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Old 19th September 2014, 23:09   #1
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Default Rumour: Volkswagen Microbus coming back in 2015?

Microbus enthusiasts will enjoy this post, looks like Volkswagen is all set to launch the Microbus in 2015.

A cute resemblance of the original Microbus fully loaded with modern features is similar to the VW beetle in the current profile. This vehicle is stated to be manufactured in Europe and Considered to be competition to Honda Odyssey, Nissan Quest, and also Toyota Sienna.

Now I have a question, will Volkswagen consider Microbus as Competition to Innova ? I wish Honda too thinks about introducing the Odyssey here, my experience in Odyssey for the past 3 years in US was so good and I miss it a lot.

Here is the article that talks about Microbus launch

http://www.wearesurfer.net/2014/08/v...0#.VBxoBPmSySo

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Don't you think the Odyssey/Sienna (and consequently the microbus) is a size much larger than the Innova? If they do launch the Odyssey in India - it would be a 30 lakhs + vehicle.

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Cute - but its one for the showcase I guess. Adds glamour to the portfolio without bothering many customers.
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Concept looks incredibly modern as well as nostalgic!!
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Looks like a perfect mod job! Loved the design. Hope it remains same without any "toning down". People movers should look like that!
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Looks gorgeously modern from the outside but a very noob question: Why is it called microbus and not minivan; especially when it can seat just 6?
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Looks gorgeously modern from the outside but a very noob question: Why is it called microbus and not minivan; especially when it can seat just 6?
Minivan is the segment or general name while Microbus is the model name given by the manufacturer like Jetta, Passat, etc.
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The Microbus is fantastic, modern cues with old hues

It was an iconic vehicle, usually associated with the hippie culture, often called "hippie van".

I have seen the Microbus converted into a streetside bar. Many owners have painted the microbus.

Wish VW can get this to India
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Don't you think the Odyssey/Sienna (and consequently the microbus) is a size much larger than the Innova? If they do launch the Odyssey in India - it would be a 30 lakhs + vehicle.

My personal experience driving Odyssey in USA, it is no bigger than the Innova. But the engine is definitely huge with 3.5L V6 powered, and same story goes with Sienna as well.

The Microbus is in my opinion smaller than the Innova and should fit in to Honda Mobilio class in size. I think the price point only comes as last thing as we have Tata Nano to RR Phantom all are sharing the roads here.
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Default re: Rumour: Volkswagen Microbus coming back in 2015?

Sadly, Jalopnik reports this news to be a troll. Apparently, this VW concept came long back in 2001 and the website used it to gain web traffic.

Why Is This Surfing Website Lying About A 2015 VW Microbus?

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Why is it called microbus and not minivan; especially when it can seat just 6?
The Type 2 (one model pictured below) was VW' second ever model after the Beetle and is known as the Microbus.

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My personal experience driving Odyssey in USA, it is no bigger than the Innova. But the engine is definitely huge with 3.5L V6 powered, and same story goes with Sienna as well.

The Microbus is in my opinion smaller than the Innova and should fit in to Honda Mobilio class in size. I think the price point only comes as last thing as we have Tata Nano to RR Phantom all are sharing the roads here.
Perhaps your impression maybe that .. But the Sienna and Odyssey are about half a meter longer - and about 10 inches wider and a lot lower to the floor and have a lot more cabin room. Also, isn't the Innova RWD and body on frame - unlike all of the minivans that are FWD based? Anyway all that is off topic, since it has been established that this whole story was a hoax.

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Looks very nice. Retro chic as well as modern at the same time.

My only boring practical take is that the first and last row seem to have very little vehicle room in terms of collisions. Not much of a bonnet and the last row also seems quite way back.
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Mod Note: This news appears to be only a rumour at this stage. Closing thread until more concrete information is received.
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