Throughout history, Volkwagen's iconic people carriers and campervans have always been applauded. At the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, Volkswagen intends to show that it fully deserves the recognition by debuting its new Volkswagen Caravelle people carrier and California campervan. The new generation of models has enhanced comfort and safety features, the latest technology, and they have lower emissions and they're also more fuel-economic by about 10% across the range.
On the outside, the modifications to the new models include new rear light clusters, chrome side trims, more aerodynamic door mirrors and an entirely new front using the latest Volkswagen passenger car design for the grille and headlights seen most recently in the new Polo and Golf.
Similar to Volkswagen's latest passenger cars, the models feature three-spoke steering wheels, stylish new instruments, a recommended gear shift display, a USB Media interface to connect external devices, and the latest audio and integrated, touchscreen, hard-drive navigation systems. Introduced across the range are a new generation ESP (Electronic Stabilization Program) with hill-start assist and an emergency brake light function.
Other new features include Volkswagen's Side Assist lane change system, first seen in the Touareg, which warns the driver of anything in the vehicle's blind spot, and a new TMD (Tire Monitor Display) to alert the driver to any decrease in tire pressures.
Due to a new range of four quieter, more economical 2.0-litre four-cylinder common rail TDI engines, refinement is improved. Power outputs of 84 PS, 102 PS, 140 PS and 180 PS that all meet the latest Euro V emissions standard are offered.
The new models also benefit from the introduction of Volkswagen's seven-speed DSG automatic transmission, which will also be available later in 2010 with the 4MOTION all-wheel drive system with fourth generation Haldex coupling for the first time on selected models.