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21st March, 2010

  • New common rail TDI engines significantly reduce consumption and emissions
  • The new front section follows the stylistically sharpened Volkswagen design
  • DNA New infotainment and assistance systems optimise comfort and safety
  • New ESP generation incorporates hill start as standard

Volkswagen's new editions of the Transporter, Caravelle and Multivan are now available in Australia. Often referred to as T5, the range is even more frugal, clean and cultivated in the latest generation, and offers greater active driving enjoyment than ever before. Once again, the Transporter models from the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brand are adopting the position of technological leadership in their particular segments.

Updated design

Optically, the three basic versions are now following the new Volkswagen design DNA. The front section of the series bears witness to this even more obvious statement of virtues. Clear, horizontal lines make the series look even better in terms of quality and make a timeless impression.

New, extremely frugal generation of TDI engines

The driveline technology has taken a quantum leap. Background: all turbodiesels (TDI) have been replaced by a completely new generation of Euro 5 engines with the latest common rail injection. In total, there are three new 2.0 litre TDI four-cylinder engines with outputs of 75 kW, 103 kW and 132 kW. Across the board, they offer significantly greater dynamic torque characteristics and improved acoustics.

The new high-end TDI develops a remarkable maximum torque of 400 Newton metres. Thanks to a newly developed pump, the power-assisted steering works more efficiently. This is because unlike the so-called constant pump of conventional design, the new energy-saving pump delivers hydraulic fluid according to demand, so the quantity delivered is always optimal for aiding steering. And this reduces the power consumption of the steering pump and, consequently, fuel consumption.

High-tech campaign

The new generation of this popular van offers numerous technological highlights. Take the gearbox, for example: instead of the previous option of an automatic gearbox, the Volkswagen Transporter will now be available with the option of a significantly more efficient dual clutch gearbox (DSG). And take the traction distribution: on request, it is possible to order a new, electronically controlled four-wheel drive system (4MOTION with a fourth generation Haldex clutch) that achieves a further improvement in active safety and makes sure that the Transporter derivatives can keep going off-road when necessary. The most powerful 4MOTION version (TDI with 132 kW) will also be available with DSG for the first time.

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On the move with uncompromising safety

Furthermore, the safety features have been perfected further by having the latest generation ESP fitted as standard (including hill start), a new hazard flash function for the brake lights (emergency braking warning display), optional assistance systems such as Side Assist (warning of vehicles in the blind spot).

Also, a completely newly developed Servotronic system ensures significantly improved steering precision and is a standard feature of the Multivan Highline.

Comfort at the highest standard in the class

What is more, the interior now awaits with new, higher quality instruments and steering wheels, a new generation of radio navigation system, fresh fabrics and seats with an even better ergonomic balance.


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