First introduced by the Wolfsburg company in 1950, it was also known as the Type 2 – following the Type 1 (Beetle), and featured that unmistakeable split front windsreen. Since the mid-nineties the T2 has been built at VW’s Anchieta factory in Sao Paulo with the plant constructing around 251 units per day. They retain their familiar 1.6-litre air cooled engines for the Brazilian market, but models destined for Mexico feature a fuel-injected 1.8-litre watercooled powerplant – easily identified by their large front-mounted radiator.
From January 1 2014, the law dictates that all new vehicles must be equipped with both passenger and driver airbags and ABS (anti-lock braking system). Volkswagen deemed it economically unviable to bring the T2 inline with the regulations, so production is slated to end on December 31 2013.