Volkswagen’s sixth generation Transporter breaks cover

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles strangely decided to show their new sixth-generation of its Transporter van to a select group of journalists in the same week as the CV Show is taking place in Birmingham. It’s strange because the UK is probably the biggest market for the Volkswagen vans outside of Germany, and some of the UK based media I met at the CV Show were surprised at the timing of the global press launch.

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Anyway, VW Commercials says that it has updated key technical features offer better safety (with the latest driver assistance systems), improved comfort and convenience (with adaptive chassis, electrically adjustable seats and electric tailgate) and greater driving dynamics in combination with improved fuel economy.

The new Transporter is distinctive and immediately recognisable as a Transporter – it certainly evolutionary as opposed to revolutionary. However, Volkswagen Commercials Vehicles point out that the design incorporates sharper and more distinctive lines. 

Since the launch of Transporter in 1950, around 12 million vehicles have been produced. Although the Transporter went on sale in Germany and the rest of Europe 65 years ago, right-hand drive versions were only available to special order until 1954 when they became standard production line models.  Since then for example, more than 300,000 Transporters have been sold in the UK.

Volkswagen has added new engines with stop/start function as standard and it says that it also has included new entertainment and satellite navigation system, the latter at least probably as an optional extra in Ireland. 

The sixth-generation Transporter will arrive in Ireland later this year. Specification and pricing will be confirmed closer to that time.


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