Here's Cupra's version of the ID.3, the Cupra El-Born. It has a boost button that will temporarily boost power output for overtaking. Additionally, it'll have sportier suspension.
Step away from the current (pun intended) and design something truly new.
Hopefully that's where the ID Buzz comes in with its Type 2-like form factor to offer a more distinctive, practical and stylish alternative to crossovers. Speaking of which, its test mule (Based on a shortened Transporter) has been spotted for the first time:
See this was my point. The design of that van is fantastic, it looks like a German VW, it's plain and simple, lots of horizontal lines. Looks great.That's a badass looking van as it is. Can they just give us this?
Theres a large ammount of camo stickers on the front to obfuscate its features. I think it will looks considerably nicer once they're all goneThe headlights look like stickers, don't they? The shape of the body is actually pretty nice, but the front end styling is unnecessarily fussy and unattractive.
Yes but that is to save weight.The headlights look like stickers, don't they?
Okay VW, I see you. Now this thing looks like what a German VW should look like. Flat, square, slabs, lines. It's a German thing, you wouldn't understand.
This too, not bad. I like the suggestion of round lights, the eyebrows, and the lit badges.VW ID.LIFE joins the likes of the Honda E and Renault 5 concept with a boxy and retro design language.
Also marks the debut of the FWD MEB platform and is expected to be around €20,000 when it goes on sale from 2025.
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, a standalone VW brand responsible for the development and sales of light commercial vehicles, and Argo AI, an autonomous driving technology company, unveiled the first version of the ID Buzz AD (Autonomous Driving) on Sunday.
The two companies shared plans to test and commercially scale the jointly developed, fully-electric self-driving van over the next four years at the VW night event ahead of the 2021 IAA Mobility Event in Munich. Testing of the prototype, one of the first five planned test vehicles, has already begun and will continue at Argo’s development center in Neufahrn, near Munich, as well as at Argo’s nine hectare closed course near the Munich airport, which tests for a variety of traffic situations unique to European driving conditions, and Argo’s test track in the United States.
At the event, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, which has developed a separate businesses unit devoted to autonomous driving and acquired a stake in Argo AI, demonstrated how ride-pooling via a self-driving system can help with managing traffic flows.
VW first revealed the ID Buzz as a concept vehicle back in 2017, a futuristic take on the classic microbus that invokes nostalgia as a family camper van. The final product looks a bit different than the iconic campers, now containing all of the bells and whistles of autonomy, such as Argo’s proprietary sensor Argo Lidar, which sits on top of the Buzz’s roof. According to Argo AI, its lidar can detect objects from a distance of more than 1,300 feet, or 400 meters. Four years ago, Argo acquired lidar company Princeton Lightwave, which has allowed the company to produce this new, highly accurate sensor with patented Geiger-mode technology that can detect a single photon, the smallest of light particles, so that it can capture, detect and precisely represent objects with low reflectivity like black vehicles.
Argo AI’s entire system consists of sensors and software that give the computer a 360 degree awareness of the vehicle’s environment, allowing it to “predict the actions of pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicles, and direct the engine, braking and steering systems so that the vehicle moves safely and naturally, like an experienced driver,” according to a statement from VW.
Speaking of which, the ID.Buzz was teased during the ID.5 presentation:A 295hp VW Bus would be nice.