The Volkswagen Transporter is not a page of automotive history, but an entire book. The Transporter came to life in 1950 as some sort of a Beetle derivative and quickly became an icon, with its split windscreen becoming a good friend of hippie signs.
Starting from the second generation of the van, which arrived in 1967, we enter the area of vehicles that are still a part of the automotive landscape today (the vehicle is still being produced in Brazil).
The third incarnation of the Transporter arrived in 1979 and it was this generation that marked the end of the air-cooled era.
The fourth chapter of this story was written in 1990, with the most important change being the front-mounted engine configuration. This is a van that many companies, even in Western Europe, still use today.
2003 brought us the T5 Transporter, the vehicle becoming more mature and, for the first time, being eligible for the MPV title, in its passenger configuration. The T5 received an important facelift in 2009 and this is how we ended up with the current model.
Over the years, this VW van evolved from its prototype, which looked like something drawn by a three-year old to the road car-like vehicle we see today, serving an infinity of purposes, including working for fire departments and hospitals.
Now, the vehicle has become an autoevolution test car, with the model of choice being a passenger Multivan with the 4Motion four-wheel-drive system. We chose a mid-range approach, both for the engine (140hp 2.0-liter diesel) and the equipment level (Comfortline).Continue reading