A brief history of the beloved Volkswagen microbus

Danielle Muoio

Volkswagen gave its classic microbus a face lift — for the second time.

The German automaker unveiled a new microbus concept at the Detroit Auto Show on Monday. The electric bus is part of Volkswagen's goal to introduce 30 electric or hybrid vehicles by 2025, and to sell two to three million of them a year, in response to the Volkswagen emissions scandal.

But this isn't the first time Volkswagen has given its beloved bus a high-tech twist — it first did so at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2016.

Nothing could ever replace the retro bus, known as the Kombi, in our hearts. But it's worth looking at its evolution. Scroll down for a closer look.

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