After some false starts, Volkswagen finally brought the spirit of the original Bus into the 21st century when it introduced passenger and passenger variants of Electrical ID. Buzz in March 2022. Quay ID.Buzz concept, first launched in January 2017, making it easier said than done, and the Wolfsburg-based company released a documentary detailing the process.
Posted on YouTube and embedded above, the 42-minute video walks viewers through nearly every stage of the truck’s development. It begins by providing an overview of Buzz’s vast legacy, beginning with the T1 (commonly known as Bulli or simply Bus) released in 1949. It then provides A behind-the-scenes look at how Volkswagen built the first prototypes, the different endurance tests the model went through and the different design stages. Integrating autonomous technology is also an important part of the development process: Volkswagen will start testing self-drive, identity papers. Buzz-based prototype shuttles powered by technology provided by Argo AI in Hamburg, Germany, in 2025.
Volkswagen’s video also takes a look at what’s underneath Buzz’s metal plate, and it ends with a fascinating overview of how the truck was built in Hanover, Germany. Part of the decades-old factory was retooled to build the MEB-based Buzz along with the Transporter. Robots handle much of the manufacturing process, but human input is still important – and for some, working in a Volkswagen factory is a family tradition.
I. Buzz deliveries are expected to begin before the end of 2022 across Europe. Americans will need to be more patient: we’ll have an unannounced long-wheelbase variant and will hit showrooms in 2024 as a 2025 model. The passenger has been cleared to enter the US. We won’t see a delivery truck here due to chicken tax. It’s also a family tradition: a 25% tax on imports truck since 1964, still keeping commercial variants of many older Bus models.