Volkswagen's CES teaser looks an awful lot like a new Microbus

The automaker promises that its new concept car will be a long-distance electric people-hauler. Sure sounds like a Microbus to us.

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Some automakers are content to leave their unveilings to the typical auto shows -- Detroit, Chicago, Geneva. Others use different venues that more closely align with the vehicle being displayed. That will most certainly be the case with Volkswagen and this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

The concept is hidden under a veil in the single picture that Volkswagen provided, but its dimensions are in line with a larger vehicle. Rumors have been swirling that VW would launch a new Microbus, and this could very well be that.

Those same rumors also pointed to an electric drivetrain, and VW's press release says this new concept "marks the beginning of a new era of affordable long-distance electromobility," so the stars are certainly aligning here. Further reinforcing the idea of an electric Microbus successor is the shape of the concept's lower running lights, which are shaped exactly like the ones on the all-electric e-Golf.

Volkswagen will be bringing more than just a new Microbus to CES. The automaker will also showcase features that Volkswagen will include in future cars, "thanks to the increasing interconnectedness of the motor car." We'll also get a glimpse at the next generation of Volkswagen infotainment systems, which The Truth About Cars may have already uncovered from the dark corners of the Internet.