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Volkswagen Crafter Claims What Van? 'Van Of The Year' Award


24th November, 2006


VW Crafter

Ahead of its Australian release in a few months, the Volkswagen Crafter, has claimed the top award at the prestigious What Van? Van of the Year Awards in England. The Crafter also won the Large Panel Van award, while the Caddy with DSG gearbox clinched the Technology award.

A strong engine line-up, a major emphasis on safety, a huge range and standard six-speed manual gearbox all contributed to the judges’ decision. In summing up, they said: ‘The Crafter represents the pinnacle of current large panel van design and drivetrain implementation.’

The largest van in the Volkswagen range, the Crafter is designed and built to meet the ever-increasing demands of a modern load carrier.  It comes with a choice of four five-cylinder engines, delivering 88, 109, 136 or 163 PS, all offering fuel efficiency and low emissions. A six-speed manual gearbox is fitted as standard, although an automated manual transmission is optional.

Inside, the Crafter’s spacious cabin is ergonomically designed for comfortable and safe driving. Features include a dash-mounted gear lever, excellent storage space. A driver’s airbag is fitted as standard.  Three wheelbases, four load compartment lengths and three roof heights boost the Crafter panel van’s versatility. The Crafter range is further enhanced by the availability of a window van (mid 2007 in Europe), chassis cab and double cab. The Crafter has a maximum load capacity of 17 cubic metres and the five tonne MWB panel van can carry a weight of approximately 2,630 kg.

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles also claimed the Technology award for its revolutionary double clutch DSG gearbox which is available as an option on the Caddy van. The judges commented: ‘For several years manufacturers have been searching for an alternative to the conventional manual gearbox in a bid to make the lives of drivers on stop-start delivery work in city centres a bit easier. Some manufacturers have offered conventional automatic boxes as an option. Some have offered automated manual transmissions. But none of them have come up with a 'box that is as technically elegant – or as enjoyable to use – as Volkswagen's six-speed DSG; the winner of What Van?'s Technology Award for 2006.’

Commenting on the company’s successes, Ralf Schueler, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ Head of Marketing (in the UK) said: ‘We’re delighted that our products have been recognised by What Van? in these awards. We strive to offer our customers the best products to enable them to run their businesses successfully. At the same time, we continue to offer them the very highest standards of customer service to keep them on the road.’

This news comes in the week that Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles broke the 24,000 unit barrier, surpassing last year’s total sales in just ten and a half months and setting a sixth consecutive record for the brand.

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