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VW Teases 'Vizzion' for the Future Ahead of Geneva

CARS.COM — Volkswagen’s latest step forward in its plans for all-electric autonomous vehicles is the I.D. Vizzion: a four-passenger sedan with no steering wheel or gasoline engine. The I.D. Vizzion will be revealed in non-sketch form at the upcoming Geneva International Motor Show taking place March 8-18.

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The I.D. Vizzion joins previous Volkswagen I.D. concepts like the Buzz — an all-electric modern take on the iconic Microbus van — and Crozz electric SUV. Why do all the names have two Z’s? My favorite guess is that someone at the German automaker is a huge fan of the band ZZ Top, famous for their beards and tasteful songs like “Legs,” “Tush” and “Velcro Fly” (among others).

The Vizzion has no steering wheel because it is meant to be entirely autonomous. Passengers — “guests,” to hear VW tell it — will not have to pay attention to driving conditions and can focus on interacting with each other, or with the “digital chauffeur.”

Passengers can interact with the chauffeur via voice or gesture controls, and the chauffeur will know each passenger’s personal preferences … somehow? Volkswagen says it’s “thanks to complete embedding in the digital ecosystem” — all easily understood words on their own, but together in this combination ostensibly mean nothing. Biometrics? Big Brother-esque scans of social media profiles? Forget it, Jake, it’s a concept car.

Check out the sketches of the I.D. Vizzion above, and stay tuned for images of a real vehicle closer to the actual opening of the 2018 Geneva auto show next month.

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