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    The Volkswagen Bus kicked off a four-year advance on the powertrain front, and concluded with VW planning for the third-generation Volkswagen Bus. The Volkswagen Bus gained the series engine from Volkswagen's model passenger car. It had 72 horsepower and cut mph times from over 30 seconds to a more-acceptable 22 seconds. Quarter-mile times fell to 23 seconds, and official top speed increased to 75 mph. For , the Volkswagen Bus was offered for the first time with automatic transmission. It was thoughtfully matched to the engine, maintaining each gear until well up in the rev range and downshifting promptly for good passing response.

    The automatic did not have an overdrive fourth gear, but its 4. Fuel economy was not as good with the automatic, however, and could dip to around mph. The automatic arrived the same year VW stopped listing gross horsepower ratings and, like many manufacturers, switched to net ratings.

    Gross ratings were taken under optimum laboratory conditions. Net ratings were designed to reflect output with the engine installed in the vehicle and with power-sapping accessories and drive belts in place. Thus the was rerated at 63 horsepower at rpm with manual transmission and at 59 at with automatic. The bus regained some of the lost power for It borrowed the 1. Horsepower was now 67, and a manual-transmission van could run mph in 20 seconds flat.

    The second barrier fell in , when the Volkswagen Bus borrowed yet another engine, this time the 2. Even with automatic, VW buses could now run mph in Evolution of the second-generation bus slowed dramatically after this. Driven by the escalation of the German currency, price increases were helping accelerate a sales decline that had been in progress for several years.

    VW sold 23, buses in the U. Worldwide, however, the Volkswagen Bus was still outselling all competitors and the company knew it had to update the design to protect its market share. Discover on the next page how Volkswagen did it. The Volkswagen Buses averaged around 70 horsepower, not enough to keep them from feeling slow. That was especially true with heavier versions, such as this Campmobile model. In addition to passenger and camper models, the Volkswagen Bus was available in a variety of cargo versions, including this pickup truck.

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