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‘70 years of the Bulli’ special edition VW Transporter revealed

Volkswagen has revealed a special edition ’70 years of the Bulli’ Transporter at the Geneva Motor Show.

ACCORDING TO VW, it was Dutch Volkswagen importer Ben Pon who, visiting the Wolfsburg plant some 70 years ago sketched a design for a “vehicle type that did not exist at that time anywhere in the world. His sketch became the launchpad for a vehicle that would sell in the millions – the Volkswagen Transporter”.

To celebrate that moment, VW has revealed a ’70 Years of the Bulli’ special edition at the Geneva Motor Show “which combines the charm of the classic retro style with technology and quality of today”.

Based on a Multivan Comfortline and with bits borrowed from the Highline and California variants, like the chrome trim and wood-look floor, the special edition is also optionally available in fresh two-tone paintwork of Candy White and Metallic Kurkuma Yellow. There’s no word on whether it’ll be available in Australia.

The special edition offers ‘Bulli’ badges and anniversary sticker on the rear window underline. It also features chrome trim, including chrome-look mirror housings. In addition to that, the passenger compartment has tinted windows, the tread plates feature ‘Bulli’ lettering and stainless steel inserts and the loading edge covers of the rear hatch are also stainless steel. Matte black decals around the B-pillars round off the retro look.

In addition to the standard 17-inch ‘Davenport’ wheels, are 18-inch ‘Disc’ wheels, which can be had with either white rims or in classic silver.

70 years of the Bulli

The tweaks continue on the inside, including deluxe lighting, modified ‘Visitamo’ seat covers, and ‘Dark Wood’ floor covering. The ’70 Years of the Bulli’ special edition is also equipped as standard with a multifunction leather steering wheel, a ‘Premium’ multifunction display and an instrument panel framed in decorative ‘Black Glossy’ trim otherwise available only in the Highline version. The special edition has electrically adjustable, heated, fold-in exterior mirrors and also includes ParkPilot for front and rear as standard.

Question: What do you think, is this a fitting tribute to the Transporter, or retro-dressed cash grab?

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Isaac Bober

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