Volkswagen's Electric Dune Buggy Concept Has a Ton of Potential

No doors, no roof, but this far-fetched concept holds promise for the future of low-volume sporty cars.

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Undoubtably, Californian Bruce Meyers created something very special in 1964, but his Baja-proven dune buggies were only the tip of the iceberg when it came to custom sports cars based on the VW Beetle platform. Simply nothing was as affordable and easy to modify as a Volkswagen chassis, and so up until the 1980s, no less than 250,000 Beetle-based custom vehicles were built all over the world.

Of course when it came to dune buggies, free-spirited folks didn't stop at the Meyers Manx. California-based EMPI (European Motor Products Inc) had its Imp as an alternative, while in Germany, fans of the open air drove Karmann GFs:

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Meyers Manx.
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EMPI Imp.
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Karmann GF.
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For the 89th Geneva Motor Show, Volkswagen decided to update the dune buggy idea, using the same "MEB" modular electric-car platform that will underpin a whole fleet of EV compacts in the coming years. At this point, it would be easy to say that a concept with no doors, no roof, and giant Baja Bug-shaming off-road tires is no more than something to boost VW's social media reach. Yet the automaker added the following:

The new MEB concept proves that this fully electric platform can be of use for more than large-scale series production models. The Modular Electric Toolkit has the potential, just as the Beetle chassis did at the time, to customize low-series vehicles, making them able to find the light of day.

Okay VW, we dare you. Shooting brake, available in brown, for 2021. The platform is already done—time to dress it up.

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