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Consumer Reports auto experts report from the 2011 New York Auto Show in New York City.
Volkswagen Bulli

What is it? The Bulli is VW’s latest people mover, following the tradition of the company’s original Microbus, though decidedly smaller than the well-received Microbus concept from a few years ago. Unlike the classic Bus, the Bulli has four forward-opening doors and seats six in two rows. It’s a little taller, but similar in concept to a Scion xB or a Kia Soul. The seats fold forward for a flat cargo area, or back for a relatively flat bed. Entertainment and navigation systems are built into an Apple iPad that docks onto the dashboard.

What’s new or notable? The Bulli concept is a plug-in all-electric vehicle with lithium-ion batteries that VW claims give the car a range of 180 miles on a charge. VW claims the Bulli is only a concept, but it is clearly considering whether such a style would be popular with American consumers – in a cheaper gas-powered package, of course.

CR’s take: It’s no Microbus, but the Bulli could make a cool and practical competitor in the small boxy urban vehicle segment.

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