Volkswagen’s new ID. Buzz Electric people mover is a likely starter for Australia, although we’ll have to wait 12 months or more for its arrival – assuming it gets the green light.
Volkswagen Australia has confirmed its desire to sell the ID. Buzz Electric Van in Australia – Signal for a possible launch in 2024 if VW headquarters in Europe gives the green light.
Global demand for the iconic retro-style station wagon’s electric reboot is sky-high, but Ryan Davies, Volkswagen Australia’s director of commercial vehicles, said the ID. Buzz remains firmly on the local wish list.
“I mean, the interest in this car has been phenomenal. The one question we get asked everywhere is, “When will we get ID? Buzz?’” Mr Davies told Australian media, including journey.
“We’re not confirmed as a market yet, but that’s our goal.”
“[Early 2024] is what we aim for. I mean, the global demand for this car is exceptional, so there’s going to be no shortage of demand for this car in the next few years.
“We raised our hand for a sizeable volume in Australia. We think the car fits our market perfectly. Australians in particular have already fallen in love with this car [the people mover] and the ID. Buzz Cargo. We can sell a really decent amount of volume that will also be attractive to the factory.”
Asked for ID. Buzz people movers and vans could outperform the diesel-powered Volkswagen Multivan and Transporter, Mr Davies replied ‘yes’. Together, these two models have sold 1,542 examples in Australia since the beginning of this year.
The ID Buzz is now available to order in Germany, but Australians are expected to wait until Volkswagen Australia doesn’t launch other ID models (such as the ID.4 and ID.5) until late 2023 before launching a possible ID. Buzz introduction.
Designed as a modern reinterpretation of the legendary Volkswagen Type 2 (or station wagon), the ID. Buzz features a short nose and classic design cues over Volkswagen’s MEB-specific EV underpinnings.
European ID. Buzz variants are powered by a 150 kW/310 Nm electric motor mounted on the rear axle. Power is drawn from an 82kWh battery suitable for 421km of claimed range in the passenger body or 424km in the cargo hold.
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