On March 8 1950 began in the Wolfsburg factory mass production of one of the most legendary models of automotive history: Volkswagen Transporter van. From 1950 until today have sold over 9 million units worldwide over five generations of the Volkswagen Transporter. With such impressive numbers we could not resist we review the history of this revolutionary van. As we mentioned the year 1950 marked the beginning of mass production of the original van T1 who like many of the great inventions born through the efforts of a man who revolutionized the concept that until then had what could be a light transport vehicle. The T1 was conceived as a sturdy vehicle simple cheap and especially so versatile and practical in its philosophy that was able to combine passenger to cargo.
It all began in April 1947 when Ben Pon a Dutchman who had just incorporate Volkswagen vehicle encountered a strange wandering the Wolfsburg factory. It was a world transformed by the workers of the German plant to facilitate the transport of heavy plates between different warehouses vehicle. That same year Ben Pon drew in a small notebook a type of car 750 kg. unladen weight which until then had not existed: drive and rear engine and a box-shaped body which could carry up to 750 kg. It was the first design which three years later became the T1 the Volkswagen van that became during the sixties and seventies at a command vehicle dreamed and one of the banners representing the new winds of freedom and peace blowing in Europe and America.
In 1954 he had already made in Germany more than 100000 units riding one boxer 4-cylinder with an output of 25 hp allowing him to reach 80 km / h. Its success led to the direction of Volkswagen to build a new factory in Hanover that could absorb the high demand for this vehicle. This first Transporter was made with little variation in design. The legendary Transporter T2 appeared on the market in 1967 and differed from its predecessor by replacing the front glass windshield party for one piece. In addition the side window size was increased achieving innermost brightness and visibility for the driver.
In any case the most important change was not aesthetic. The T2 which was marketed with new engines and a 1.6 47 hp and assembled from that year an oblique dual rear axle articulation significantly improved ride quality. That T2 also known as Volkswagen Kombi Bus or became the mythical image of the hippie generation that exported the slogan Peace & Love (Peace and Love) worldwide during the 70s.
After 12 years in the market and with more than 4500000 units produced was launched a new Transporter in the spring of 1979. The evolution in the T3 passed in recent years by a special security concerns. Thanks to extensive crash tests were performed were able to develop passive safety structures marking new standards in this field as the protectors of the knee and doors. From this time innovations in paragraph engines in quick succession. During the third generation Transporter Syncro version appeared the first with four-wheel drive. This third generation Transporter more than 1 million units in 1990 appeared before the T4 was manufactured.
With this new Transporter again changed the conception of light transport vehicles engine installed at the front. Thanks to the engine and front wheel drive and independent suspension at all four wheels the T4 returned to give a huge leap over its predecessors also offering a versatility hitherto unknown and excellent ride comfort. In 1997 there had been a million and T4. In addition different versions of the Transporter gained more prominence than ever with the T4 highlighting the Multivan Caravelle and California models latter prepared for use as a camper for two.
Since 2003 the current generation T5 again a van that has achieved tremendous success in the market occurs. Update aesthetic level since 2010 the current Transporter has clearly improved in both finishes and engines equipping today propeller 2.0 and four different power levels: 84 102 140 and 180 horses. Also as option is also available 4Motion all-wheel drive with Haldex clutch. If you are interested in knowing the current generation of Transporter you can visit our official dealers Motorsol Commercial Vehicles.
But beyond the technical data the history of the legendary Volkswagen Transporter is full of anecdotes worthy of being remembered. And certainly the T2 has been the model that has marked a before and after in the history of the vans. To get an idea of their impact enough to know that in Brazil the T2 was manufactured continuously since 1976 and ... until this year 2013! Of course this vehicle has also had his moment of glory in film and television being protagonist of modern films like Little Miss Sunshine and even in the Lost series whose insurance fans will recall the scenes that made an appearance the blue vans company service Dharma.
In summary the Volkswagen Transporter remains 60 years later a renowned model and one of the commercial vehicle par excellence. In addition this range has lived since birth and until now constantly evolving and updating in all aspects meets the highest standards of quality and reliability that always delivers on all Volkswagen vehicles.
If you still have not been able to enjoy it we encourage you to meet and try it. Perhaps the best way to start might be to rent a Volkswagen California to enjoy a weekend of its amenities. Since the 70s the Transporter represents a way of completely away from the stress of day to day life so .. why not give it a try? for the other reviews about the newest cars visit here.
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