everyone will call it The Bus), resurrecting the Beetle name for a third time is only logical. And when they do bring it back from the dead, will they call it the ID.1? The Beetle is after all the VW Type 1. Either way, it will always be known as the Beetle.