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The VW Bus today celebrates 60 years old.

The Volkswagen Type 2 (also officially known as Transporter or informally as Bus) was the second automotive line introduced by German automaker Volkswagen. It was a panel van introduced in March 8, 1950. Initially based on Volkswagen's first model, the Type 1, also known as the "Beetle".

The Type 2 is the forerunner of modern cargo and passenger vans. The Type 2 spawned a number of imitators, both in the United States and Europe, including the Ford Econoline, Dodge A100, and the Corvair 95 Corvan, the last even adopting the Type 2's rear-engine configuration. As of January 2010, updated versions of this line are produced for international markets, both as a passenger and cargo van, and as a pickup truck. It is also unofficially known as a "microbus", a "minibus" or "hippie van," the latter due to its popularity with the 1960s/70s counterculture movement. The idea for the Type 2 is credited to Dutch Volkswagen importer Ben Pon.

The Volkswagen Type T2 is by far the longest model run in Brazil, having been introduced in September 1950. The fierce competition from European front-wheel drive newer generation vans still cannot match the Volkswagen "Kombi" unparalleled cost-benefit equation. Only produced in two versions, bus (nine-seater or twelve-seater - a fourth row is added for metro transportation or school bus market) or panel van, it offers only one factory option: the rear window defog. As of June 2009, the T2 is built at the Volkswagen Group's So Bernardo do Campo plant at a rate of 97 jobs per day.

Specialists say the Volkswagen Type T2 will come to an end in Brazil by 2012, when ABS brakes, airbags and crash-tests are scheduled to become mandatory.


In this image an exotic model, in the time of The Flinstones, in streets of Belo Horizonte.

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