Can the Volkswagen ID.3 reach Beetle and Golf status?

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But a amusing thing happened this week after Volkswagen announced that it will build just 30,000 units of its special edition ID.3 electric hatchback.

Only 24 hours after becoming available for pre-booking in Europe, the Volkswagen ID.3 racked up more than 10,000 registrations.

A series of ID concept models, which are all based on the MEB EV platform, have debuted since the original prototype was revealed at the Paris Motor Show in 2016.

VW hasn't revealed too much about the new vehicle, but the hatch displayed at the ID brand's launch in concept guise was the size of a Golf mixed with the interior space of a Passat - a crucial advantage of electric propulsion. Probably the biggest difference between the I.D. and ID.3 would have to be the new lower air intake, traditional door handles, and side mirrors.

Volkswagen will bring the I.D. Crozz crossover electric vehicle to the US market in 2020, with an unspecified "largish" sedan introduced at the same time. "With the ID.3, we are making the electric auto fit for mass mobility".

The launch model is badge VW ID.3 1st and comes in regular, Plus or Max trims - progressively adding cleverer lights, bi-colour design and clever features such as an augmented reality head-up display and large panoramic sunroof.

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Volkswagen has been promising us that it would be launching a whole slew of electric models for many years.

Let's not get ahead of ourselves, though-the ID.3 will start shipping to customers in mid-2020, when 30,000 customers will take ownership of their special-edition ID.3 1st cars.

The special edition model will include free electric charging for the first year, up to a maximum of 2,000 kWh.

Pre-orders require a €1,000 ($1,118) deposit.

"With the start of pan-European prebooking for the ID.3, e-mobility at Volkswagen will become concrete for our customers", said Jürgen Stackmann, member of the board of management of the Volkswagen brand responsible for sales, marketing and after-sales. Then you visit VW's preorder site, hoping that it's still working, plug in your information and then wait. First, you raid your sofa and the area under the seats of your current vehicle for loose change until you manage to round up 1,000 euros.

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