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Mike Stevens | Jul, 29 2011 | 0 Comments

Following rumours earlier this year of a production future, talk of a 2013 market debut for Volkswagen's Bulli concept has surfaced again.

Built on the company's MQB production platform, which will underpin a wide range of new Volkswagen Group models, the Bulli 'microbus' concept debuted at this year's Geneva Motor Show.

The concept, shown in press images against a beach backdrop, offers a glimpse of a possible return for the iconic Kombi, remembered fondly as the transporter du jour for the hippies and surfies of the 60s and 70s.

A report by News Ltd this week suggests the Bulli has become a new priority for the German carmaker, keen to capitalise on the retro trend it helped to start with the 'New Beetle' in 1997.

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The report offered few details, but Volkswagen is understood to be developing a business and production case for the van.

In concept form, the Bulli 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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