The somewhat rounded prototype has its premiere behind closed doors within the factory in November 1949 and is immediately nicknamed “Bulli” in German which refers to its beefy appearance. Series production of one of the most successful vehicles in history begins on 8th March 1950 at the parent plant. The Transporter uses the engine and axles of the Beetle but not the central tubular frame. Instead it has a unitary body supported by a ladder frame. The payload is approx. 750 kg. The engine has a capacity of 1131 ccm, and an output of 18 kW at 3300 rpm. The VW Bus conveys up to eight people; the two rear rows of seats can be removed in order to transport loads. Series production begins on 8th March at 10 vehicles a day. This first Transporter generation is built up to the year 1967.