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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO. Volkswagen’s concept ID.Buzz was on display at the 88th International Motor Show in Palexpo, Geneva, Switzerland, 6 March 2018. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse


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DETROIT (Reuters). Volkswagen (DE:), will unveil a long-awaited production version of ID.Buzz (an electric reincarnation its beloved Microbus and Kombi) on March 9. The company plans to make it available in the United States later in 2023.

Scott Keogh (head of Volkswagen North America operations), stated that the ID.Buzz was one of the most anticipated and highly anticipated models from Volkswagen since its launch of the Beetle in late 1990.

Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess tweeted Thursday, “The legend comes back on 03/09/22!” It included a sketch for the ID.Buzz van profile.

Volkswagen showed a variety of prototypes over the past 10 years for a Microbus. The previous Microbus show vans, the Bulli (Budd.E) and the Bulli were not produced. This disappointed many fans.

Keogh indicated that there will be a three-row ID.Buzz in the United States. This is where the microbus has become an iconic symbol of counterculture. It will debut in either late 2023 or early in 2024. In Europe, Volkswagen will introduce a 2-row model.

Volkswagen will not build the ID.Buzz at Chattanooga’s U.S. manufacturing plant.

Keogh stated, “You need to reach 100,000 units before localizing.”

Volkswagen’s ID.4 SUV electric will be produced at Chattanooga in this year.

Volkswagen stated earlier Friday that U.S. sales for its VW brand cars rose 15% in 2021 due to strong sales of gas-powered SUVs like the Atlas (NYSE:), and Tiguan.

Keogh stated that vehicle shortages due to problems in chip supply chains will limit production and sales of automobiles in the United States until 2022.

According to him, as high as 2 million car buyers could not purchase a vehicle by 2021 due to the shortage of supplies. This created a demand that is higher for next year.

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