Volkswagen Transporter Cars
The best selling van worldwide is the Volkswagen Transporter. First introduced in 1950, it is still in production today owing to its vast popularity and distinctive design. The Volkswagen Transporter series includes not just vans and minivans, but also campervans and minibuses. Since its inception, it has been a trend setter among vehicles, going through six major changes and drastically influencing the automotive market as a whole.
T1 and T2
The original Volkswagen transporter cars, the T1 line, were based off of the Volkswagen Beetle, and their most popular monikers were the microbus or minibus. The T2 line followed and became a symbol of the hippy movement. Its iconic flat front (due to rear engine) and VW symbol set it apart from the competition. Other car manufacturers followed suit, creating forward control vehicles of their own.
Also known as the Vanagon and the T25, the T3 hit the market in the late seventies and continued to manufacture into the early 2000's. It was the first Volkswagen Transporter to include an air cooled engine first, then a water-cooled boxer engine in later models. This engine remained rear-facing, keeping in line with the Transporter aesthetics.
Overlapping with the T3, the T4 was introduced in 1990 and was a departure from the typical Transporter style. It was the first of its kind to feature a front-mounted engine. Like the T3, it used a water-cooled engine. But it also had front-wheel drive. In the United States and Canada, many knew this as the Eurovan.
T5 and T6
The more recent T5, from 2003-2016, and T6, from 2016-present, was noted to be lightweight with a dual-clutch transmission. Volkswagen utilised their seven-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) technology to create an efficient and sturdy vehicle. The T5 and T6 also run on common rail diesel complete engines.