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Volkswagen confirms return of classic Camper van

Speaking at the New York Auto Show, Volkswagen board member Dr Heinz-Jakob Neusser has revealed that the company is currently developing a Camper van concept powered by an electric motor.

He told our sister publication, Autocar UK, that the design of the original VW van was "so iconic" that any attempt at a new model would have to have three "very important" design cues: "First the wide, solid, D-Pillar; second, the boxy design of the centre section and; thirdly, the front end must have a very short overhang. The distance from the A-pillar to the front end must be very short."

Neusser said that to achieve the unique front-end design, the company’s engineers decided to use an electric motor, as it allowed a much lower bonnet line than a conventional engine. The result of this was that the A-pillar could sit much further up than in a conventional MPV.

He has also said that the concept car currently under development could be tuned into a production model.

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