Volkswagen is bringing the nostalgia to this year’s Geneva Motor Show with a new concept vehicle that looks to the iconic dune buggies from the 1960s and 1970s. The twist here is the vehicle is based on the company’s modular electric drive matrix (MEB), and will be fully electric.

“A buggy is more than a car. It is vibrancy and energy on four wheels. These attributes are embodied by the new e-buggy, which demonstrates how a modern, non-retro interpretation of a classic can look and, more than anything else, the emotional bond that electric mobility can create,” explains Klaus Bischoff, head designer at Volkswagen.

Despite its future-forward powertrain, the styling remains unmistakable that of a dune buggy, with bold arches that contain large, rugged wheels. Meanwhile, round headlamps provide a sense of character to the vehicle, and if you look at it long enough, you might start seeing a friendly “face.”

Much like the dune buggies of the past, which are based on stripped-down Beetles, the concept does without conventional doors or even a fixed roof. If it had a stereo head unit with The Mamas & The Papas’ California Dreamin’ playing, it’ll be perfect.

Volkswagen says the concept serves to show the versatility of the MEB platform, allowing for not just mass production vehicles to be build on it, but also for low-volume niche vehicles.

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