“No, we won’t do this car,” he told the British publication. “We had a partner, but in the end it didn’t work out.”
We shouldn’t be this upset over the cancellation of a concept car, but the ID Buggy was so close we could taste it. Our sister publication Automobile drove the ID Buggy concept at the Pebble Beach show, and it was every bit as brilliant as you’d expect, the show car’s 25 mph maximum speed notwithstanding.
A similar fate may befall a similar concept: According to that same Autocar interview, Volkswagen was working on a project called the Ruggdzz (a name that is probably a lot closer to the word “rugged” when pronounced with a German accent), a go-anywhere SUV with Land Rover Discovery-like styling. This too has been shelved.
“We’ve put it in the drawer,” Brandstätter told Autocar. “That is not to say it won’t be built, but I don’t think you’ll see it soon. We have more important projects on the run.”