Is VW Type 7 Trademark For Electric Amphibious Car?


Could this be for a new electric amphibious concept?

Volkswagen is up to something these days. Well, every car manufacturer is, but the German marque seems to be up for nostalgia with its recent trademark application. As spotted by AutoGuide, VW has filed for the trademark of the name “Type 7.”

In case you didn’t know, the People’s Car brand used to name its cars simpler by using “Type” and then followed by number designations.

To recall, the Beetle was referred to as the Type 1, while the Kombi – the spiritual predecessor of the I.D. Buzz Concept above – was called the Type 2. A compact car was then called the Type 3 while the Type 4 used to be a wagon. Digging deeper, the last time VW used the name Type 7 was for a military vehicle in the 1940s called the Schwimmwagen, which literally translates to “Swimming Car.” Does this mean that VW is working on an amphibious concept?

Moreover, it won’t be a long shot if the company uses the Type 7 for an additional electric concept to extend the I.D. Concept range. An electric amphibious vehicle? Why not, right?

We may or may not see the Type 7 in production nor as a concept vehicle, as car brands have the knack of filing everything for a trademark without actually materializing into something. AutoGuide speculates that VW might reveal a concept at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show in March, but we’re not counting on it.

Besides, VW also filed for Type 7 trademark under product merchandising, alongside its automobile classification for the name. So basically, we’re on a guessing game right now, and all we have to do is wait for VW’s next move.


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In europe the kombi is called T1, T2 etc. For their generations. As the current gen is called T6, type7 may therefore be for the e-buzz «T7».

The current bus is Type2 T1 – T6. T7 would be more like Type2 T7 (Transporter7), but not type 7.
I imagine VW does not count former types anymore and it has nothing to do with amphibious cars.

Agree… VW is in the business of making money off of high volume car sales not amphibious cars that they would have to sell for a million each just to pay for the engineering…

They have made cars just to make them too. Several fairly limited editions, and I don’t think they make any money on Bugatti either.. they are really expensive to make.

How about building higher power camper vans at a low price? The amount people want for a rust bucket is ridiculous.

Volkswagen had 10 or so here this last summer for a long term press junket, they were the current model California T6. I was able to check them out while they were stored at Pacific Volkswagen awaiting the return trip home and I must say I was very impressed. I love camping but I am tiring of tents (no longer a spring chicken) and every trailer I look at would require me to buy a SUV or truck to pull it. I would seriously consider one if they were sold here.

A Schwimmwagen would be ideal for Norway, in and out of the water when cutting across all those Fjords (for those who don’t want to take the electric ferry) 🙂

“An electric amphibious vehicle? Why not, right?”

Captain Obvious says: Could it be because no amphibious car has ever sold in significant numbers?

A car which wants to be a boat is going to do neither very well.

It would be better you inform yourselves a bit better. The project code for vw caravelle/California vans has always been t.x, previous one was t5, current one is t6…, normal next one is t.7.