One possible reason for this is that the German company has not been able to hit the nail on the head design-wise. What customers really want is something that is styled like a retro car, with cute features and bold colors and features.
One Brazilian designer, Eduardo Oliveira has taken things into his own hands and created a new bus for the masses. We think his creation is spot-on, not only envisioning a nostalgic shape, but also one that is practical.
In the eyes of the designer, the future Transporter successor will be a jack of all trades. In order to keep the driver in a far-forward position, Oliveira wants to reintroduce the rear-engined configuration that made old buses so popular with everything from shop owners to small rock bands.
The front looks a lot like the old T2, with rounded headlights and a grille that looks like a smiling mouth. The windshield is more sloped in order to improve aerodynamics and the columns are painted black. The rear has a large rectangular groove that pushes the lid of the trunk inside.
Everything from a van version with no windows and a slightly raised roof to a pick-up and a eight-seater safari vehicle have been created. While the creation is not perfect, its clear that a lot of work and thought has gone into this. We hope Volkswagen’s design team takes notice of this graphic rendering when they make the next generation VW bus.