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by Matt Brogan

Volkswagen has today released the first details on its new Transporter range of vans, kombi, chassis cabs and window vans, revealing a new refined exterior design plus significant advances in comfort, safety and refinement.

Lower running costs are also guaranteed thanks to a new range of common rail TDI (turbo-diesel) engines offering lower emissions and improved economy by an average of 10 per cent across the range.

The current generation Transporter, which has been on sale since 2003, has sold over one million units worldwide and a staggering 10 million units since the range was first launched in March 1950.

A new exterior, sharing Tiguan and Golf styling cues, sports more aerodynamic door mirrors, revised front grille and new headlamps.

Under the bonnet Transporter vans will be available with a range of 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, common-rail TDI engines, with power outputs ranging from 61kW/220Nm through to 132kW/400Nm.

Volkswagen says all engines in the range are also quieter, more economical, and more efficient with lower emissions that now comply with the latest Euro Five standards.  To further aid fuel economy, there is also a gear recommendation display.

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Internal changes see a new three-spoke steering wheel, stylish new instrument lay out as well as the latest RNS series audio and satellite navigation units.

Options include Volkswagen’s new seven-speed DSG gearbox (available late 2010 on 4MOTION models); lane change assist; reversing camera; and tyre pressure monitoring.

Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with hill start assist and an emergency braking system, which automatically puts on the hazard warning lights, will all be standard across the range.

Prices and specifications of the new Transporter range will be released closer to launch.

Transporter goes on sale in the northern hemisphere in January 2010. Australian sales will commence soon after.




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