Volkswagen Bus History & StoryHere's the first minivan created on the earth....? Ha..ha.. of course not..
Volkswagen bus is a big box on the Beetle chassis. They have design so strong and is was be the legend till today. Original design of the first generation created in 1949, it's the icon for this vehicle models.
After the beetle successes on the market and Volkswagen was healthy enough to created the second model, is was the Bus type, known as the Type 2. And for notes this bus was developed without input from Ferdinand Porsche who designed the original Beetle, so who did it?
Let's take a look historical development of the Volkswagen bus design.
He was never fast, but it did carry generations of dreams, belongings, and families.
The First Generation T1
The Second Generation T2
The Third and The Last Generation
|The Third Generation T3 1980-1992 |
More larger and heavier comes with more squared and less rounded styling. Why I call the third generation is the last generation? Because this generation still on the same base with a rear engine and rear wheel drive so the T3 was the final generation of rear-engined Volkswagens.
|The New Generation T4 1993-2003 |
This new generation, have new configuration front engine and front wheel drive.
|The Current Generation T5 2004-present |
Most pupolar name is Multivans / Caravelle
The fifth generation of the VW Transporter hit the market in Europe late in 2003. It is a direct successor to the T4 in its looks and utility value.
Volkswagen have cost problems, T5 Transporter is not available in the United States and Canada in any form. Instead, Volkswagen offers the Volkswagen Routan, a passenger minivan based on Chrysler LLC's Dodge Caravan, but T5 Transporter still sold under the Eurovan nameplate in Mexico.
+ In Mexico, the Volkswagen T2 Kombi and Panel were produced from 1970 to 1994.
+ Volkswagen has factories in Brazil and he's still make and producing T2 (VW Kombi) so far, until right now ^_^. (Update)
+ South African production of the T3 continued, for regional market only, until 2002.
+ And I am still waiting for new Volkswagen Microbus at 2014-2015, and I hope this not rumors.