Volkswagen is gearing up to revive the iconic Samba bus
And there might be a non-electric version, too (maybe)
Volkswagen unveiled the quirky ID.Buzz concept at the 2017 NAIAS with a plan to launch an actual production version within a few years. As a spiritual successor to the iconic Samba bus, the ID.Buzz will likely inherit the 'Samba' nameplate and - this is the big news - there's actually a chance VW will also introduce a version that's powered by petrol, not electricity.
The ID.Buzz is built using VW's ubiquitous MEB platform, the same architecture that the German group has used (and will use) for most EVs, and it stands to reason that the final product will also be electric.
However, Volskwagen has recently trademarked several nameplates for their upcoming models - e-Beetle, e-Karmann, e-Golf and e-Thing - and they've also trademarked the name 'Samba', without the 'e' hyphen, indicating there might be two models in the plan: one electric Samba for Europe and North America, and maybe another ICE Samba for other markets as well.
Furthermore, the patent (filed on June 4, 2021), says it is "intended to cover the categories of automobiles; engines for land vehicles" and there's no mention of electric propulsion, which is unusual because VW makes a point of including that part in the description for its new trademarks/patents.