VW California T6 – Video

Video showing the three new variants of the new Volkswagen T6 California. While the UK right hand drive is only available in the Beach and Ocean models, this latest incarnation of the Volkswagen classic promises to be every bit as exciting as the original. You can find the UK specifications of these fantastic campervans by visiting the following link:

T6 California UK – Specifications Data Sheet

The VW T6 Transporter Has Arrived!

Finally, after months of speculation, we can now reveal the face of the next generation Volkswagen Transporter.

TheVWCalifornia.com, in association with CamperVanTastic, were fortunate enough to receive an exclusive invitation to the launch party, held at the home of Dutch importer Ben Pon, who laid the foundation stone with the first sketches for this iconic van, April 23, 1947.

In a word – Awesome!

The new Volkswagen T6 will come packed with many new features, and whilst not as strikingly different as some might expect, this already proven chassis will also offer ingenious new safety enhancements, new driver assistance systems and redesigned styling, resulting in the NEW T6 punching well above its class.

Furthermore VW are offering some striking two colour options for that stand out and retro look! Take a peek at pictures from this exclusive launch event below…

Options and details at a glance

  • Sharper, more focused and distinctive design, with strong pronounced lines to both front and rear of van, new 16,17 and 18 inch alloy wheels and new LED headlights, taillights and number plate lighting.
  • Added comfort and convenience options including new MQB steering wheel, electric elevating tailgate, 12 way electrically adjustable seating with memory, interior footwell lighting and heated front windscreen.
  • Cruise control with an adaptive chassis control system dubbed “Dynamic Cruise Control” (DCC) that allows the driver to select from three driving modes: Comfort, Normal and Sport.
  • Radar operated “Front Assist”. The new Volkswagen T6 also offers an optional safety feature called “City Emergency Braking” that can detect obstacles and apply the brakes in an emergency.  In order to minimise the risk related to this scenario, the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System is provided as standard in the Transporter.
  • Light Assist option – Camera-controlled switching on and off of the main beam makes driving easier and safer.
  • New Parking Camera that activates automatically when reverse gear is selected.
  • A “Driver Alert System” is also available as an option. It recognises any deviations from normal driving behaviour and recommends the driver takes a break when this appears to be necessary. During the journey the optionally available electronic voice enhancer helps drivers to keep their eyes focussed on what is happening on the road. Without any turning of the head, the driver’s voice and that of the person they are talking to is automatically amplified over the radio system’s loudspeakers
  • A new “Infotainment Screen” features proximity sensors that can detect when the driver or front passenger waves their hand close to a touch screen and automatically switch from display to input mode. The same sensors will allow the driver to use swiping motions to scroll through a menu or browse their media library.
  • To celebrate the Volkswagen Transporter’s 65 year history, a special “Generation Six” Multivan model will also be offered at launch in Europe that will feature classic two-tone paint options, Alcantara upholstery, chrome trim, LED headlights and 18-inch alloy wheels.

UK T6 Engine Specifications

UK T6 models will include a completely new generation of Volkswagen’s 2.0 litre TDi engine with improved fuel economy, ruggedness and longevity.


  • 2.0-litre TDI 62kW / 84PS (5-speed gearbox)
  • 2.0-litre TDI 75kW / 102PS (5-speed gearbox)
  • 2.0-litre TDI 103kW / 140PS (6-speed man / 7-speed DSG)
  • 2.0-litre TDI 132kW / 180PS (6-speed man / 7-speed DSG)


  • 2.0-litre TDI 62kW / 84PS (5-speed gearbox)
  • 2.0-litre TDI 75kW / 102PS (5-speed gearbox)
  • 2.0-litre TDI 110kW / 150PS (6-speed man / 7-speed DSG)
  • 2.0-litre TDI 150kW / 204PS (6-speed man / 7-speed DSG)
  • For the European Mainland, 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol TSi engine with 110kW and 150kW will also be available.
  • All UK EU5 and EU6 engines will feature BlueMotion Technology as standard.
  • Panel Van / kombi – all four EU5 and the EU6 102PS engines will be available from launch.
  • Shuttle / Caravelle / California – all four EU6 engines will be available at launch.

The Volkswagen T6 California is expected to be available for purchase or hire later this year – please bookmark this website and check back for updates soon!



Time for the T6?

The end of the T5? The new VW California T6 & Euro 6 Compliant TDi Engine

We have received a lot of messages for info about the forthcoming T6, so in the absence of any official release from VW we thought we’d share with you what we have gleaned so far – from the latest rumours and from the folks in the know.

In short the new T6 will be about “evolution, not revolution”  and so many things will remain the same for this tried and tested chassis. The base vehicle and chassis is expected to be the same as current Transporter T5, but the T6 will come with a large number of modifications the most striking of which will be a facelift.

The body will benefit from entirely new front with improved wind resistance, new lights and bumpers and side windows to the rear.

The interior is expected to benefit from a completely new dashboard, upgraded and more comfortable seats and of course the very latest options for on-board infotainment.

The biggest change will come in the new Euro 6 compliant engine which all manufacturers have to introduce in to their diesel derivatives by September 2015, offering improvements to fuel efficiency and environmental emissions.

However there is suggestion that manufactures may be given a grace period to January 2016 to comply with Euro 6 legislation. For us Cali buyers we can expect increased power up to 230ps and improved fuel efficiency by some 15%.

But the biggest change will be addition of Blue, an additive that has to be topped up at the fuel station, when required. This will consist of an on-board 15 litre tank that once filled up will be good for approximately 8,000 miles before needing topping up again. So what happens if you run out of blue, well the engine management system will reduce the power and you’ll be put in limp mode until you get to a fuel station and get topped up.

Many stations are now advertising Blue in the forecourts so don’t panic everyone’s in the same boat. The addition of Blue is nothing new and was first brought out in the earlier VW Crafter engines and HGV/haulage companies also use it. The purpose of this additive is to improve air quality by reducing the harmful diesel emissions.

See here on VWCV’s website for details: https://www.volkswagen-vans.co.uk/about-us/brand-news/2009/200905-latest-blue-crafter-vans-demonstrate-green-credentials

As for the price, we still have no details but you can bet it’s going to cost more and as such residual values on older models will remain buoyant as demand increases during the changeover. So what might we expect next? Well there should be an initial launch in the Spring 2015; dealers have been told to prepare for a June event which could mean an unveiling.

However it is anticipated that the first VW California campers will not be available until September 2015 and if that’s the case then for the UK it’s more likely to be early 2016.

The excitement is palpable as dealers and buyers ready themselves to secure orders of the current model before the changeover. So if your want a Cali for Summer then best get your order in now as an announcement has already gone out to secure orders by the 27th February 2015 to ensure supply in time for the season.

It will make for an interesting six months in the height of the buying season as dealers get to grips with supply and demand! Current production times for a California have recently increased to 19 weeks. To search for your nearest VW California specialist dealer check out the dealer map here  and don’t forget to read our new online buyers guide.

So that’s about all we’ve heard other than a completely new Volkswagen Transporter T7 isn’t anticipated until 2020. So our advice is grab a Cali now while you can as the T6 is still some way off the forecourts.

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