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Monday November 13, 2017

Volkswagen Beetle Set to Go Electric and Rear-Wheel Drive

Volkswagen is actively considering plans for an electric, rear-wheel-drive successor to today’s Beetle as part of a range of zero-emissions models based on its new MEB (Modular Electric Baukasten) platform, according to the German car maker’s chairman, Herbert Diess. If I was in the market for an electric this might be something I'd really look at just because of the nostalgia factor. Anyway, it's good to see another major manufacturer moving into electric vehicles. I bet VW doesn't have problems producing enough of these cars once they begin production.

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Diess denies that a firm decision on the Beetle's successor has been made. However, he suggests that any direct successor model would be electric. "If we wanted to do a Beetle, electrically it would be much better than today’s model, much closer to history, because it could be rear-wheel drive," he adds.