No Place Like Home – The Hanover Road Trip!

No Place Like Home – The Hanover Road Trip!

Back in 2014 a group of VW California owners got together for a camping trip to Hanover and a tour of the two factories where the campervans are made.

Hanover Factory TourYou can see the photos by clicking here – but better still, we’re planning on doing it again in 2016. So, if you’re a Cali owner who’s up for an adventure please drop us a line via our contact form and we’ll add you to our guest list.

The story of our road trip was covered by VWT Magazine and appeared in Issue 21 – there is a brief extract below, but you can read the full article by following the links at the bottom.

 

 

 

Words and photos © James Wallace/ VWT Magazine

VWT Magazine“The next day was the big one, and an early rise saw everyone poised and ready for the main event – the VW factory tour.

Pietro from VW CV UK had been in collaboration with the Hanover press office for months, and had worked tirelessly to grant us access inside the hallowed grounds of the Transporter factory.

“Unfortunately, we weren’t allowed to get really up close and personal with our cameras (we’d imagine to prevent us showing any rivals how and why the T5s are so well screwed together), but it was still a unique opportunity to witness the magic that happens within the walls where the T5, Caddy, Amarok and Porsche Panamera are slotted together.

“Upon meeting Pietro, just outside the factory gate, we were ushered inside and given radio headsets, told the ground rules (any sneaky photos and your camera will end up as part of a T5 in the parts press!) and introduced to our guide for the visit – long-term VW employee, Hanover resident and former Yorkshireman, Terry Forgarty.

“He explained how, in 1956, Transporter production was moved from Wolfsburg to Hanover, following the unprecedented success of Ben Pon’s initial sketches for a Beetle-based Van.”

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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.

EURO 5

  • 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)

EURO 6

  • 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!

 

 

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