VW documents the blending of retro and modern in ID Buzz development

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With the customer deliveries of Volkswagen’s electric take on the classic T1 Microbus, the ID Buzz, due to start later this year, the company has released a video documenting the vehicle’s five-year-long development process.

When it comes to the interior, Tomasz Bachorski, VW ‘s head of interior design, said, “For us, the idea was to bring a sense of home to the interior, with all the facets that make up a home. A sense of well-being, the materials, the digital features I have at home or perhaps on my smartphone; all of these should be found one to one in the interior.”

To achieve this, the company integrated its latest infotainment and display technology into an interior with a distinct retro vibe, alongside a strong emphasis on sustainability. For example, the carpets are made from recycled PET material, while only leather-free trim options are available.

VW also notes the extensive reliance on digitalization in the design process, with both interior and exterior design teams harnessing technology such as VR. “Digitization is a tool that allows us to see relatively quickly whether a design concept works the way we imagined, or whether we need to tweak it here or there,” highlighted Karolin Hüsam, one of VW’s 3D artists.

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