Hannover, 15 September 2020 – 30 years ago, Volkswagen’s realignment of its commercial vehicle range was a paradigm shift: in September 1990 – after production of 6.7 million T1, T2 and T3 models with the engine at the back – a new era of front-engine vans began with the launch of the T4. For the first time in the history of the Bulli now only the front axle was being driven. Modern in-line engines with regulated catalytic converters replaced the venerable old boxer engines. Ahead of its launch the company had invested over two billion marks in redeveloping the Bulli. It would turn out to be a good investment.
Hannover, 8 September 2020 – One of the most versatile vehicles ever is turning 35: the Multivan from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. A crossover between passenger car, MPV and camper – highly versatile, the Multivan. Based on the T3, the Multivan was given its world premiere by Volkswagen in 1985 at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt. It quickly went on to become an iconic vehicle among European MPVs. Today, in 2020, it is offered as the Multivan 6.1 in nine different versions: from the highly affordable Multivan 6.1 ‘Family’ to the top-of-the-range Multivan 6.1 ‘Exclusive’. But its history too begins 35 years ago at the IAA what was then already the world’s biggest motor show.
Hannover, 3 September 2020 – Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles opens its first virtual trade show stand for camper vans on 4 September. In an unusual year the cult camper brand is in this way giving all camping enthusiasts and globetrotters the opportunity to find out about the latest camper vans bearing the VW logo. The show highlight: the new and compact Caddy California. Also in the digital spotlight: all versions of the California 6.1 (Bulli) and Grand California (Crafter). Manufacturers of all sorts of different superstructures will also be involved via links to their latest models. Until 11 September visitors will also be able to speak via live stream to experts, who will explain more about the campers.
Hannover, 2 September 2020 – Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles presents the world premiere of the new Caddy California. Every last detail rethought, redeveloped and redesigned – and yet unmistakably the successor to the multi-functional Caddy Beach. A crossover of compact van and cleverly conceived camper. Its name says it all: California. It stands for innovative detailed solutions, which as the T3, T4, T5, T6 and T6.1 made the California the world’s most successful camper van. With the Grand California, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles transferred the California ‘multi-tool’ philosophy to the large Crafter's vehicle class in 2019. Now in 2020 the new Caddy California is making its debut in the compact camper segment. From now on there are thus three California models – a camper van family for every budget, every journey and every adventure.
Hannover, 21 August 2020 – Massive modernisation of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ production operation in Hannover: the brand traditionally utilises the annual vacation corridor in the summer to take numerous remodelling and maintenance measures in vehicle production. The focus this year was on the production facilities for the future Bulli family models: the successors to the current Multivan (as of 2021) and the ID. BUZZ (as of 2022).
Hannover, 5 August 2020 - Exactly 70 years ago a first generation (T1) dove blue panel van with chassis number 20-1880 rolled off the production line in the Wolfsburg plant. It was delivered to Hildesheim to enter into commercial service there performing its intended purpose of transporting goods from A to B. At the end of its working life, the VW Transporter vanished from sight for nearly twenty years in private collections and it was not until the early 1990s that an ardent Bulli fan brought it back into circulation. Following complete restoration the vehicle is now in VWCV’s Classic Vehicles collection, where it has been since 2014. Marking her 70th birthday, the spry old lady once again tells the tale of selected stages of her life.
Hannover, 30 July 2020 – Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles presents first images and information for the successor to the Caddy Beach. The new Mini-camper is based on the completely revamped 5th generation of the Caddy. There are a whole host of new features. One example is the entirely new bed concept that has been redeveloped to offer greater versatility. Technology in the compact camper van is definitely state-of-the-art. And a touch of romance is also included, with the panorama glass roof offering a night under the stars.
Poznań, Hannover, 28 July 2020 – The expansion of the plant in Poznań has taken over two years – now the preparations for full production of the new Caddy are nearly finished. Changes made during the remodelling included the construction of a logistics hall, expansion of the body shop and reconfiguration of the factory site.
Poznań, Września, Hannover, 22 July 2020 – Full production of the e-Crafter has now begun at the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles plant in Września. After nearly two years of shared production with the brand’s main plant in Hannover, the plant in Poland is thus now taking over production of all versions of the Crafter.