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27-11-2009, 17:01
Full specification and pricing details for the new Volkswagen http://www.volkswagen-vans.co.uk/california/ and the seven-seater Caravelle (http://www.volkswagen-vans.co.uk/caravelle/) people carrier are now available ahead of their arrival in the UK in the New Year. Orders are being taken at Volkswagen Van Centres (http://www.volkswagen-vans.co.uk/van-centres/search-for-local-van-centre/) now for the first customer deliveries which are expected in February.

The new models are distinguished by new-look frontal styling in line with the Polo and Golf, and are available with many of the latest luxuries seen in Volkswagen’s passenger cars, such as a three-spoke multifunction steering wheel, an optical parking system (in conjunction with parking sensors) and the latest touchscreen navigation systems including a 30GB hard drive to store navigation and music.

Standard specifications have been enhanced for all models with added safety features and interior refinements such as improved front seats, new instruments, including a gear change indicator, and more intuitive controls, plus new radio/CD units. New options available include DAB digital radio reception, the latest touchscreen navigation, ‘rear assist’ reversing camera and a new range of alloy wheels. As before, the ‘sleep pack’ for the Caravelle includes curtains plus a bed extension and cover to make it suitable for camping.

Important new standard safety and convenience features include a passenger airbag deactivation switch, seatbelt reminder, daylight running function for the main headlights, front foglights with new cornering function for improved visibility while turning, emergency braking lights which flash under heavy braking, hill hold control and Volkswagen’s latest generation ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme) with Rain Brake Support. New optional safety features are a tyre monitoring indicator to indicate when a tyre loses pressure, and ‘lane change assist’ to alert the driver to traffic in the vehicle’s blindspot.

Both models have four-cylinder, 2.0-litre common rail diesel engines available with a choice of 140 PS TDI or twin-turbo 180 PS BiTDI. Both engines deliver more power and torque than the five-cylinder engines they replace – 340 Nm and 400 Nm from 1,750 rpm and 1,500 rpm respectively – plus lower running costs thanks to longer service intervals and improved fuel consumption. They also benefit from a reduction in perceived noise levels by the equivalent of up to 50 per cent, plus lower emissions to Euro5 standards.

The new seven-speed DSG transmission is available with both engines in the Caravelle, and the higher output unit for the California. DSG will also be available with 4MOTION all-wheel drive later in 2010.

Prices for the new California SE range start from £39,950 (including VAT and ‘on the road’ costs). The new Caravelle is available in two trim levels, SE in short and long wheelbase models from £31,400 and £32,400 respectively (on the road), and the range-topping Executive (short wheelbase only) from £34,100 (on the road). The entry-level Startline model will be reintroduced at a later date. Full details of the new models, and Volkswagen Van Centre locations, are available from www.volkswagen-vans.co.uk or by calling 0800 717131.