Iconic model makes landmark milestone
It’s been 60 years since the first right-hand-drive Transporter arrived in the country for the 1954 Earls Court Commercial Vehicles Show.
Since then the vehicle’s gone through five generations and helped millions of people build their business dreams or go on the road trip of a lifetime.
Sales figures have increased substantially since it first came to the UK. Only 786 units were sold in 1954, but a record-breaking 18,350 of this multi-talented vehicle were sold in 2013. Global production numbers have now reached 11.5 million.
Back to the start
The idea for the first Transporter, the T1, went from drawing board to production in just 13 months – a timeframe that’s unheard of these days. The T1 quickly became the benchmark for its class as a commercial panel van, pick-up and minibus, but the vehicle remained on the market for 17 years.
The blueprint was so good, its underpinnings barely changed for the T2 when it went on sale in 1967. The rear-engined layout also continued to the T3, which was launched in 1979.
Things changed for the T4’s launch in 1990: it was now a front-engined, front-wheel-drive model that raised the standards for the class in terms of refinement and quality.
The T5 did it again in 2003. More technology, larger load space and an extensive range has made the Transporter the leading model in the light commercial vehicles market.