Months before its official launch at the 2019 IAA (Frankfurt Motor Show) in September, Volkswagen officially announced at a Berlin event in May the name for its first model of the new ID. family of all-electric cars. Called ID.3, the company says that the number 3 is significant in that it indicates the new car belongs to the compact segment and it follows the Beetle (1) and Golf (2) as the third major chapter of strategic importance for the history of the brand.
Based on its MEB, short for Modular Electric Drive Toolkit, VW says that the ID. range stands for intelligent design, identity, and visionary technologies. It showed a camouflaged version of the ID.3 in Berlin, opening up order books for European customers to register for the exclusive launch edition. Potential customers can register for an early Tesla-style reserved production slot at http://www.volkswagen.com/id-prebooking by paying a deposit of €1000.