Volkswagen EuroVan
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Make: Volkswagen
Model: EuroVan
Volkswagen EuroVan

The Volkswagen Eurovan, as it was known in the United States and in Mexico, or the Transporter, as it was known in the UK, Ireland and Northern Europe, was the first front-engined van manufactured by the German automaker Volkswagen. It is the successor of the Volkswagen Type 2 van, and is built upon the Volkswagen T platform. It seems that enthusiasts mourned the death of the classic Type 2, but in reality its passing was inevitable. The Eurovan became a tremendous success, and the introduction of its own successor was delayed numerous times due to the demand for the newly loved model. After 14 years, the T4 finally ended production in 2003. There are however rumors that the model will be resurrected for the Chinese market. This all began when in the 1970s, Volkswagen was thinking about replacing their rear-engined Type 2 van with a more modern, front-engined, water-cooled design. This was something they had very successfully done with their passenger cars earlier in that decade and they saw no reason not to do the same with their van. Why then in 1980 they still introduced the new rear-engined Vanagon is really unclear; however, the story goes that unions feared the closing of VW's Salzgitter factory, where the boxer engines were built, and thus forced the new design to continue to use the boxer engine. Anyhow, whatever the reason, the front-engined van was delayed until 1990. By 2003, the T4 was itself replaced by the all-new T5. The T4 was released in 1990, as the first Transporter without a rear engine. This front-wheel drive model was offered in two wheelbases, and because it was front-engined it allowed a far greater diversity for special bodies. It has a transversally mounted engine with four, five or six cylinders, and an especially popular TDI diesel engines option.

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