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    Volkswagen reveals Obi-Wan Kenobi inspired ID. Buzz electric vehicles (EVs) at Star Wars Celebration

    Following last week’s news that Volkswagen are collaborating with Disney’s new limited Star Wars series Obi-Wan Kenobi, they have now released to special Obi-Wan Kenobi inspired Volkswagen ID. Buzz models.

    The pair of electric vehicles (EVs) were displayed as part of this year’s Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California. The show vehicles, ID. Buzz ‘Light Side Edition’ and the ID. Buzz ‘Dark Side Edition’, embody the Light and Dark side with eye-catching designs.

    Both ID. Buzz show vehicles were on the carpet at the premiere of Obi-Wan Kenobi. Volkswagen’s brand ambassador and star of the series, Ewan McGregor, was also in attendance.

    A first-time collaboration between Volkswagen and Lucasfilm designersUsing special adhesive films on the body of the ID. Buzz vehicles, the designers created skins that convey the two sides. These draw inspiration from Ob-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader, two iconic characters from the upcoming series. Designers from Lucasfilm and Volkswagen worked in close collaboration for the special project.

    Doug Chaing, Lucasfilm VP and Executive Creative Director, said: “The opportunity to explore how ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ and the Volkswagen brand could come together on a vehicle was pure fun. 

    “The themes of good and evil, light and dark aren’t necessarily concepts we apply to cars. The ID. Buzz collaboration offered a unique opportunity to have the cars become graphic reflections of two iconic characters.”

    ID. Buzz Light Side Edition

    Based on the passenger version of the car, the lower section of the Light Side Edition is beige, taking inspiration from the hue of the Obi-Wan Kenobi’s tunic. The shiny chrome on the upper section references the design of spaceships and droids from the Star Wars universe. 

    A blue line on the side, which continues to the front of the ID. Buzz into the headlights and light strip, symbolises Obi-Wan’s blue lightsaber. The glass surfaces of the electric ID. Buzz are designed in transparent blue, matching perfectly with the underbody lighting. 

    Logos of the Rebel Alliance can be found on the side windows as well as on the centre caps of the rims. The customised 21-inch wheels carry through the unique design of the entire vehicle.

    ID. Buzz Dark Side Edition

    The Buzz Cargo serves as the platform for this edition. Through ominous shades of black and red, the ID. Buzz ‘Dark Side Edition’ embodies the Dark Side. The film is shiny black on the lower area of the body, while the upper section of the Buzz is draped in matte black. 

    Sidelines, headlights, light strips and window surfaces are in a red hue, inspired by Darth Vader’s lightsaber. The contrast of red and black is continued by the red underbody lighting. The centre of the uniquely designed 21-inch rims and the body of the ID. Buzz bear the logo of the Empire.

    Jozef Kabaň, Volkswagen Head of Design, said: “In close collaboration with Lucasfilm, we combine the timeless and functional design of the ID. Buzz with the fascinatingly detailed world of Obi-Wan Kenobi.

    The new limited Star Warsseries Obi-Wan Kenobi is now be available on Disney+.

    Ian Osborne
    Ian Osborne
    Editor-in-Chief at ElectricDrives

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