Series production of one of the most successful vehicles in history began on 8th March 1950 at the parent plant in Germany. The Transporter used the engine and axles of the Beetle but not the central tubular frame. Instead it had a unitary body supported by a ladder frame. The payload was approx. 750 kg. and the engine had a capacity of 1131 cc, and an output of 18 kW at 3300 rpm. The VW Bus conveyed up to eight people; the two rear rows of seats could be removed in order to transport loads. Series production began at just 10 vehicles a day.
In 1951 The Samba Bus was introduced. It was designed for passenger transport only. The two-tone paint finish, roll back sun roof, plenty of chrome and 21 windows set new standards. The move by Volkswagen 1956 to a newly built Volkswagen Transporter factory in Hannover on 8th March increased production rates dramatically. The first Transporter generation had a production figure of 1,800,000 and the Type 2 sold 2,277,307, indicating how they both caught the imagination of customers and proved to be excellent multiple person carriers.
The year 1983 marked a further milestone in the history of the Transporter. The "Caravelle" made its appearance as a vehicle designed entirely for comfortable passenger transport – an MPV. By 1986 the Transporter is world leader with the 6,000,000th Transporter leaving the assembly line. In 1997 the 8,000,000th Volkswagen Transporter was produced.
Now in 2016 we see the Caravelle has once again reinvented itself with its sixth generation. Our limited edition Caravelle Generation Six pays a clear visual tribute to the vehicle’s true roots. The fresh, new design is inspired by the two-tone paint finishes from the iconic Volkswagen camper, so that the newly designed Caravelle is sure to turn heads wherever the vehicle goes.
Available in the classic red and white livery, this limited edition has either the 150PS or 204PS Euro 6 engines equipped with BlueMotion Technology. Both engine options come with our dual clutch direct shift gearbox (DSG) as standard.
With the exclusive Candy White and Cherry Red two-tone paint combination, the new Caravelle Generation Six will turn heads. The interior reflects the design’s exterior, featuring decorative inserts to match the two tone paint finish. The “Dark Silver Brushed” decorative trim rounds off the colourful dash panel.
The standard 18-inch “Disc” alloy wheels with wide tyres and white spokes enhance the styling of Caravelle Generation 6.
The new Caravelle has to be seen to be really appreciated. It is a beautiful update of a classic design first launched over 65 years ago.