The concept could spawn a full lineup of electric, Bus-inspired models.

The retro-inspired I.D. Buzz Concept that Volkswagen introduced earlier this year at the Detroit Auto Show will reach production, the company has confirmed."Emotional cars are very important for the brand. We are selling loads of Beetles still, particularly in U.S. markets. But we will also have the Microbus that we showed, which we have recently decided we will build," Volkswagen boss Herbert Diess told British magazine Auto Express.

The model is expected to be at least four years away from production. It will ride on Volkswagen's upcoming modular MEB platform, which was developed specifically to underpin electric vehicles. Like the original Bus, it will come standard with a rear-mounted motor and rear-wheel drive.

The concept car's design will inevitably get toned down in the coming years, but the production model will still be recognizable as a heir to the hippie van. Interestingly, Volkswagen design boss Oliver Stefani hinted it could ultimately spawn a wide lineup of retro-inspired cars.

"The T1 also had some family members, like the pick-up, the camper, the Samba. I think there are a lot of possibilities with this car," he said.

The I.D. Buzz -- a name that most likely won't be retained for production -- won't be Volkswagen's first long-range electric model. The company has already confirmed it's turning the first I.D. Concept shown in Paris last year into a production model that will replace the E-Golf.