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Volkswagen T2 Returns To Europe, Judgment Day?

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On: Wed, Nov 9, 2011 at 5:24PM | By: Chris Salamone

Volkswagen T2 Returns To Europe, Judgment Day?

Despite all kinds of inflammatory claims that Volkswagen will soon be the largest automaker in the world, the company clearly has their marketing act together. It’s no secret that hordes of adoring fans support the newly redesigned VW Bulli concept and VW seems to be toying with our emotions further by reoffering old school VW T2 camper vans in the Netherlands. For European citizens, the opportunity to own an original VW van must be tempting, but true die-hard fans can still purchase them in Brazil. So what does it all mean?! Could the T2’s reintroduction be a sign of the second coming of VW’s landmark vehicle? A sort of quasi-judgment day?

Thus far, VW is keeping their focus strictly on T2s in the Netherlands and has not offered any real evidence that T2s would be anything other than a nifty collector item. We can only hope that these T2s actually represent a convenient tester vehicle for the European camper van market.

While European campers are essentially original, they do have some updated features. The T2 comes equipped with a sofa bed, stowable table, kitchenette with refrigerator, stainless steel sink, and two-top gas stove.

All these improvements carry a somewhat hefty price tag. Pricing starts at $44,700 and can soar to $77,190 for the model-topping Highline version which features leather seats and linoleum floors for easy cleanup.

VW plans to ship T2s made in Brazil to Europe for sale and, as such, specs look to remain the same. Power derives from a 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 79 horsepower. Expect an unfortunate four-speed manual transmission, which allows the performance enthusiast to bang out 16 second 0 to 60 times on command. A word of caution seems appropriate here: with so much quick-shifting and horsepower on demand, drivers must always be conscientious of speed limits. This bus can achieve a top speed of 84 miles per hour.

Although there are no official statements of a projected VW Bulli launch, surely the return of the T2 to Europe must mean that we are at least a small step closer to a new VW camper bus. And if the Europeans react with high demand, the repopularization of peace symbols, and general enthusiasm… who knows? Even VW’s purely Dutch website is enough to convince me to buy one of these vintage tanks, but of course it would probably be cheaper to drive down to Brazil.

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Stephy21 | 9:05AM (Thu, Nov 10, 2011)

Very vintage van!! I like it.

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