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Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VWN) is showing its diverse range of motorhomes at the world's largest trade fair for motorhomes and caravans in Düsseldorf. After the corona-related break last year, the Hanoverians are starting this year with a significantly larger exhibition stand, on which a total of seven “ex-works campers” can be experienced. The youngest member of the VWN motorhome family is new: the compact yet versatile Caddy California is celebrating its trade fair premiere in Düsseldorf.
VW shows extended California family
At the significantly larger exhibition stand in Hall 16 (Stand D52) compared to previous years, VWN will be presenting its versatile world of motorhomes. This includes not only vehicles but also the free “California on Tour” app for smartphones. All model series of the campervans can be seen in various configurations on the stand. Whether for everyday use, camping or adventure travel or van life - VWN has the right vehicle for every travel requirement.
The model series at a glance:
Caddy California (from 30.339,05 euros). The Caddy California is the successor to the micro-camper Caddy Tramper, or later Caddy Beach, which has been available since 2005. The newest member of the California family comes up with its camping equipment "ex works" with compact dimensions (length 4,5m or as a maxi 4,85m). The "little one" offers sleeping comfort thanks to disc springs under the comfortable mattress like the "big" California and with its optional panoramic glass roof it offers a unique opportunity to watch the stars from the bed.
The Caddy California is as compact as it is flexible: If the bed is not needed, it can be removed in a few simple steps, turning the camper into a transporter. If you want, you can even get a pull-out mini-kitchen in the rear of the vehicle, where you can conjure up “one-pot” dishes under the tailgate. He convinces with many clever ideas to use the space of the vehicle perfectly and thus of course also has the matching California-typical camping furniture on board. A real California and a 100% Volkswagen. Let the micro-adventure come.
California 6.1 (from 52.342,15 euros)
No other campervan represents the feeling of freedom and adventure like the California with its characteristic pop-top roof. The icon of all motorhomes - the Bulli-based California - is available in the Beach Tour, Beach Camper, Coast and Ocean configurations. All four models are also available in an exclusive "Edition" version. There is a suitable vehicle for every purpose in the segment - be it a beach tour with up to seven seats or an exclusively equipped California Ocean. All versions of the California 6.1 offer perfectly stowed camping furniture as well as two sleeping areas: below on the fold-out rear bench (including bed extension) and one level higher under the practical pop-up roof. The legendary Bulli driving experience and a vehicle height of 1,99 meters make it suitable for everyday use. Because the best time to travel with the California is anytime.
Grand California (from 61.856,20 euros)
The fully-fledged motorhome based on the Crafter, with its own bathroom and shower on board, offers great independence and flexibility when traveling. The Grand California is available as a 600 (length approx. 6 meters) with a transversely built-in bed in the rear and an optional cot in the high roof and as a 680 (length approx. 6,8 m) with a large longitudinal bed in the rear. Both versions have a practical kitchenette with a 2-burner gas cooker and compressor refrigerator that can be opened from both the inside and the outside. So the cool drink or refreshing ice cream from the freezer compartment is always at hand. So that the energy does not run out, a solar panel on the roof can provide "replenishment". A central control panel provides information about the vehicle's energy balance, the fill levels of the water tanks and enables many technical functions to be controlled. The whole thing is child's play and has already won the “Connected Car Award2" excellent. The Grand California - the smart home on wheels for small and large trips.
all wheel drive
It goes without saying that Volkswagen vans have also been available with all-wheel drive since 1985. Nothing has changed in this tradition to this day. All three models - Caddy, T6.1 and Crafter - can be ordered from the factory with 4Motion all-wheel drive and thus offer even more freedom on all routes in the world. Because the journey is the goal - and the most beautiful parking space is often off the asphalt.
Sales and manufacturing
Sales of the California models were once again significantly increased compared to the previous year. So are the incoming orders for the California 6.1. for example 34,5% above the previous year's level. VWN has been manufacturing the iconic motorhome based on the Bulli in its own California production facility in Hanover-Limmer since 2004. More than 154.000 California have now left the hall and are at home all over the world. Since the introduction of the VW California based on the T3 (1988), over 217.000 California based on the Transporter have been produced. In order to reduce the delivery times for the Grand California, the production capacity has been expanded. Some variants are now even available this year.
California on tour app
The app is the ideal digital companion for the camping road trip. Using the app, you can quickly and easily find a suitable camping and parking space or a gas station along the planned route. With the help of a clear category search, the app provides important information about the next stops on the journey.
In addition, the app offers a lot of technical information about the California as well as access to the digital operating instructions for the vehicle. In this way, the required information can be called up quickly and easily. This makes traveling with the California even more relaxed.
“Legal wild camping” in the Hotel-VW-California
Volkswagen Nutzfahrzeuge (VWN) and hinterland camp GmbH enable owners of California and VW motorhomes to spend the night exclusively on unique parking spaces in the hinterland with the “Hotel-VW-California”. If you don't own a California yet, you still have the opportunity to win a road trip with one of three VW campers and take part in the campaign. The "once in a lifetime" spots will be really spectacular in the course of the year.
California professional partner
As of this year, there have been 400 specialized companies in the VWN dealer network, which consists of 85 partners. At California Profi Partners (CPP) there is a special focus on sales and service for the entire California family. So you can ideally visit and test drive all derivatives of the California with them. The CPP can be found using the filter function in the dealer search on the VWN homepage.
Basic advantage of buying a California:
- On request, everything from a single source, from A for offer (including financing / leasing) to Z for accessories.
- "All-round support in service". The VWN partner is responsible for the base vehicle and the body at the same time. This saves valuable time in service and maintenance.
Motorhome body builder
At Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, there is also a long tradition of motorhomes from manufacturers who base their individual vehicle concepts on the Caddy, Crafter and T6.1 and are therefore the perfect complement to the motorhome range ex works. At the Caravan Salon, over 20 companies are exhibiting their campervans based on VWN vehicles in halls 12 to 16. The Caravan Salon takes place from August 28th to September 5th in Düsseldorf. Tickets must be purchased online in advance.
Of course, that wasn't the end of it!
tuningblog has many more news around the topic Camping and RV at the beginning. Do you want to see them all? Just click HERE and look around. Our focus is especially on converted Campers & mobile homes. This means that you will find fewer reports on classic standard motorhomes here, but much more we try to present specially modified specimens that show that the topic is also Tuning is represented in the camping & RV scene. Following an excerpt of the last campers and campers:
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is presenting the extended California family at the 60th Caravan Salon
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