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Concept buggy creates such a buzz, Volkswagen fans hope it goes into production

Concept buggy creates such a buzz, Volkswagen fans hope it goes into production

Since Volkswagen displayed its fully electric concept car, the ID. Buggy at the Geneva Motor Show in March this year, it has created quite a stir, not only among motoring journalists, but also with the general public who fondly remembers the joys of driving a beach buggy.

Volkswagen showed the ID. Buggy with the stated intention that it is not destined to become a production car, but the acclaim it drew after Geneva has many car enthusiasts hoping that the giant automaker will reconsider. The ID. Buggy was primarily developed to show the manufacturing possibilities, using the ID’s floorpan, drive train and battery system for four other all-electric models the company has in the pipeline.

With its striking retro design, the ID. Buggy fetches its design DNA from the popular beach buggy cult of the 1960s and 70s when private builders launched a range of fibreglass bodies to fit on the Beetle’s floorpan. The Beetle prove to be the ideal fun-car base since its shell could be separated completely from its chassis in a matter of hours. Fitting the beach buggy body on the same subframe then became an easy job, not only for mechanics but also for free-spirited youngster who yearned for the pleasures of offroad sand driving without the then hefty price tags of conventional 4x4s.

The ID. Buggy is an all-electric vehicle with a respectable zero to one hundred km/h acceleration of just over 7 seconds and a top speed approaching 160 km/h. Its endurance is roughly 250 km on a single charge under normal driving conditions.


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Daniel Steinmann

Brief CV of Daniel Steinmann. Born 24 February 1961, Johannesburg. Educated at the University of Pretoria: BA, BA(hons), BD. Postgraduate degrees are in Philosophy and Divinity. Editor of the Namibia Economist since 1991. Daniel Steinmann has steered the Economist as editor for the past 29 years. The newspaper started as a monthly free-sheet, then moved to a weekly paper edition (1996 to 2016), and on 01 December 2016 to a daily digital newspaper at His editorial focus is on economic analysis based on budget analysis, dissecting strategic planning and assessing the impact of policy formulation. For eight years, he hosted a weekly talk-show on NBC Radio, explaining complex economic concepts to a lay audience in a relaxed, conversational manner. He was a founding member of the Editors' Forum of Namibia. Over the years, he has mentored scores of journalism students as interns and as young professional journalists. He often assists economics students, both graduate and post-graduate, to prepare for examinations and moderator reviews. He is the Namibian respondent for the World Economic Survey conducted every quarter for the Ifo Center for Business Cycle Analysis and Surveys at the University of Munich in Germany. He is frequently consulted by NGOs and international analysts on local economic trends and developments. Send comments to [email protected]