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PostPosted: Fri Oct 27, 2017 3:32 pm    Post subject: Volkswagen thinking about a new Thing! Reply with quote

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.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 27, 2017 7:42 pm    Post subject: Re: Volkswagen thinking about a new Thing! Reply with quote

It'd be as messed up as the other "new old" cars...but the diesel engine will get 100mpg...their figures of course lol Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 27, 2017 8:10 pm    Post subject: Re: Volkswagen thinking about a new Thing! Reply with quote

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

And 200 HP.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 28, 2017 6:05 am    Post subject: Re: Volkswagen thinking about a new Thing! Reply with quote

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.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:58 am    Post subject: Re: Volkswagen thinking about a new Thing! Reply with quote

A few years back someone here posted a rendering of a modern Thing concept. I canít find it in the gallery.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 28, 2017 2:13 pm    Post subject: Re: Volkswagen thinking about a new Thing! Reply with quote

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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.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:53 am    Post subject: Re: Volkswagen thinking about a new Thing! Reply with quote

With AWD, it could be worthwhile ..
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 3:53 pm    Post subject: Re: Volkswagen thinking about a new Thing! Reply with quote

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
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 24, 2017 4:23 pm    Post subject: Re: Volkswagen thinking about a new Thing! Reply with quote

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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