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Volkswagen has detailed new connectivity updates to its 2017 model-year commercial van and people mover ranges, while drive-away ‘Runner’ editions of the Crafter and Transporter models continue to be offered.

Updates for the new model year include an electric tailgate fitted as standard for Multivan Highline and Executive variants, an updated infotainment system with App Connect and iPhone interface along with new exterior colours for the Caddy van. All models also get Climatronic air-conditioning with an anti-allergen filter.

Entry pricing for the Multivan range holds steady at $49,990 plus on-road costs, while the $78,990 and $82,490 points for the Highline TDI450 and Highline TDI450 4Motion models marks a $2500 increase.

In the Transporter range, the budget-friendly $32,990 drive-away Runner variant soldiers on as the entry point, followed by the regular base-level TDI340 SWB (short wheelbase) at $37,990 plus on-road costs – up $1000.

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The Runner name appears again in the big Crafter range, priced at $39,990 drive-away in Crafter 35 TDI300 MWB (medium wheelbase) form, $2000 less than before.

Other drive-away deals, albeit without the Runner title, include the $34,990 Caddy Maxi Trendline TSI220 DSG, and the manual-equipped dual-cab Amarok TDI400 4Motion at $38,990. Pricing for both lines remains otherwise unchanged.

Recent times have seen Volkswagen logging record year-to-date sales in Australia. Last month, 292 Transporters (commercial van and Multivan) were sold, beating the model’s previous monthly record of 210 units. The brand’s entire commercial range has achieved a record year-to-date sales figure of 8502 vehicles, eclipsing the previous record of 8272.

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The 2017 Caddy Van range starts at $28,190 plus on-road costs for the Maxi TSI220 manual variant, while the 2017 Caddy people mover can be had from $32,490 plus ORCs for the DSG-equipped Trendline TSI220.

The 2017 Transporter van kicks off at $37,990 plus ORCs for the TDI340 short-wheelbase manual, and its people-friendly 2017 Multivan sibling starts at the special price of $49,990 drive-away for the Comfortline TDI340 equipped with the seven-speed DSG.

Finally, the sole Caravelle TDI340 long-wheelbase DSG people mover is available from $50,990 plus on-road costs.

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