Volkswagen’s new eclectic minivan, ID.Buzz, is gaining steam.
The German vehicle manufacturer recently teased the new wheels with a short video posted on Twitter. Volkswagen is expected to introduce the ID.Buzz in 2022 and start selling the vans in the U.S. the following year, according to Autoblog.
“Piecing together earlier reports paints a picture of a full family of Buzz-based models, including people- and cargo-carrying variants, a camper, and an autonomous shuttle designed jointly with Argo AI,” Autoblog’s Ronan Glon reports. “Long- and short-wheelbase models will be offered globally, though it sounds like Americans will only have access to the former. All will have at least one thing in common: they'll be entirely electric.”
The company first unveiled the ID.Buzz as a microbus back in 2017. A prototype of the vehicle was spotted being tested in northern Sweden in November, according to Car and Driver. Photos indicate that VW has moved away from the retro look of the original ID. Buzz.
“From these photos, the electric minivan has lost some of its retro charm in the transition from concept to production vehicle, but it's still looking attractive and practical,” Car and Driver’s Drew Dorian writes.
VW Safety Recalls and California Owners’ Rights
Unfortunately, Volkswagen and many other major auto manufacturers are struggling to ensure that the cars they put on the road today are actually safe to drive.
The company announced last year that it was recalling some 210,000 Jetta sedans, for example. Volkswagen said engine bolts could loosen over time, posing the risk of a fuel leak and fire.
In April, VW called back roughly 150,000 Audi A3 vehicles whose passenger airbags may not activate, increasing the risk of an injury in the event of a collision.
The good news for VW and other car owners and lessors in California is that you have some important legal protections when it comes to malfunctioning vehicles.
The California lemon law requires car manufacturers to perform a full range of repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty. The law also forces manufacturers to buy back cars that they cannot or refuse to properly fix. That includes compensating the owner for the purchase price, financing fees and other related expenses.
Although a manufacturer can instead offer to replace the car, it is up to the owner or lessor to decide whether to accept this alternative arrangement. An experienced California lemon law attorney can help you understand your rights and explore your options.
Speak with a Los Angeles Lemon Law Attorney
If you are a car owner who has been stuck with a lemon or in a dispute with a manufacturer over repairs, an experienced Los Angeles lemon law attorney at Bickel Sannipoli APC can help.
Our offices are conveniently located in L.A., San Diego and San Francisco. Call us at (888) 800-1983 or contact us online to speak with a Los Angeles lemon law attorney.