Hannover, 26 March 2020 – Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VWCV) is extending the production shutdown at its German plant in Hannover and at the Polish plants in Poznań and Września by a further four days through until 9 April. The brand is thus reacting to the continued drop in demand for light commercial vehicles and the risks in the supply chains. Short-time working for the workforce at the German site is planned to end at the end of the night shift from 9 to 10 April.
Hannover, 19 March 2020 – Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VWCV) globally presents for the first time the e-BULLI, an all-electric vehicle that produces zero emissions on the road. Equipped with the drive system components of the latest Volkswagen electric vehicles, the concept vehicle is based on a T1 Samba Bus produced in 1966 and comprehensively restored. The stage for the world premiere was to have been Techno Classica 2020. As it has been postponed, VWCV is now presenting all the facts about the e-BULLI in virtual format in words and pictures. An important message for all fans of the Bulli and of electric mobility: the combination of high-end classic and high-tech electric vehicle will be available to buy for real. VWCV partner eClassics is planning to offer T1 conversions and T1 complete vehicles in the style of the new e-BULLI.
Hannover, 17 March 2020 – Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VWCV) is taking action in response to the coronavirus pandemic and will be suspending vehicle production. This applies from Thursday (19 March 2020) for an anticipated ten working days. The production sites affected are those in Hannover (T6.1, Amarok and eCrafter), Poznań in Poland (Caddy and T6.1) and Września in Poland (Crafter). The reasons for stopping production are the uncertain sales environment for light commercial vehicles, the suppliers’ volatile supply chains and to protect the health of all employees.
Hannover, 6 March 2020 – Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles celebrates an extraordinary history. The Transporter – aka Bulli, Kombi, VW bus or microbus – has had the world's longest production run for a commercial van. On 8 March, 70 years before, the first transporter came off the assembly lines at the Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg as a Type 2. After the Beetle (Type 1), this was the second world bestseller under the VW label. To date, more than 13 million more units have followed the first produced unit of the model series. The history of this cult classic spans six vehicle generations. Globetrotters travel the world with it as a camper. Businesses have always considered the Transporter a trusty companion for their employees and goods. Families drive the Bulli through their daily lives in safety. Today’s retrospective marks the beginning of the future of this icon.
Hannover, 28 February 2020 – Increasing numbers of owners of an historic VW Transporter also known as Bulli, Combi or Microbus dream of being able to drive a classic car emission-free with a modern electric drive system. With the new e-BULLI, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VWCV) is now showing what such a classic vehicle of the future could look like. VWCV is thus linking this iconic vehicle with the allure of zero-emission driving. Volkswagen already had its first electric Transporter way back in 1972: it was based back then on the T2. The e-BULLI of 2020 is now based on the T1: a ‘Samba Bus’, produced in 1966, exported to Los Angeles and later brought back to Europe. It has now been rebuilt and fitted with a modern electric drive system. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles will be showing the e-BULLI to the public for the first time at this year’s Techno Classica in Essen (25 to 29 March).
Hannover / Düsseldorf, 21 February 2020 – It wins plaudits as a van, family MPV, shuttle and camper with limitless versatility: the Caddy. To date over three million have been built, and now, as a world première, VWCV is revealing the progressive, fifth generation of the Caddy. Every detail from the ground up is new, as for the first time the best seller is now based on the Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB). Thanks to the MQB, new high-end technologies now find their way into the range. Innovative driver assistance systems enhance safety and make driving easier; networked infotainment and digitalised control systems turn the Caddy into a smartphone on wheels; a new twin dosing technique makes the TDI engines cleaner than ever before. The exterior has been given a completely new and strikingly sporty design. At the same time the space in the interior has also been significantly improved. The Caddy is an all-rounder, the Swiss Army knife of urban delivery vans and family MPVs.
Hannover, 20 February 2020 – Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles will be electrifying Techno Classica 2020 in Essen (25 to 29 March): in the shape of a roadworthy electric VW van based on the T2, the Hannover-based company will effectively be showing the forerunner of the future ID. BUZZ. First licensed in April 1978 to Berlin Municipal Transport Services, it is now part of VWCV Oldtimer’ collection. This Bulli is more than a vintage van, it is one of very few zero-emission classic vehicles anywhere in the world.