Whether you know it as the Volkswagen Bus, hippie van, VW Transporter or microbus, the beloved people carrier is set to be relaunched as the all-electric VW ID. Buzz.
Volkswagen official Oliver Schmidt has been sentenced to seven years in prison and handed down a $400,000 fine. In August, the former Volkswagen manager in Michigan pleaded guilty for his role in the automaker’s emission-cheating scheme. If you’ll recall, the company admitted back in 2015 that it installed software designed to cheat emissions tests in millions of its vehicles. In truth, those cars emitted up to 35 times the legal level of nitrogen oxide, a pollutant that could cause respiratory problems in people and could make vegetation more prone to disease.
The hand-built Volkswagen I.D. Buzz concept microbus clearly snagged a lot of interest when we introduced it to you in March. So on Saturday Maxim went to Pebble Beach to take a much closer look.
Volkswagen knows we’re tired of them yanking our chain with the never-ending line of concepts promising to revive the beloved classic hippie bus, and they swear that this time, they really mean it: this will be the new bus sometime soon.
Volkswagen spent years trying to make diesel as big in America as it was in Europe and other markets. Then it got caught cheating in a very big way. Wracked by scandal, fines and lawsuits, the German automaker is now trying to chart a new way forward. This is the rolling electric symbol of that new way, and it’s called the Volkswagen I.D.
Imagine being able to carry a clean energy vehicle with you, just about wherever you go. Enter the folding electric bike. Battery-powered bicycles are on the rise as two-wheeled commuting gains popularity in places with heavy traffic and limited parking.
A Volkswagen engineer pleaded guilty today after being indicted for creating a defeat system for the 2.0-liter VW diesel engines that cheated federal emissions regulations, Automotive News reports. It is the first criminal charge handed down as a result of the U.S. Justice Department’s investigation into VW.