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New Volkswagen California CONCEPT to make world premiere at Caravan Salon Düsseldorf

The concept of a new generation of the California camper van will make its world premiere at the Caravan Salon Düsseldorf (25 August – 3 September).

The future generation of the California will be based on the long Multivan and will continue to be produced by Volkswagen in Hanover, Germany, and is scheduled to be built from 2024 onwards.

The California CONCEPT looks ahead to the future of the model series and makes its debut exactly 20 years after the premiere of the first California “made in Hanover”.

For many, the California Beach, Coast and Ocean models are already the epitome of freedom on wheels. With the California CONCEPT, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles will provide a glimpse into the future of
the most successful camper van of all time.

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles says the California of tomorrow will, once again, be unique in its class. Additional innovative ideas reinforce the dual concept of a van that is ideal for day-to-day use but also transforms into a camper van fit for any adventure in next to no time.

Volkswagen has 35 years of experience of making the ideal camper van for our times: for the first time, the California CONCEPT also offers the advantages of plug-in hybrid technology for even more flexibility and a remarkable level of comfort on the road. It is powerful, economical and stands for future-oriented and responsible mobility with its all-electric range. This camper van will also be “smart”. In conjunction with the interactive “Cali on Tour” app, the current California 6.1 is already one of the most advanced vehicles in the segment.

The concept vehicle will be presented at the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles stand in Hall 16 (D52-01).

Over four generations, more than 260,000 units of the California camper van have been sold to date. They all have one important detail in common: the pop-up roof.

The history of the California began in 1988 with a special camper van model based on the T3 generation of the Transporter. Later that same summer, this first California was showcased at the Caravan Salon
trade fair (still held in Essen then). It was available to order in the two colours “Pastel White” and “Masala Red”.

In the years that followed, the California evolved from a special model into its own model series, becoming increasingly popular and winning over 22,000 camper van drivers in just three years.

The change from the T3 to the T4 in August 1990 was equivalent to a technical revolution. After four decades of rear-wheel-drive Transporter vehicles with four cylinder flat engines, the commercial vehicle specialists simply turned everything on its head: They moved the engine forwards and powered the front axle from there.

This changed everything: the design, the running gear, the engines and the space available. There was now significantly more space, especially in the rear. And the California T4 made perfect use of this extra room: providing more space to travel than any other camper van of that time. The slogan on the adverts for the market launch was: “Hotel California. A quiet location, comfortable equipment, panoramic
views guaranteed”, taking its reference from the Eagles song and the West Hollywood hotel featured in it.

The California T4 was yet another hit, selling around 39,000 units by 2003.

The California based on the fifth generation of the Transporter introduced a new dimension of comfort for compact camper vans. However, this California also remained true to the innovative space concept of the original model. By 2015, around 55,000 camper enthusiasts had opted for a T5 California, which had long
since become the most successful camper van in its class. Details such as the bed with slatted mattress base integrated into the pop-up roof, the camping chairs stowed in the tailgate, or the camping table clicked into the sliding door gave the California its reputation as the Swiss army knife for campers.

The California based on the sixth generation of the Transporter followed in 2015; with its numerous
assistance systems, it took sales to a new level: In 2017, the T6 California broke the record of the model series with 15,155 new registrations in one year.

On 30 August 2019, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles presented the California 6.1 – of course at the Caravan Salon. More than 175,000 California vehicles had been built by this time. The new California 6.1 seamlessly continued the success story of its predecessors.

One of its new features was a touchscreen in the roof console, which could be used to control all the main camper van settings and call up a wide range of information. On board the California CONCEPT, this display will be transformed into a screen in tablet format and show a new smart side of this camper van.