31 August 2021
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Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles presents extended California family at the 60th Caravan Salon

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VWCV) is showing its diverse range of camper vans at the world’s biggest trade fair for motorhomes and caravans in Düsseldorf. After a break last year due to coronavirus, the Hannover-based company is making a splash this year with an appreciably bigger stand (no. D52 in hall 16) with a total of seven ‘ex-works camper vans’. A newcomer among these is the youngest offspring of the VWCV camper van family: the compact Caddy California which is celebrating its trade show première in Düsseldorf.

Sales of the California models once again showed a clear year-on-year increase. Orders taken for the California 6.1 were, for example, 34,5 % up on last year’s level.

The Caddy California is the successor to the company’s micro camper (available since way back in 2005), the Caddy Tramper / later the Caddy Beach. It comes ‘ex-works’ with camping fixtures and compact dimensions (length 4.5 m or as the Maxi 4.85 m). Yet, thanks to disk springs under the comfortable mattress, the ‘Tiddler’ provides the same sleeping comfort as the ‘big’ California. With its optional panoramic glass roof it also offers a unique opportunity: gazing up at the stars from your bed!

As well as being compact, the Caddy California is also very flexible: if the bed is not needed, it can easily be taken out, thus turning the camper into a van. Available as an option, a pull-out mini kitchen can even be added in the back of the vehicle, at which you can conjure up ‘one- pot’ meals under the cover of the tailgate. The vehicle impresses with many clever ideas for perfectly utilising the space it provides and thus naturally also has the appropriate camping furniture on board that is so typical of the California.

Volkswagen campers and vans have been available with all-wheel drive since way back in 1985. This tradition has not changed to this day. All three models – Caddy, T6.1 and Crafter – can, for example, be ordered ex-works with 4Motion all-wheel drive and thus offer even more freedom wherever you choose to go. For the journey is about getting there – and the best place to stop for the night is often off the beaten track.

In order to reduce delivery lead times for the Grand California, the production facility’s capacity has been increased. Some variants can now still be delivered even before the end of the year.

VWCV has since 2004 been making the iconic Bulli-based camper van in a dedicated California production facility in the Limmer district of Hannover. To date over 154,000 California vehicles have left the production hall and are in use all over the world.

Since the introduction of the VW California based on the T3 (1988), over 217,000 California campers have thus already been produced based on the van.

The new California on Tour app is the ideal digital companion for any camping road trip. Using the app, you can quickly and easily find a suitable camp site and pitch or a filling station along your planned route. With the aid of a clearly laid- out category search feature, the app provides important information on the next stops of your journey.

The app also provides lots of technical information on all aspects of the California and access to the vehicle’s digital user manual. Users are in this way able to call up the information they want in a quick and uncomplicated manner. Travelling with the California thus becomes even more relaxed.

With ‘Hotel VW California’, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VWCV) and hinterland camp GmbH are enabling owners of California and other VW camper vans to overnight on an exclusive basis on unique pitches in the hinterland. For anyone who does not yet own a California it is still possible to win a road trip with one of three VW campers and to take part in the promotion. Over the course of the year, the ‘once in a lifetime’ spots will be really spectacular.

You can find more details about Hotel VW California here: https://www.hinterland.camp/hotel-vw-california

Among the 400-strong VWCV dealer network in Germany there have been 85 specialist partners since the start of this year. At the California Professional Partners (CPP) a special emphasis is placed on sales and service for the whole California family. At their showrooms you are thus ideally able to view and test drive all California derivatives.

The CPPs can be found using the filter function of the dealer search feature on the VWCV website: Händlersuche | Volkswagen Nutzfahrzeuge (volkswagen-nutzfahrzeuge.de)