The Transporter is a van manufactured by the German car manufacturer Volkswagen, internally known as Type 2 (the Volkswagen Beetle is internally known as Type 1). The Transporter has also been registered as a name since 1990, with the arrival of the T4 variant. Various nicknames have been used for the different models over the years, with the VW-Bus being the most commonly used name.
A total of six generations have now been introduced to the market under the Type 2 name, from T1 to T6. The Type 2 is therefore, contrary to what is often thought, not synonymous with a T2-Bus.
The Type 2 was the second model to be produced by the post-war Volkswagen; the company had previously only manufactured the Volkswagen Beetle. Production started in 1950. The Type 2 became a popular hippie van during the nineteen sixties and seventies, mainly because it offered plenty of space for both people and food.