Volkswagen unveils 21st-century Bulli

3 Mar 2011

The 81st Gevena International Motor Show, which kicks off today, has motor fanatics buzzing about Volkswagen’s Bulli concept car.

The six-seater vehicle is powered by an electric motor and uses an iPad to control the entertainment system, climate control and other functions.

Volkswagen claims the Bulli can go up to 186.4 miles on a single battery charge, which is far in comparison to the Nissan Leaf, which is rated at 73 miles on a charge by the US Environmental Protection Agency. The Bulli can go up to 87 miles per hour.

The original Volkswagen Bulli

The original Volkswagen Bulli

Dutch Volkswagen importer Ben Pon designed the original Bulli in 1947. The original Bulli was made from 1950 to 1967.

The 21st-century redesign displays four doors, an electric motor, and a panoramic sunroof, compared to the original nine-seater with sliding doors and a weaker engine.

The Bulli has, however, kept the single bench seat in the front, with space for three passengers in the rear.