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

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

These current electric cars are really good

Selected products in table overview

BMW iX

Recommended price from 77 300 EUR, savings: up to 13 386 EUR

Kia EV6

Kia EV6

RRP from EUR 44,990, savings: up to EUR 14,069 / in leasing from EUR 274

Mercedes EQS 580 4Matic

Mercedes EQS

Recommended price from 97 807 EUR, savings: up to 6 152 EUR

Hyundai Ioniq 5

Hyundai Ioniq 5

RRP from EUR 41 900, savings: up to EUR 12 280 / leasing from EUR 234

Audi Q4 e-tron 40

Audi Q4 e-tron

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

Skoda Enyaq iV80

Skoda Enyaq iV

RRP from 34,600 EUR, savings: up to 11,584 EUR / best leasing price 124 EUR

Mazda MX-30

Mazda MX-30

RRP from EUR 34,490, savings: up to EUR 13,035 / in leasing from EUR 90

Smart EQ Fortwo

Smart EQ for two

RRP from 21 2140 EUR, savings: up to 8 240 EUR / in leasing from 77 EUR

Tesla model 3

Tesla model 3

Recommended price from 46,560 EUR; Savings: up to 7,975 EUR / best leasing price 289,00 EUR

Opel Corsa-e

Opel Corsa-e

Recommended price from 30,400 EUR; Savings: up to EUR 11,920.00

Volvo XC40 Charging

Volvo XC40 Charging

Recommended price from 48,650 EUR; Savings: up to 9570.00 EUR


BMW 1602

BMW is considered sporty, but currently does not have many adrenaline cars to 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 motorcycle BMW R nineT. That’s exactly what we want, just electric. A “German muscle car”! The Munich company was able to borrow the technical base from the BMW i4.

Citroën DS (2021): Sketch – New Release – Classic – Electrical – 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 do not come close to the abundance of the original goddess. But perhaps it would be just the exciting alternative to the monotony that many buyers are currently looking for, interpreted in a modern way and with electric power. One thing is for sure: more statement is hardly possible.

Video: Fiat 600 (2019)

Successor to Knutschkugel


fiat 600

Fiat 500 saved Fiat. But how does it continue, what comes after the beloved smooch ball? How To Cars advocates a new “Seicento”. Our designer’s proposal has all its little brother’s stylistic charms: the round eyes, smooth flanks and the vaulted ceiling. In addition, the 500 has grown. So the woman’s favorite has finally got more space in the back and a bigger bonfire.

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, abbreviated / 8, came on the market. It was a great success for the company Stuttgart: it sold about two million copies. A new edition is of course unlikely. Mercedes wants to electrify the business class with the super-futuristic EQE. But not everyone likes it. That’s why the editors can very well imagine retro clothes for EQE in the style of Stroke 8.

Opel Kadett

Sure: A new sports coupe based on the Astra would be a highlight for all Opel fans. And not just as an internal combustion engine. Such a new cadet could also cut a fine figure like an electric runabout. Corsa-e and Mokka-e already have the right drive technology under the plate. With the Manta GSe Elektromod, Opel has shown how exciting it can all be.

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 electric interpretation of the iconic compact from the 80s. How close to the look of the study is the production car remains to be seen. AUTO BILD can imagine that the yellow accents under the headlights, the black roof or the wide cheeks are also 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 Snövits kista, was added. He enchanted the world with his extraordinary combi back. Volvo, the station wagons are loyal, a new coupe is waiting a long time. Polestar 2 was able to donate the technology needed. We have known since P1800 Cyan that P1800 can be translated into modern times.

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