A remarkable milestone has been reached as Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has
now produced in excess of 10 million examples of the iconic Transporter. This year marks the 60th anniversary
of the existence of the model.
The Volkswagen Transporter is unique. Not only is it one of the most easily recognised vans ever designed,
it’s also built up a loyal following. Its popularity has been sustained, remaining Volkswagen’s best-selling
This success is not just due to the Transporter’s style and design, but also Volkswagen’s enviable reputation
for quality, durability and competitive whole life costs, a nationwide network of dedicated Van Centres, plus
the wide range of derivatives available to suit many needs.
Facts from the history of the Volkswagen Transporter:
- 1947: first design sketch of the rear-engined Transporter produced.
- 1950: Production of the first generation, ‘split-screen’ Transporter started in Wolfsburg for the 1950
model year with an air-cooled, 1,131 cc engine borrowed from the Volkswagen Beetle.
- 1956: Transporter production moved to a new Volkswagen factory in Hanover.
- 1967: The second generation, ‘bay window’ Transporter was introduced. Over three million were
made during 12 years of production. It’s still produced to this day in Mexico.
- 1979: The third generation Transporter was introduced.
- 1982: After 32 years and with production totalling over five million vehicles, the Transporter switched
from air-cooled to water-cooled engines – still rear-mounted.
- 1990: The fourth generation Transporter was introduced and became the first to have the engine at the front
to leave a completely flat load area.
- 2003: The current, fifth generation Transporter made its debut.
- 2007: An event to celebrate 60 years of Volkswagen vans held in Hanover, Germany, attracted 71,000 visitors with an amazing
selection of over 5,000 Transporter vans present.