• Apr 26th 2006 at 11:01AM
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Volkswagen formally rolled out its new Crafter van to crowds at the Commercial Vehicles show in Britain on Monday.

The top rung of VW's commercial range replaces the LT, a long-running model that only saw two generations over the course of 31 years. The Crafter successor seen here goes on sale in Blighty this September, and will be offered with a range of four and five cylinder engines, along with a full range of body configurations, including three different wheelbases, four compartment sizes and three roof heights. Not enough? The Crafter will be available as a panel van, double cab van and a chassis cab.  A six speed manual will be standard-fit, but an 'automated manual transmission' (read: DSG/S-Tronic) will also be available. The smaller Volkswagen Caddy was launched with the slick transmission last year, which suggests that it's more durable and versatile than car enthusiasts might've been led to believe.

Interestingly, Volkswagen is also releasing a Sportline model, complete with revised facia, Eibach springs, 18" Borbet wheels, and options like a "Golf GTI style leather interior" and iPod adapter. The model is pitched as a novel alternative to Gen-X 'extreme sports' types who need room for lifestyle accessories (lots of 'em, apparently).

The German automaker has been increasing its UK commercial presence nicely, with six years of consecutive growth and a record 23,065 registrations notched for 2005.

Check out the link for full press release and specs.

[Sources: Easier.com; Volkswagen]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      I think a Sprinter and a Caddy had a love child that was adopted by VW.
      • 9 Years Ago
      VW s*. It would s* even more if it wasn't for Audi.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I love utility of tall vans. I'd love to get a Sprinter cargo van one day to haul my motorcycle and gear around in, or perhaps to tow the car to the race track.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Ack! My eyes, my eyes, poke them out!!!!
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like a sprinter, will it rust and break down like a sprinter? Would make a great work van if it was 4 wheel drive. My sprinter is a great van to work out of but just make sure you don't need to get into a job site, you'll need to carry your tools .
      • 9 Years Ago
      Looks like the new Sprinter with a different grill. It is not as good looking as the Sprinter on sale now. Oh well.
      • 9 Years Ago
      "I love utility of tall vans. I'd love to get a Sprinter cargo van one day to haul my motorcycle and gear around in, or perhaps to tow the car to the race track."

      I hear ya David! Something like this is ideal to do some travelling with a motorcycle and a mtn bike to see the country with. A cooler, some food, water and a cot and the living is large!

      For fun I priced out a new Sprinter online and ka-ching! $50k CDN!!! For a box!!!
      • 9 Years Ago
      • 9 Years Ago
      No. This a) isn't a minivan, which is what DaimlerChrysler will be involved with and b) isn't in North America, where the DaimlerChrysler-Volkswagen lovechild will live.

      This is made by dcx sprinter.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Actually, Adam, yes, this is made by DCX. Just like the current generation Volkswagen LT, this is a rebodied Sprinter, but with Volkswagen powertrains.
      • 9 Years Ago
      ford called and they want the fusion's front end backend...
      • 9 Years Ago
      Ahh, but will they make a camper version?
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