The dream of the 60’s is alive and well, as Volkswagen confirms progress on bringing back the iconic Volkswagen Bus. Production for the vehicle was halted in 2013 because the company was unable to keep up with mandated safety laws for the vehicle including airbags and anti-lock breaks.
At the New York Auto Show in April, Volkswagen board member Dr Heinz-Jakob Neusser announced that the German auto company was working on a brand new camper concept, running on batteries with an electric motor.
Autocar talked to Neusser, reporting that the design of the original VW van was “so iconic” that any attempt at a new model would have to have three “very important” design cues: “First the wide, solid, D-Pillar, second the boxy design of the center section and, thirdly, the front end must have a very short overhang. The distance from the A-pillar to the front end must be very short.”
The volkswagon bus is a symbol of the counterculture movement of the 60’s and was the preferred touring bus of the Grateful Dead. Nowadays many of these buses can be seen totting surfboards on it’s roof on the shore.