Volkswagen says almost all buyers were paying for the (formerly $2680) option on base Multivan Comfortline versions in both wheelbases already, and that putting the features on all cars from the factory would shorten delivery times.
The running change comes four months after a range of MY17 updates were launched in August this year, details of which you can find here.
“Electric sliding doors standard across the range is something you won’t get in the Mercedes-Benz Valente, Kia Carnival or Hyundai iMax,” Volkswagen Australia Commercial Vehicles director Carlos Santos said.
“Our buyers redefined the price point. They all wanted electric sliding doors, were queueing up to pay the optional cost, but they didn’t like having to wait for their order. We’ve removed that imposition… the waiting period for Multivan is drastically reduced.”
However, the price of the entry Multivan Comfortline models has climbed by $3000 to $52,990 (short-wheelbase TDI340 DSG) and $57,990 (long-wheelbase TDI340 DSG) before on-road costs.
As such, the entry Mutivan Comfortline now costs $500 more than the second-from-top Kia Carnival SLi diesel, though it undercuts the base Mercedes-Benz Valente 2.1 by about $5000.
Volkswagen Multivan sales are up an impressive 25 per cent this year to 875, down largely to the launch of the new-generation car in December 2015. The base, fleet-focused Caravelle spin-off has a further 120 units.
This growth is five-times the segment average, while Volkswagen’s market share of 7.9 per cent is fourth behind the Carnival Honda Odyssey and iMax. The German brand’s offering has outsold the venerable Toyota Tarago.
2016 Volkswagen Multivan pricing (before on-road costs):
Multivan SWB Comfortline TDI340 7 Spd DSG $52,990
Multivan LWB Comfortline TDI340 7 Spd DSG $57,990
Multivan Highline TDI450 7 Spd DSG $79,890
Multivan Highline TDI450 7 Spd DSG 4Motion $83,390
Multivan LWB Executive TDI450 7 Spd DSG $83,390