Design Mastery The New Volkswagen Transporter Uveiled

Design Mastery: The New Volkswagen Transporter Unveiled

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With its iconic front, side, and rear design, the new Transporter1 seamlessly blends the design DNA of its predecessors with a contemporary reinterpretation. Every angle of the new Transporter from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles instantly signifies its lineage as the successor to the T6.1. This latest iteration ushers the Transporter series into the modern era, marking…

Design Mastery The New Volkswagen Transporter Uveiled

With its iconic front, side, and rear design, the new Transporter1 seamlessly blends the design DNA of its predecessors with a contemporary reinterpretation. Every angle of the new Transporter from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles instantly signifies its lineage as the successor to the T6.1. This latest iteration ushers the Transporter series into the modern era, marking the debut of the entirely new seventh generation.

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles proudly introduces three models—Multivan, ID. Buzz, and the new Transporter—each contributing to the innovative Bulli family narrative.

Hanover (29 May, 2024) – Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is unveiling the first design details of its new Transporter generation. “We are transporting the DNA of our iconic model into the modern era with this completely new Transporter,” says Albert Kirzinger, Chief Designer of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. He elaborates, “The seventh Bulli generation captures the signature design elements of its six predecessors and reinterprets them. This approach continues our tradition—each new Volkswagen Transporter has symbolized a fresh visual beginning, bridging a rich history, the present, and the future. This timeless evolution has maintained the product line’s relevance for over eight decades, establishing it as the most successful van series in its class worldwide.” Pre-sales of the new Transporter have commenced in Europe, with prices starting at 36,780 euros2, and the market launch is scheduled for the first quarter of 2025.

Bulli DNA: “It takes just one second to recognize the Transporter—redesigned down to the last millimeter—as the successor to the T6.1 and a member of the Bulli family,” asserts Albert Kirzinger. He continues, “The design consistently follows the iconic Bulli DNA. This is immediately apparent in the main body, featuring the distinctive contour below the side windows—what we call the Bulli line. This unique DNA permeates all exterior design aspects, establishing the new Transporter as the original in its class.”

Detailed Design:

Front: The T5’s influence is seen in the shape of the radiator grille, the T6.1 in the headlights, and the T1 in the iconic clarity—all evolved into a new Volkswagen Transporter appearance. The design integrates seamlessly into the current Bulli family’s range. “The front design of our seventh Transporter clearly marks it as part of the Bulli family, complementing the Multivan and ID. Buzz duo,” adds Kirzinger.

Silhouette: The side profile of the Transporter, which ranges between 5,050 mm and 5,450 mm in length, showcases the typical Bulli design clarity. “Like the T6.1, we extended the upper contour of the headlights into the sides, continuing to the rear to create a prominent linear curvature above it—the Bulli line,” explains Kirzinger. This line demarcates the upper and lower body areas, paying homage to the T1. The redesigned 16-, 17-, and 19-inch Transporter wheel rims include the standout 19-inch Indianapolis alloy wheel, featuring a diamond-cut rim flange, six black spokes, and inner surfaces. The fuel filler flap for the diesel and plug-in hybrid versions is conveniently integrated into the B-pillar area, as on the T6.1 and Crafter. The charging socket flap for plug-in hybrid and all-electric models is situated under the right-hand headlight.

Rear: The rear design of the seventh Volkswagen Transporter retains the clear, characteristic Bulli features. Available with either a tailgate or rear wing doors, the rear end, though redesigned and technically updated, maintains the distinctive shape of the tail lights with LED dots towards the sides, creating a stylistic link to the T5. “A horizontal line below the rear window and a black handle strip above the number plate create a smooth horizontal strip between the C-shaped tail light clusters, emphasizing the iconic clarity of the new Transporter,” states Kirzinger. He continues, “As with any Volkswagen commercial vehicle, every line is logical. The described horizontal lines frame the Volkswagen logo and extend into the tail lights with millimeter precision.” The form follows function on the seventh Transporter, evident in the tailgate or wing doors, whose recess extends deep into the bumper, resulting in a low load sill height of 575 mm to 638 mm, depending on the version.


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