Mike Stevens | Mar 11, 2011

Volkswagen's unique Bulli concept, revealed at this year's Geneva Motor Show, is believed to have been given the green light for a production future.

The German company's record for bringing concepts to production is generally weighted more to the 'showcar only' end, but according to British magazine Autocar, this is one for the showroom list.

Speaking at Geneva, Volkswagen R&D boss Ulrich Hackenberg confirmed that the Bulli 'microbus' concept is built on the company's model design platform - also known as MQB - which will underpin a number of its future production models.

Hackeberg offered no timeline or definite future for the Bulli, but its use of a production platform shows that a market debut could be under consideration.

The Bulli concept offers seating for six, thanks to the use of a 60:40 bench arrangement up front - common with many commercial vehicles, and reminiscent of many passengers vehicles of generations long past.

For couples hitting the road, the Bulli's seats can also fold flat to provide a sleeping space for two adults.

Power is provided by an electric drivetrain borrowed from the company's upcoming E-Motion line, with a claimed driving range of up to 300km from one charge.

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