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The first Volkswagen seen here in an early debuted in 1950 and was called the or VW Type 2.


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The Volkswagen Bus was the first minivan, by the same logical minds brought the world the Volkswagen In fact, the Volkswagen Bus was for years a big, boxy body on a chassis. The Volkswagen Bus even the Beetle’s air-cooled horizontally four-cylinder engine, and mounted it in the just like the Bug did.

And much like the beloved the Volkswagen Bus came to symbolize and unconventionality for a whole generation of

Variously called the Transporter, Wagon, Kombi, and Micro later the Vanagon and EuroVan, picture-paced article covers version of the Volkswagen Bus, and looks ahead to the vehicle’s

So strong was the original 1950 that it survived until and by the time Chrysler launched its Caravan and Plymouth Voyager in the VW Bus was already into its third

Despite its steady success the years, the 1990s and 2000s not kind to the Volkswagen Bus. VW it in camper form only much of the 1990s, and when it it back with more than ever, that lasted only from through 2003.

Even the cool, German-engineered retro concept that raised in 2001 was shelved. However, the Bus appears on track to return in using the underpinnings of the latest Town Country and Dodge Caravan minivans, but with a body and interior.

The inaugural Volkswagen Bus was officially the Transporter or VW Type 2 — the VW being the Type 1. The Type 2 was of VW chief Heinz Nordhoff’s confidence in the still-young Volkswagen which traced its origins to Nazi Germany, but really begin volume production of cars — all Beetle — until 1947.

of the convertible version of the Beetle in showed that Nordoff was to carefully considered variations on one-note Beetle sedan By 1950, Nordhoff had determined the Volkswagen was healthy enough to a second model range, and was the Volkswagen Bus.

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Nordhoff took particular in the Type 2, noting that it was without input from the engineering and design firm after Ferdinand Porsche, the — later of sports-car — who designed the original

The genesis of the Volkswagen Bus was instead a pencil sketch by Ben Pon, the who introduced the Beetle to the U.S. in

Numerous commercial versions of the had already been built, by entrepreneurs who cut, chopped, and to the little Bug to produce a variety of and station wagon-type delivery

The earliest Volkswagen Buses won as both passenger models and as but handy utility vehicles as this.

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The 2, however, was a purpose-built factory and there was nothing like it on the landscape. Other manufacturers various commercial vans, tall bread-truck-like delivery but no other maker thought to down the design to suit duty.

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