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1980 Volkswagen Bus: The

A new model name debuted the 1980 Volkswagen Bus: the It graced the third-generation Volkswagen which ushered in the biggest in the big box since the original version of decades earlier.

Wolfsburg had been planning the third-generation Bus. It had been considering a proposed configurations, from drive, to a front-engine/ rear-drive to a mid-engine/ rear-drive configuration.

In the it decided the original rear-engine/rear-drive would provide the most-efficient and the best traction. Thus was the of the third-generation bus decided. It debuted for called the Transporter in Europe and the in the U.S.

Other than the powertrain the Vanagon was a clean-sheet design. It had a new fresh sheetmetal, and a redesigned Wheelbase was stretched 2.4 inches, to and the body shell was widened by 3.3

The platform’s floor was lowered by 2.4 the spare tire moved to the nose on a drop-down cradle, and the tank, now at 16 gallons, was relocated to the front seats. (Oil be checked and filled from the hinged rear license cover.)

The suspension was completely new and as a truly all-independent design. In trailing arms and torsion were discarded in favor of A-arms, variable-rate coil tube shocks, and an anti-roll

In back, the torsion bars banished and replaced by a semi-trailing-arm with progressive-rate coil and tube shocks. The track was by 6.9 inches in front and 4.5 inches in the

As before, overseas markets offered a variety of body including commercial vans and trucks, but Americans got only and nine-seat passenger models, a Kombi with just two seats, and the Westfalia Camper.

half of all VW vans were for personal use, so designers on making the Vanagon user-friendly and out.

Overall, there was a 15-percent in interior volume. The center between the front seats was by 15 percent. The rear floor the engine box was lowered 7.9 inches, luggage space in the rearmost by 40 percent, to 36.6 cubic

The sliding side door was the rear hatch increased in by a full 75 percent, and the rear was enlarged by 50 percent. Total area was up by 22 percent.

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The interior upscale trim, full and door map pockets. The angle of the wheel was a little less bus than before, and the dashboard was as up to as in most passenger cars.

Heating and fresh-air ventilation as good as ever with the underway, but VW still didn’t a fan as standard; buyers had to pay extra for a blower. A another wise was the gasoline-fired auxiliary heater, cost $370.

The body were actually less than before, though the had more rake. On the safety three inches of sheetmetal had added ahead of the front to serve as a crush zone. beams and structural reinforcements all U.S. safety standards for even though the Vanagon have to meet them it was classified a truck.

Though the new nose had what like a black plastic the Vanagon was the only German-built VW to retain an air-cooled engine. In the the only engine was again the 2.0-liter horizontally opposed with electronic fuel It remained at 67 horsepower and 101 pounds/feet of

The standard four-speed manual had a final-drive ratio of 4.57:1, but for the time it had an 0.88:1 overdrive top A three-speed automatic was optional at $350 and had a 4.09:1 final

What was this third-generation Bus like from behind still quite bus-like Go to the next page.

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