VW’s ID. Buzz Debut Announced; 2021 U.S. Vehicle Sales Trends

VW’s top boss, Herbert Diess, announced on Twitter the debut date for its Microbus-like ID. Buzz electric vehicle (also called I.D. Buzz or ID. BUZZ).  It’s March 9, 2022.  VW debuted the ID. Buzz concept vehicle at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

VWoA’s Scott Keogh says the Buzz is most anticipated VW model since the New Beetle. He claims the three-row ID. Buzz should arrive Stateside in late 2023 or early 2024.  No word yet on when you can order one.  So, you’ll have to sit on your hands and let VW work on its magic Bus or Buzz.  

Things Change:  U.S. 2021 Vehicle Sales Report

GM’s 90-year rule as America’s top-selling carmaker came to an end in 2022.  Toyota moved ahead of GM in U.S. sales.  And Hyundai/Kia advanced ahead of Honda taking fifth place in last year’s rocky sales race.  In luxury cars, Tesla zoomed past Lexus, Mercedes-Benz and Audi to claim second place, behind BMW.  

VW, meanwhile, posted a 15% sales increase (375,030), while Audi posted a 5% increase (196,038). 

Analysts say last year’s new vehicle sales reflect uncertainty due to production problems such as parts and labor shortages.  VW, for example, cut back Jetta output in order to get its Taos SUVs transported to its dealers.  Atlas was VW’s top selling model (115,687); the Q5 was Audi’s top seller (60,301). VW delivered 16,742  ID.4 EVs while Audi moved 10,921 e-trons