Volkswagen Trucks

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles

Commercial VW TruckVolkswagen, a German automaker, has been making vehicles since before WWII.  Its first model, Volkswagen Beetle, an air-cooled gem,  was an instant hit and deserves to hold the title, the people’s car. During its production, which spanned 65 years, over 23 million Beetles were produced; a feat which still remains undefeated for any car with the same design throughout its production run. Initially the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles was a part of the Volkswagen Passenger Car division. It was made a separate marque from the 1995 onwards. The Volkswagen Truck division produced both heavy and light pickup trucks. The Volkswagen Trucks and Buses operations started out in 1981 when the first heavy duty Volkswagen truck, the Volkswagen 11.130, was launched in February 1981. Initially, the Volkswagen Truck and Buses operated under the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Group, but was later split into a separate division owned  by MAN SE.

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Volkswagen attempted early on to tap the lucrative commercial vehicles segment with the launch of its first van in 1949, the Bulli. It had a rear engined air cooled engine platform. A year later, due to trademark issues, the Bulli was rechristened as Type 2 Transporter. The Transporter soon found a cult following among the hippies. By 1968 over 2 million units had been produced. Several variants for the first generation Type 2 were launched, which included the light truck, camper and a panel van version.  From 1968 onwards, a more rounder second generation Type 2 Transporter was produced until 1979. It still continued to use the air cooled engine. The third generation type 2 transporters was launched in 1980. by 1983, the air cooled engine was dropped out in favor of water cooled engines (still using rear platform). The model range was given a facelift during the later half of the 80s.  A more upscale bus version, called the Caravelle, with comfort oriented features such as the mid and rear headrests, reading lights, metallic paint, velour upholstery, sound system and wheel covers, joined the T3 range in 1983. Also a four wheel drive version called the Syncro was also added to the T3 line Up. The T4 and T5 Transporters were launched in the year 1990 and 2003 respectively. These marked a transition from  the rear mounted platform to to front engine, front wheel drive layout.  An in house designed high spec camper version called the California –  a fully equipped modern camper with beds, fold up seats, table, sink and fridge and several other features – was added to the T5 range in August 2003.

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Volkswagen Pickup TrucksThe Volkswagen did not produce a sole dedicated pickup trucks until the late 1970s. Initially the pickup trucks were largely based on the Transporters. These included a single crew cabin, extended crew cab, or the double cabin versions  with a wider bed. These formed the basis of the Volkswagen Truck segment. Even until now, most of the VW pickup trucks are either based on its standard  passengers cars or bus models. The first Volkswagen truck called the Basistransporter, a front air cooled engined front wheel drive, was launched in 1975. It marked the first dedicated Volkswagen Truck model.  The production ran from 1975 to 1979. It had a payload capacity of 1,000 kilograms. However, only 2600 models were produced and none of them was sold in any developed country. In 1975, The Volkswagen Truck segment expanded to include the LT range, a front engined rear wheel drive platform, which was  designed from the offset as a cab over design. Other bodywork options included the camper version, a panel van, single cabin, double cabin and a compact. The first generation LT had a successful production run from 1975 till 1996, before being replaced Mercedes-Benz’s Sprinter based LT. The second generation LT was result of  a joint venture between Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz group. The second generation had a VW sourced engine with a Sprinter body. In 2006, The LT nameplate was replaced by the Crafter, a large 3 – 5 tonne van.  Essentially, the Crafter is  a third iteration of LT. The body styles carried over from the previous generations, which included: panel van, single cabin, double chassis and a mini bus.

Following the footsteps of LT, a 3 tonne L80 truck was added to the VW truck range. It was jointly developed by the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicle Group and Volkswagen Brazil. The cab design was borrowed from the discontinued LT truck. Some minor cosmetic changes were given including a new bumper and headlights. The L80 truck was marketed until it was discontinued in 2000 when European Emission control came into effect.

In 1980, the Volkswagen released a modern successor to the discontinued Basistransporter, the front engine front wheel drive Caddy light pickup truck. The body style(s) both included the panel van and a pickup truck. The first generation shared the Golf Mk1 underpinnings.  Launched in 1996,The second generation Caddy carried on the success of Caddy Mk1. Caddy Mk2 was based on third generation Polo. A more aerodynamic third generation Caddy debuted in 2003. it was shared the 5th generation VW Golf platform. In 2005,  a seven seat passenger van version Caddy Life was released. Caddy was given a facelift in 2010.

