Volkswagen unveils multi-purpose Multivan PanAmericana Concept in Frankfurt

Article by Andrew Christian, on September 17, 2015

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has unveiled its concept of a new limited edition of the Multivan at the Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA). The Multivan PanAmericana concept intends to show the world that it could be an excellent off-road vehicle and an outstanding people carrier, as well as a superb cargo handler.

Bike enthusiasts and racers will find the Multivan PanAmericana to be an awesome solution to a problem they all share – transporting their beloved motorcycles to their favorite race course or off-road location. Not only that, the Multivan PanAmericana allows easier loading and unloading of bikes thanks to an electrically assisted system.

While it does have the off-road capabilities of a sports utility vehicle, the PanAmericana concept still features the comfort expected from a Multivan. Of course, the Multivan PanAmericana could transport cargo loads of nearly any type or size.

Since the Multivan PanAmericana also features the much-needed electric load ramp and interior mounting hooks, it is perfect for this group. While the latest generation Transporter and Caravelle are now available in the United Kingdom, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has no plans to offer the Multivan PanAmericana in the country.

Exterior Design

As for its design, the Oryx White-finished Multivan PanAmericana concept vehicle features wheel arch moldings and flared side sills that help convey a sporty appearance. It can be easily recognized as a limited edition Multivan thanks to the PanAmericana badge at the rear and on the B-pillar, the styling line (in Flash Red and black) above the side sill and the fins on the radiator grille.

The vehicle’s lightweight yet sturdy metal underbody guard can be seen on the front. Inside the cabin of the Multivan PanAmericana concept are features and elements made from sophisticated yet rough materials. These features include decorative strips on the seats in white-and-carbon look.

The strips -- color- coordinated with the exterior paint – complement the rugged “Clip” upholstery for the middle seat panels and white contrasting stitching. To boost the PanAmericana’s rugged profile, the passenger compartment features aluminum diamond plate on the floor.

All these features and elements were bestowed on the Multivan PanAmericana show car simply because the vehicle is targeted towards motorbike racers who want a convenient yet sure way of transporting their beloved superbikes wherever and whenever.

Press Release

WORLD PREMIERE OF THE VOLKSWAGEN MULTIVAN PANAMERICANA CONCEPT AT THE IAA

Globetrotter? Off-roader? Or in this case – competitive racer? The concept of the new Multivan PanAmericana not only unites diverse worlds; with this vehicle these worlds can be conquered too. At the Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA), the specialists from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles are presenting a new limited edition – that will add yet another positive trait to the best-seller from Hannover. This is the ability to transport, conveniently and safely the owner's valuable motorcycle in the interior, allowing them to take it to their favourite Alpine pass or race course – with electrically assisted loading and unloading.

The PanAmericana concept vehicle unites the comfort of the Multivan with the off-road capabilities of an SUV. Above all, however, it does what it does best: serving as a magnificent transport vehicle for cargo loads of nearly any type or size.

Globetrotter: Visually, the Multivan PanAmericana concept vehicle, painted in Oryx White, features distinctive details. The vehicle can be made out at first glance as a limited edition of the Multivan by the PanAmericana badge at the rear and on the B-pillar, the fins on the radiator grille and the styling line above the side sill in Flash Red and black. Wheel arch mouldings and flared side sills underscore the vehicle's sporty image as well. Also visible in front is the sturdy lightweight metal underbody guard.

The interior is also distinguished by a mix of sophisticated yet rugged materials. Features include decorative strips on the seats in white and carbon look that are colour coordinated with the exterior paint, combined with the rugged “Clip” upholstery for the middle seat panels and white contrasting stitching. Aluminium diamond plate instead of the carpeted floor in the passenger compartment reinforces the vehicle’s rugged character.

That is because this edition being shown for the first time in Frankfurt was made for a target group with very high standards: motorcycle racers who want to conveniently transport their fine superbikes over long distances to their favourite courses. They will find that this chic version of the best-selling transport vehicle – combined with the necessary electric load ramp and interior mounting hooks – is ideal for their next (racing) adventure.

The latest generation Transporter and Caravelle are on sale in the UK now. There are no plans to bring this concept to the UK market.

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