QOTD: How's That Buzz?

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

qotd how s that buzz

I was out of the office dealing with some routine medical stuff last week (I'm fine) so I mostly followed the unveiling of the Volkswagen Buzz via our TTAC story and social-media posts.

As I dig further into it, I want to know what y'all think. Obviously, some of you unloaded your thoughts onto Chris's story, so consider this a second chance to opine.

Do you think it will sell well? Why or why not? Would you buy one? Would you drive one without buying it -- as a rental or whatever? Is the price right or wrong?

Sound off below.

[Image: Volkswagen]

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  • Carlson Fan Carlson Fan on Jun 05, 2023

    I think it is pretty cool & grew up with a '75 Ford window van so I can attest to their utility. $60K is a lot for any vehicle and I'm not convinced EV's are ready for prime time for a number of reasons. It would make an awesome 2nd or 3rd vehicle in a multi-car household but again the price would keep most from considering it.

    I agree with the other comments that those who have to have it will buy it and then sales will drop off. Offer a panel version for the commercial market, that could have possibilities.

  • RHD RHD on Jun 05, 2023

    The price will also be a huge factor. Most websites expect it to start at around 50K. Add in the dealer fees, taxes, markup, options and assorted nonsense, it'll probably easily pass 60 grand. A Chrysler Pacifica starts around 38K.

    The real test will be if anyone with nostalgia for the old VW Van/Kombi/Station Wagon/Bus/Etc. will be motivated to actually buy one. Once the new and unique wears off, its innate excellence (or lack thereof) will determine its long-term success.

    • Mikedt Mikedt on Jun 06, 2023

      If MSRP is 50K, dealers will be tacking on 20k in "market adjustments" for the first few years.

  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Jun 06, 2023

    Gut feel: It won't sell all that well as a new vehicle, but will be wildly popular in the used market 12.5 years from now.

    (See FJ Cruiser)

  • Bkojote Bkojote on Jun 06, 2023

    I think it's a home run that VW is bound to bungle.

    For the anti-CUV crowd there's a cool factor here as pickup trucks have become so cartoonish. This will absolutely embarrass the neighbor with a GMC pavement princess pile in the driveway. Even better, the VW van fandom hasn't ruined these the same way it has the Sprinter, and honestly the design looks tight. And believe it or not there's huge demands for minivans- look no further than the unobtanium that is the Toyota Sienna.

    So here's what's going to go wrong-

    These are going to be priced on the premium end and they'll be hype for the first 3 years. The owners (whom The MKIV coil packs and dieselgate disasters a distant memory) trading in their post-college Rav4's and CR-V's are going to quickly discover the whole host of Volkswagen failures- bad sensors, glitchy software, leaking roofs, and hell it'll probably have an emissions scandal of its own somehow. This on top of the already terrible haptic controls VW has, the unreliable charging network, and terrible range. And they'll have the privilege of endlessly fighting with Sleazy Sam's VW dealership after the 4th flat bed tow.

    They're gonna make the same mistake the kids did in the 80's with the rabbit, the 90's with the Passat and Jetta, and the 00-10's with the TDI's- think VW finally turned the corner and stopped making garbage before doing the trade of shame back to Toyota and Honda.