In the year 1987, The Volkswagen launched the Taro – a one tonne pickup truck based on the fifth generation Toyota Hilux. It was introduced to complement the half tonne Caddy and Transporter van. The VW hoped to capture a substantial share of the European utility truck market with the rebadged Hilux. However, the Taro failed to meet the expectations and was dropped out of the line up in 1997.

Volkswagen would not revive the robust pickup truck segment until the introduction of the mid szie Amarok in 2009. The Amarok is the VW’s first robust pick up truck that has been designed to compete directly with the Toyota Hilux and Nissan Nirvana. It is offered both in two wheel drive and four wheel drive configuration.

VW Truck Information

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, the German manufacturer of commercial vehicles including the VW truck is now a separate brand and marquee of the Volkswagen group. Volkswagen EA489 Basis transporter was a small FWD truck which VWCV produced for developing countries in year 1975-79. Further in 1989, VWCV manufactured Toyota-Hilux truck, rebadged as Volkswagen Taro, in a partnership with Toyota. Volkswagen first joint venture into trucks other than LT range was with MAN Nutzfahrzeuge from 1977-93. Around 72,000 units were produced during this time range. Here are few highlights which gave new dimensions to VW trucks as well as European and American roads. VW Truck Classification: Volkswagen trucks are available in three categories namely pickup trucks, mid-range trucks and heavy trucks. Volkswagen Amarok is a mid-size pickup truck consisting of range of single and double cab. This VW truck is powered by Turbocharged Direct Injection diesel and combines rear wheel drive or a four motion four wheel drive. Volkswagen LT, produced from 1975 to2006, was the largest light commercial vehicle panel van and Volkswagen commercial vehicles from 1996. The Volkswagen Constellation produced in Brazil and mainly meant for South American market.  Two generations were produced which are LT (Typ 28/Typ 21) and LT (Typ … Continue reading

VW Trucks – Past, Present, Future

Volkswagen is no doubt a very popular vehicle brand throughout the world. VW trucks are also becoming popular, by impressing the commercial industry. Volkswagen group was established in 1937 and ever since they have been making different types of vehicles. Volkswagen opened a separate brand for commercial vehicles called as Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VWCV) in 1995 and recently in 2009 the VWCV has been owned by MAN SE. MAN SE was founded in 1758 and has ever since been active in the automotive industry. Past VWCV manufactures its products mainly in Brazil and the very first VW trucks were launched in 1981 called as the Volkswagen 11.130 and the Volkswagen 13.130. These trucks were powered by Chrysler engines. In 1980 VWCV had acquired 67% stakes of Chrysler Motors do Brasil Ltda giving them full control over the company. Later they used their technology in VW products. During the years from 1990-1995, VW trucks were built with the help of Ford’s mechanical parts. However this merger also fell and finally VW build their own plant called the Resende in 1995. The $250 million plant is used for assembling VW trucks by using parts from different manufacturers. Till date trucks are still being made … Continue reading

All about Volkswagen Trucks

Volkswagen trucks also known as vw trucks, are built by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles which was originally a part of Volkswagen  Passenger Car Company but now is a separate brand under the marque of Volkswagen group since 1965. The company since then has been manufacturing excellent trucks and commercial vehicles along with some unique and rare models for specific usage for a fixed period. These models include a postal van for German Postal Service, a small FWD truck for developing countries called Volkswagen EA489 Basistransporter and a joint venture truck Toyota Helix that was later renamed Volkswagen Taro. Currently Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has five models of vw trucks that are classified into different sub categories namely Pickup trucks, midrange trucks and heavy-duty trucks. These are state of the art vehicles, manufactured by giving utmost priority to quality and service coupled with world class German Engineering Pickup truck form Volkswagen The company manufactures Amarok as the only pickup truck and it considers Toyota Helix, Mitsubishi Triton, and Nissan Navara as competitors. Powered by a TDI diesel engine, this vw truck comes in single or double cab with rear wheel or four-wheel drive. Midrange Trucks from Volkswagen VW Commercial Vehicles currently manufactures 2nd generation of … Continue reading