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Zylinderkopf Fri Oct 27, 2017 3:32 pm

https://blog.caranddriver.com/return-of-the-thing-vw-considers-reviving-the-kubelwagen-as-an-ev/

Ok, so Iím cautiously optimistic that this will actually happen, but personally, I think they f*cked up the new beetle and Iím not so sure about the new Microbus concept car.

If they reboot the Thing, they better keep it simple, with detacheable doors, fold down windshield and lots of ground clearance. I doubt they can pull off a rear engine and we certainly wouldnít see low-back seats.

Joe 20 Fri Oct 27, 2017 7:42 pm

It'd be as messed up as the other "new old" cars...but the diesel engine will get 100mpg...their figures of course lol :D

hobie16 Fri Oct 27, 2017 8:10 pm

Joe 20 wrote: It'd be as messed up as the other "new old" cars...but the diesel engine will get 100mpg...their figures of course lol :D
And 200 HP.

CraigInPA Sat Oct 28, 2017 6:05 am

Whatever they would come up with would be a pale imitation of the original type 181 due to customer expectations for comfort, and modern safety requirements and in effect. You can pretty much forget about a folding windshield. There will be, at minimum, air bags for the front passengers. Those lightweight doors? Gone due to side crash protection. For anyone that's put up and taken down a 181 top, you know that any replacement vehicle will have a better mechanism. You'll also see stronger bumpers, crash sensors, better instrumentation, comfier seats, better passenger heating and cooling, modern lighting, and more.

Zylinderkopf Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:58 am

A few years back someone here posted a rendering of a modern Thing concept. I canít find it in the gallery.

hobie16 Sat Oct 28, 2017 2:13 pm

CraigInPA wrote: Whatever they would come up with would be a pale imitation of the original type 181 due to customer expectations for comfort, and modern safety requirements and in effect. You can pretty much forget about a folding windshield. There will be, at minimum, air bags for the front passengers. Those lightweight doors? Gone due to side crash protection. For anyone that's put up and taken down a 181 top, you know that any replacement vehicle will have a better mechanism. You'll also see stronger bumpers, crash sensors, better instrumentation, comfier seats, better passenger heating and cooling, modern lighting, and more.
= Twice the weight.

gears Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:53 am

With AWD, it could be worthwhile ..

ldj1002 Mon Nov 13, 2017 3:53 pm

CraigInPA wrote: Whatever they would come up with would be a pale imitation of the original type 181 due to customer expectations for comfort, and modern safety requirements and in effect. You can pretty much forget about a folding windshield. There will be, at minimum, air bags for the front passengers. Those lightweight doors? Gone due to side crash protection. For anyone that's put up and taken down a 181 top, you know that any replacement vehicle will have a better mechanism. You'll also see stronger bumpers, crash sensors, better instrumentation, comfier seats, better passenger heating and cooling, modern lighting, and more.


With all that It won't be a Thing just like the new Beetle wasn't a Beetle

ALANSD Fri Nov 24, 2017 4:23 pm

if they could make something at the quality level of the toyota landcruiser, it would be great. otherwise it would not sell.



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