Volkswagen BUDD-e Wins Interior Design Award

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Originally published on EV Obsession.

The Volkswagen BUDD-e concept car was awarded the Interior Design of the Year Award at the recent Automotive Interiors Expo 2016 show in Stuttgart, Germany, according to reports.

The Volkswagen BUDD-e concept was first introduced only a few months ago — at the CES show in Las Vegas in January.

Volkswagen budd-E interior

“The CES 2016 show car offers a fascinating insight into what Volkswagen may achieve in future. On this basis, we should all be excited about next generation of Volkswagen interior technologies and developments,” stated Graham Johnson, managing director of the exhibition.

Well, presuming that the company ever moves forward with the concept, or any related ones. Which is an open question considering the company’s past willingness to move forward with electric vehicle concepts.



Gas2 provides more:

The interior of the BUDD-e concept features an innovative all-digital dashboard display. Controlled mostly by hand gestures, it is meant to give the driver intuitive control over all the car’s operating and infotainment systems while creating a light and airy environment for passengers.

The interior allows the front-seat passenger to face rearward to engage with those in the rear. Behind the driver is a lounge-like sofa and two conventional seats. The rear features a 34 inch touchscreen monitor visible to all passengers. The doors are controlled by hand gestures.

…The BUDD-e is built on Volkswagen’s new modular platform for electric cars designated MEB. It intends to build multiple models on that chassis, including cars for the other companies owned by Volkswagen, like Audi and SEAT.

It doesn’t sound like that interior is actually going to make it into a production vehicle. But we’ll happily enjoy testing it out if it somehow does.

Since we’re on the subject of EV interiors, it would seem amiss to not mention the rumors swirling about the interior of the production Tesla Model 3 — an interior that “looks like a spaceship” is how CEO Elon Musk put it. It should be remembered here that the Model 3 is a production vehicle, rather than a concept vehicle like the BUDD-e.

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5 thoughts on “Volkswagen BUDD-e Wins Interior Design Award

  • The serious news from VW is the new platform. Have they revealed whether the hybrid versions will be dual transmission ones, or all-electric drive with the ICE as a range extender as in the Volt? Logic suggests the latter, but the Mr. Toad faction of car engineers prefer the former.

    • The Volt’s ICE isn’t just a range extender. Through the three-clutch system, it can directly drive the wheels. The only EVs with range extenders are the i3 and the Karma.

  • Hey VW: I prefer my car with fewer, rather than more, distractions. The fewer things that take my eyes off the road, the safer I drive.

  • Are those edges on the dashboard for real? Talk about a safety hazard…

  • So the award winning interior likely won’t make it into production.
    More dirty diesel smoke and mirrors from VW…

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