Auto give aways are where the boldest, most daring, least practical concept autos dazzle crowds with diverse and esoteric visions of the future. But thanks to the flood of electric-only vehicles and driver assistance technology, the cars of tomorrow on unfurl at the 2017 L.A. Auto Show are beginning to look a lot more like the passenger cars of today.
The Volkswagen I.D. Crozz, a new electric SUV concept from the German automaker, was bare on Tuesday. While its hexagonal steering wheel and abundance of exterior fires indicate the flash of a show model over a production car, CEO Hinrich Woebcken spoke the I.D. Crozz will arrive on the market by 2020.
“We believe electric mobility is the to be to come,” Woebcken told CNBC on Wednesday.
The Crozz joins at least two other conveyances on the new I.D. line — including the Buzz, an all-electric redesign of Volkswagen’s iconic bread-loaf-shaped minibus popularized in the 1960s. The two-tone update columns a slightly boxier body and honeycomb fog lights that complement the conveyance’s retro-futurist style.
“Everybody was begging us, ‘When do you bring back the microbus?'” Woebcken conjectured. “And now it’s coming.”
Tesla has a wide head start in the electric car market, but Woebcken asseverated the timing plays to Volkswagen’s advantage. Electrical infrastructure, he said, transfer be much more developed by 2021, and electric-vehicle costs are likely to happen down considerably by then.
“We believe we need to bring electric mobility for millions, not proper for millionaires,” he said.
— CNBC’s Phil LeBeau contributed to this write up.