Retro cars as e-cars: We wish these legends back

Fiat celebrates 500 sales successes with the retro smooch ball. Opel brings a new Manta. And VW leans the brand new ID Buzz optically on the first generation of the venerable Bulli. No wonder: nostalgic feelings boost sales.
Reason enough for AUTO BILD to write a wish list to a few car manufacturers. We would like to have the following legends as e-cars. The DS, for example, was way ahead of its time. She could easily repeat that with a battery-electric drive. An electric one is completely different cadet. He could be characterized by reliability and down-to-earthness. A classic Opel.

These current electric cars are really good

Selected products in tabular overview

BMW iX xDrive50


RRP from EUR 77,300, savings: up to EUR 13,386

Kia EV6

Kia EV6

RRP from EUR 44,990, savings: up to EUR 14,069 / in leasing from EUR 239

Mercedes EQS 580 4Matic

Mercedes EQS

RRP from EUR 97,807, savings: up to EUR 6,152

Hyundai Ioniq 5

Hyundai Ioniq 5

RRP from EUR 41,900, savings: up to EUR 12,594 / leasing from EUR 299

Audi Q4 e-tron 40

Audi Q4 e-tron

RRP from EUR 41,900, savings: up to EUR 12,420 / best leasing price: EUR 89

Skoda Enyaq iV80

Skoda Enyaq iV

RRP from EUR 34,600, savings: up to EUR 11,584 / in leasing from EUR 233

Mazda MX-30

Mazda MX-30

RRP from EUR 34,490, savings: up to EUR 13,419 / in leasing from EUR 197

Smart EQ Fortwo

Smart EQ for two

RRP from EUR 21,940, savings: up to EUR 11,430 / in leasing from EUR 60

Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3

RRP from EUR 46,560; Savings of up to EUR 7975 / in leasing from EUR 275.00

Opel Corsa-e

Opel Corsa-e

RRP from EUR 30,400; Savings: up to EUR 12,281.00

Volvo XC40 Recharge

Volvo XC40 Recharge

RRP from EUR 48,650; Savings: up to EUR 9570.00

BMW 1602

BMW is considered sporty, but currently doesn’t have too many adrenaline cars on offer. For beginners, a light, short, straight wrist warmer is missing. It could look like the 1602 and drive like the old rear-wheel drive 1 Series. The air-cooled boxer engine was declared dead and then celebrated a grandiose comeback in the BMW R nineT motorcycle. That’s exactly what we want, just electric. A “German Muscle Car”! The Munich company could borrow the technical basis from the BMW i4.

Citroën DS (2021): Sketch – Reissue – Classic – Electro – Design – Info

This is what a new edition of the legendary Citroën DS could look like

Citroën DS

With the DS9, the newly created luxury brand from Citroen has a stately sedan in its range. The nine does not come close to the opulence of the original goddess. But maybe that would be exactly the exciting alternative to the monotony that many buyers are currently looking for, interpreted in a modern way and with an electric drive. One thing is certain: more statement is hardly possible.

Video: Fiat 600 (2019)

Successor to the Knutschkugel

fiat 600

The Fiat 500 saved Fiat. But how does it continue, what comes after the well-loved smooch ball? How To Cars advocates a new “Seicento”. Our designer’s proposal has all the stylistic allures of its little brother: the round eyes, smooth flanks and arched roof. Also, the 500 has grown. So the woman’s favorite finally has more space at the back and a larger trunk.

Mercedes-Benz /8 (2021): sketch – new edition – “Stroke 8” – info

How about a new Mercedes Stroke 8?

Mercedes /8

In 1968 the Mercedes W 114/115, called /8 for short, came onto the market. It was a huge success for the Stuttgart company: it sold around two million copies. A new edition is unlikely, of course. Mercedes wants to electrify the business class with the super-futuristic EQE. But not everyone likes that. That’s why the editors can well imagine retro clothes for the EQE in the style of the Stroke 8.

Opel Kadett

Certainly: A new sports coupé based on the Astra would be a highlight for all Opel fans. And not just as a combustion engine. Such a new cadet could also cut a fine figure as an electric runabout. Corsa-e and Mokka-e already have the right drive technology under the sheet metal. Opel has shown how exciting the whole thing can be with the Manta GSe Elektromod.

Renault 5 (2021): new presentation – electric – sketch – info

First look at the electric R5

Renault 5

Renault itself presented a show car with the simple name “5” in 2021. Behind it is a modern electro interpretation of the iconic compact from the 80s. How close the look of the study is to the production car remains to be seen. AUTO BILD can imagine that the yellow accents under the headlights, the black roof or the broad cheeks can also be found on the final Renault 5.

Video: Volvo P1800 retro car

Today’s Snow White coffin

Volvo P1800

Roger Moore drove a Volvo P1800 in the crime series The Saint. From 1971 the Volvo P1800 ES, called Snow White’s coffin, was added. He enchanted the world with his extraordinary station wagon rear. Volvo is loyal to the station wagons, a new coupé is long overdue. The Polestar 2 could donate the technology needed. We have known since the P1800 Cyan that the P1800 can be translated into the modern age.

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