The German carmaker, Volkswagen, manufactured VW buses. The first production of the Transporter, which is another name for VW bus, was in 1947 shortly after the World War II. VW buses generally fall under the following models: Volkswagen Type 2(T1), Volkswagen Type 2 (T2), Volkswagen Type 2 (T3), Volkswagen Type 4, and Volkswagen Type 5. Germans view the Volkswagen buses as a symbol of national pride. Overseas, the VW buses had a quirky reputation.
Volkswagen Type 2 (T1), generation T1
Volkswagen Type 2 (T1) is the first variant of Volkswagen Type 2 with production lines in Europe, US, and Brazil. Production started in 1950 and ended in 1975. Within which time there was about three assembly plants worldwide; two in Germany (Wolfsburg and Hannover) and one in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil. It was the first ever Volkswagen Transporter T1 with split windshield hence it was nicknamed the split screen. Other names are microbus, and Splittie.
The launch of the bus in a highly saturated and competitive market with the likes of Corvair 95 Corvan, and others did not stop the car from gaining popularity as a cargo cum pickup truck in the United States. It also came in handy as a passenger van. Ben Pon, a Dutch Volkswagen importer first came up with the idea of renovating generation T1 into Volkswagen Type 2 (T2): As it turns out, in 1946, Ben Pon was in Wolfsburg to export VW buses to Holland. He came up with the idea of improving on Volkswagen Type 2(T1), but the idea only translated into Volkswagen Type 2 (T2) four months later. There are different models of Volkswagen Type 2. Two popular models are the Samba bus and, panel van.