The first Transporter generation had a production figure of 1,800,000. The fact that the Transporter continued to achieve excellent sales figures (although it had numerous competitors as it was “often copied, never equalled”) was due to an astute management decision: the successor to the successful model was launched on the market at the right moment – in the middle of the "trough" in the Federal German economy. It was a much more up-to-date, more attractive and also much safer vehicle which all at once made its predecessor – sold 1,800,000 times over – look outdated. Much more light reaches the interior through the now more rounded, undivided windscreen and through the windows which have been enlarged overall. There is therefore naturally better visibility for the driver and passengers. The Type 2 is still a light-weight vehicle weighing 1,175 kg (Delivery van). It is to become heavier over the years, a tribute to more complex technology and the requirements of passive safety. It has also grown larger – by only a little more than 20 cm outside but considerably more space is available inside due to an improved interior layout. There is now a sliding door at the side and the tailgate is also considerably larger. However, the most lasting change is beneath the metal. The rear axle is designed as a double jointed semi-trailing arm axle and dramatically improves the driving characteristics of the Type 2. The front axle now has even better springing and dual circuit brakes underline the claim of offering passenger car safety. There is also more comfort: better seats, better ventilation and a wealth of improved details. A more powerful engine with 35 kW results in a speed of 110 kph for the Delivery van. The only drop of bitterness: Volkswagen no longer dances the "Samba" – the additional row of windows in the curve of the roof is a thing of the past after the change of model. This version of the Type 2 at least is a collector’s item from now on. A unique record on the South American subcontinent: the 500,000th Brazilian Volkswagen leaves the final assembly line at Volkswagen do Brasil. Special attention is focused on safety. All vehicles are delivered with a new safety steering column.