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VW May Shock 'The Thing' Back To Life as E-Car

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VW Kübelwagen. (Wikimedia Commons)

By    |   Tuesday, 24 October 2017 02:11 PM

VW may shock "The Thing" back to life as the German automobile company contemplates reviving the Kübelwagen as an electric vehicle, Car and Driver magazine's blog said Monday.

That was just one of the ideas that Volkswagen's brand chief Herbert Diess threw out last week, suggesting that VW's new Modular Electrification Toolkit battery infrastructure could be ideal for the vehicle's rebirth, Car and Driver wrote.

"MEB is flexible — rear-wheel drive, front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive — and we have so many emotional concepts," Diess told Car and Driver. "I don't know if you remember the Kübelwagen. This Thing is a nice car. Then there are all the buggies, the kit cars. We have the bus. We have the various derivatives of the bus. We have so many exciting concepts in our history that we don't have to do a Beetle."

The Drive wrote that the first Kübelwagen was Germany's response to the American Jeep in World War II. The website said that in America, The Thing was based on the Type 181 built for the West German military from 1968 to 1983.

The Drive said a modern version of the Kübelwagen could give VW a "unique retro off-road offering with a toughness the Atlas and Tiguan don't have. … Electric motors provide extremely high torque at low speeds, which is also where they are much more efficient than gasoline engines."

Volkswagen's announcement comes as the company tries to overcome a huge emissions scandal where VW engines in some vehicles were illegally rigged to beat government emission tests for harmful nitrogen oxide. The Associated Press wrote that some 11 million Volkswagen vehicles had the deceptive software.

In one lawsuit the scandal generated, a San Francisco federal judge in May approved a $1.2-billion settlement with owners of 88,500 Volkswagens with three-liter diesel engines rigged to cheat on emissions tests, The AP wrote.

Owners of three-liter models from 2009-2012 that cannot be fixed to meet pollution standards will be offered buybacks ranging in price from $7,755 to $13,880, the news service said then.

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