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Volkswagen Marks Six Decades of Building Buses in Hannover

Posted March 21, 2016 10:30 AM by dstrohl

On March 5, 1955, Volkswagen broke ground on a new factory in Hannover-Stoecken, Germany, and just over one year later, on March 8, 1956, the first Hannover-built Type 2 Transporter rolled off the assembly line. Sixty years later, on March 9, 2016, the Historical Museum of Hannover debuted a new exhibit entitled The Bulli builders, which commemorates both the Volkswagen van and its lasting impact on the regional economy.

Developed from a 1947 sketch by Dutch Volkswagen importer Ben Pon, who sensed demand for a Beetle-based bus among commercial buyers, the first Type 2 (known in Europe as the "Bulli") rolled off the assembly line in Wolfsburg, Germany, on March 8, 1950. By the end of the first year, total production reached 8,001 units, but as demand for both the Beetle and the Type 2 increased, the Wolfsburg plant, which could build just 80 buses per day, could no longer meet demand.

When the VW bus had its own manufacturing facility.

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