VW Readies Microbus 2.0
Volkswagen has been testing consumer interest for more than 15 years in a 21st century successor to the now-iconic microbus it introduced in 1950.
Volkswagen has been testing consumer interest for more than 15 years in a 21st century successor to the now-iconic microbus it introduced in 1950. The newest iteration—an all-electric model dubbed the I.D. Buzz,—was unveiled at the Detroit auto show last January.
Matthias Erb, chief engineering officer for Volkswagen Group of America, says a decision to build the latest version, which has received strong consumer interest, is expected before the end of 2017. He notes the car is likely to come equipped with connectivity and self-driving features.
Here's an overview of the study of assembly plant productivity that gets the undivided attention of all automakers: "The Harbour Report." Although the Big Three companies are getting better, they still have a way to go. But given the levels of competition, better won't be good enough for some plants, it seems.
Topology optimization cuts part development time and costs, material consumption, and product weight. And it works with additive, subtractive, and all other types of manufacturing processes, too.
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