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Micro Bus, Macro Groovy!

March 3, 2011 - Phyllis Sigal
I was driving to work today, and what to my wondering eyes should appear?

A VW bus. That's what.

It's not a common sight around here, and of course it caught my attention. As a driver of a New Beetle (not so new anymore — a 1999), I am always attracted to the sight of an old Beetle in tip-top shape.

And the VW bus. It does make my heart go pitter-patter a bit.

This particular bus was pulling out of Hardee's on National Road in the Woodsdale section of Wheeling.

My mind began to wander ... Oh, wouldn't it be fun to have one of those and go on road trips here, there and everywhere in our retirement years?

Then I came back to reality. Rather abruptly.

Yeah, right. I don't really like to spend that much time in a vehicle on the road. I love traveling, but I like to just BE somewhere. The GETTING somewhere part doesn't particularly appeal to me.

But still, there is something rather romantic about that VW bus. ...

And then ... as if on cue ... I had not tooled more than a couple of hundred feet down the road, a story came on WVPR about a new VW bus.

According to an online article from the Long Island Press, "Volkswagen has redesigned its iconic '70s van into an electric-powered car that still has the charm of its predecessor."

The Bulli was introduced March 1 at the Geneva Auto Show.

"Its lithium-ion battery can be charged at an electric refueling station in less than one hour," and it gives "300km of emission-free driving ... has a range of 186 miles, a top speed of 87 mph and a 0-62 mph acceleration in 11.5 seconds."

And the communications and electronics systems are controlled by a center-mounted iPad. Groovy.

More importantly, it "stays true to its roots with its famous two-tone paint and V on the hood. The Bulli will also still have the bench seat that can be easily folded into a bed, in order to preserve its camper appeal."

Unfortunately, the only place to see this big bugger is at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland through March 13.

But, hey, if you've noticed the fashion news of late, bell bottoms are coming back. So why not the VW Bus?


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Bullish on the VW Bulli.