The 2011 Geneva Motor Show in March brought quite a few new models out of the closet.But for the green car admirer, two concepts were the gems of the show: the return from the legendary Volkswagen Microbus, and an electric sports car from Nissan that merely might be economical.
The Volkswagen Bulli concept is the second iteration of VW's styling exercise to reincarnate the spirit of the long gone Microbus. The name refers back to the German model designation for what was formally called the Volkswagen Type 2.
In Geneva, the Bulli was presented being an electric car having a platform flexible enough to include any one of VW's small diesel or gasoline engines.
Physically smaller than the original Microbus, the Bulli would still seat six. Its overall shape refers to the lines of their grandfather, but muted by the extra compact dimensions of the mother (the VW "Up" minicar concept).
VW has tempted us using this kind of concept just before. It showed the VW Microbus Concept back in 2001; though for your United States market it truly rebranded a Chrysler minivan to the VW Routan.
As for the Esflow, if Nissan can make a business case to create its odd-looking Cube to marketplace, the newest electric sports car must be a home run.
Nissan wants to expand the product range of vehicles which use its all-electric Leaf drive train, to spread those costs across a more models.
Infiniti is anticipated to get its very own electric car utilizing an upscale version from the Leaf platform, but at Geneva, Nissan demonstrated what are the fathers of the 370Z may well do to excite the sports-car-buying public about electric cars.
The Esflow concept is often a two-passenger sports car, loosely based on the Leaf platform, though enormous evolutionary actions in the powertrain. The Esflow uses not one, but two electric motors, which drive the trunk wheel in true sports car format.