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by Matt Brogan

It’s 60 years this month since production of the Volkswagen Transporter (or Kombi as it was more popularly known) began, and with over 10 million units now produced worldwide, the model is unarguably VW’s best-selling and most iconic commercial vehicle.

The Volkswagen Transporter has evolved through five generations, the latest of which will be launched in Australia later this week.

The first T1 ‘split-screen’ model was powered by a horizontally-opposed four-cylinder, air-cooled, 1.1-litre petrol engine mounted in the rear of the vehicle. The unit developed 18.4kW of power and was capable of just over 95km/h. By comparison the latest Volkswagen Transporter features a range of petrol and diesel engines with outputs as high as 132kW and top speeds of 192km/h, and although the design may have evolved a great deal, the basic principles of quality, durability and a generous loadspace have endured.

CarAdvice will bring you full details of the new Transporter, Caravelle and California models following the media launch in Newcastle later in the week. Stay tuned.




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