VW Bulli Concept: The Neo Hippie Van's one hot box

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Volkswagen successfully transitioned from a car for '70s hippies to an entry-level status car for '90s yuppies. With the re-imagined VW Bulli Concept the company's making a stab at both markets. Hipyups? Yuphips?

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Designed as yet another evolution of the Microbus/Type 2 concept — including the retro two-tone paint — it's hard to determine exactly where on the yuppie-hippie continuum this vehicle falls.

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In defense of the the hippie position, the vehicle offers a unique 3+3 seating, which means all your butts will be pressed together in a way narrow-waisted prep school waifs would find unappealing. There's also power from a 40 kWh electric-motor, good for a theoretical range of 186 miles. Free love and no emissions, man. Jerry Rubin would dig it.

On the other, expensively moisturized hand is a yuppie car with a removable iPad in the center console. The seats also fold in such a way as to make the small van an ideal workspace. Yuppies love to work.

The deciding factor will come sometime in the future if the van actually goes on sale. Under $25K it's something six hippies could probably band together and afford. Over $25K it's solidly in single yuppie territory. And over $50K it's purely for the Urban Haute Bourgeoise.

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DISCUSSION

DoctorNine

I don't think VW is paying attention to how people use their classic vans. This one won't do it.

Compare this to a classic Synchro. Off-road camping? Forget it. Or even a classic 21 window air-cooled. The funkiest cross-continental transit vehicle this side of the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile. And can you do that in this van? Ummm.. No.

The replacement VW Van needs to be bigger than this one, with a turbodiesel (maybe diesel-electric) that has hundreds of miles of range, and a camper option for the minimalist People.

You know, The People?

The ones it's named for?