The first Volkswagen Transporter rolled off the production line over 70 years ago, it has since gone on to become more than an icon; it’s helped to build the world. The Transporter is the best-selling van in history, and has sold over 12,000,000 units worldwide. It’s even outsold the legend that is the Golf, a regular car with a larger market (which also happens to be one of the best-selling cars of all time).
The Volkswagen Transporter isn’t just another commercial vehicle.
Volkswagen are currently developing a whole range of new vehicles, all sustainable and very green, including an all-electric T6; the new, all-electric ID.3 car will be in showrooms shortly, and then there’s the ID. Buzz, ID. Vizzion and the ID. Crozz – all a keen insight into the future of Volkswagen, and what they’re looking to achieve with their electrification programme. We’ve seen huge changes in the all-electric market, and that’s before Volkswagen took up the gauntlet. Just imagine where we go next.
However, while Volkswagen are keen to show off their engineering ability with electric vehicles, they still need to compete in the current market, and that’s where they excel: offering quality products that just work exactly as you’d want them to, all while being reliable, offering excellent value for money, and high residuals. Choosing a Volkswagen always makes sense.
Of course it isn’t just about regular cars, Volkswagen’s range of commercials is growing, both in terms of reputation and line-up, and it’s the latest T6.1 that’s really showing the competition how commercials should be done. When it comes to commercials, only Ford come close … TRANS …
When you look a little deeper, it’s easy to see why the Transporter is so popular – a payload capacity of 713 – 1309Kg, load volume of 5.8 – 9.3m, load length of between 2,572 – 2,975mm and a width of 1,700mm. Is it any surprise that it won the Best Medium Van at the What Van? Awards 2020?
But functional space doesn’t tell the whole story either.
Volkswagen have given serious thought to what the van will be used for, and how they can make it a better fit. Simple things such as the built-in 230v power socket, windowless bulkhead with 8 lashing rings, and the availability of standard, medium or high roof.
Depending on the exact spec, the T6.1 comes with a vast array of useful technology also (note the term ‘useful’): Crosswind Assist to help keep you on course in windy conditions, lane-keeping assist, auto parking, wireless Apple CarPlay interface (even most cars are wired), voice control system (that works), forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, up to 9.2 inches of touchscreen with the brand-new MIB3 infotainment system (with built-in SIM card for easier mobile internet) and so much more.
Want more? How about a 10 inch digital cockpit screen, DAB radio, cruise-control and App-Connect? The engineers at VW have really thought about what makes a good van, and what makes a great van.
Aside from the all-electric version that should hopefully hit our shores soon (which will be available in two versions – one that concentrates on giving maximum range, while other offers maximum load lugging), the T6.1 has numerous choices for powertrain.
There are four different power levels from the diesel setup (absolutely EURO6 compliant): 90, 110, 150 & 199 horsepower, and if you choose the 150hp variant you can have the option for the DSG automatic gearbox (and the 4Motion four-wheel drive), but the 199hp version has the DSG auto ‘box as standard, and again, you can take the option for the 4Motion system.
It seems that Volkswagen have made a near-perfect commercial vehicle (perhaps that’s why it has been in production since 1950), and if you’re feeling that the competition just doesn’t match up, why not come and see it for yourself?
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