Volkswagen Transporter Syncro 4WD.
2001 left: This VW Microbus is a concept car, shown at [Detroit], and styled on the `T1' mircrobus that was a staunch member of the rear engined Transporter range. The current Transporter is of course front engined but the stylists have done a good job of the retro' look.
The Microbus has three rows of seats;
the middle row can be turned to face forwards or backwards.
2001 February: In a novel promotion, Volkswagen is offering a free extended warranty on all Transporters sold between 1 February 2001 and 31 March 2001. A two year extension takes the warranty up to 4-years/ unlimited kilometers (normally 2-years/ 60K-km.
Volkswagen released its new Transporter vans in 1992, moving the engine to the front and also driving the front wheels. It made a lot of sense in terms of improved crash worthiness and increased internal space - allowing a full-length, low floor.
The Volkswagen Transporter is available as a van (short and long wheel base) and as a crew-cab pickup (left). A people-mover version, the Volkswagen Caravelle, becomes available in Australia in late 1997.
Volkswagen Transporters can be ordered with the optional Syncro "constant four wheel drive system" which uses a viscous coupling. Volkswagen is sticking to "4WD" terminology rather than the "AWD" alternative. The engine and transmission are transversely mounted in the nose to provide front wheel drive. In the Syncro Transporter, drive is taken off the front differential's crown wheel by a pinion to a propeller shaft. This is in three sections, joined by constant velocity joints, and takes the drive to a rear differential. The viscous coupling is incorporated in the input to the differential. There is no dog-clutch to rigidly lock the viscous coupling.
Rear suspension remains independent by semi-trailing arms on the Syncro, as for the front wheel drive models.
Today's Transporter Syncro is not as capable an offroader
as the old rear-engined Syncro which had
quite surprising abilities, particularly
in the tougher 16"-wheel version.
The modern Syncro is more of a slippery-roader than an
Volkswagen Transporter Series
Long Wheel Base Van and Crew Cab:
Thanks to Peter Farrer, Tom Niksch and others.
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