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Volkswagen Transporter: 60 years on

Volkswagen Transporter: 60 years on (copyright image)

The new updated T5 is seen here with an original Volkswagen Transporter, which has become affectionately known as T1 (T for Transporter).

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16th March, 2010

Production of the Volkswagen Transporter van started in March 1950 and during the 60 years since then it has become one of the most iconic and popular vans in the world.

With over 10 million produced, the Volkswagen Transporter has evolved through five 'generations' of functional and practical body styles, each representing the ultimate multi-purpose vehicle of its time and enjoyed by business and private users alike for transporting goods or people for work or leisure. It's a unique heritage.

The first T1 ‘split-screen’ model was powered by a four-cylinder, air-cooled, 1.1 litre petrol engine mounted at the back of the vehicle. It had a top speed of about 100 km/h. By comparison, the new Transporter enjoys the refinement of Volkswagen’s latest 2.0-litre, common rail, turbocharged diesel engine with a top speed of nearly 200 km/h, plus the latest stability control systems and braking technology that would have sounded like something from a science fiction novel 60 years ago.

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Although the design has evolved over the years, the first and the latest Transporter share the same badge on the front and the same design principles of a generous loadspace and an enviable reputation for quality and durability.

Similarly, comparing the latest Volkswagen California with a T1 campervan shows that both make efficient use of the space available to provide a vehicle equally suitable for daily trips to work or the shops, as for week-end escapes or outback ventures.

Over the years, Volkswagen Transporters have endured challenging round the world trips by enthusiastic travellers, been used as the preferred choice of travel for rock bands since the 1960s to the present day, and been relied upon by many businesses needing a fleet of delivery or passenger carrying vehicles.

The new updated T5 model Volkswagen Transporters are due in Australia very soon.


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