Nimbus Concept: Designer Updates the VW Bus
volkswagen | May 28, 2014
The Volkswagen Bus (sometimes called the Kombi or even the Hippiebus) is a much-loved part of Volkswagen’s history. Although designer Eduardo Galvani doesn’t mention the VW Bus with regards to his Nimbus design concept, we think the influence is apparent. The Nimbus is envisioned as a possible future for both urban streets and long holiday drives. But powered by a 180hp electric engine, we’re not sure how far you’d get driving through the desert, even with a roof covered in solar panels.
Inside, the Nimbus shows off new concepts like a hydraulic adjustable steering wheel, a digital rearview mirror displayed in the dash, self-driving modes, and a gearless “velocity system.” The five-passenger cockpit is meant to create a safe driving position with the driver and passengers traveling high off the ground. Galvani’s Nimbus is certainly an eye-catching design and may be a worthy heir to the VW Hippiebus.