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Volkswagen Grand California: Bigger camper launched in Europe

Volkswagen has taken the California and made it a bit larger again, with the launch of the Grand California ahead of the Dusseldorf Caravan Salon in Germany. Unlike the regular California, which is built around the Transporter, the Grand California is based on the larger Crafter...

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2018 Volkswagen Crafter review
Rating: 8.110 /10
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2018 Volkswagen Crafter review

Volkswagen Australia wants this new-generation Crafter to triple its predecessor's sales. With a vastly wider range of variants available, now developed entirely in-house, this seems achievable.

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$48,490 - $71,490

Volkswagen Caddy Beach camper coming Down Under for $44,990
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Volkswagen Caddy Beach camper coming Down Under for $44,990

Want a cheap camper van that can be driven out of the dealer? Volkswagen Australia reckons it has you covered. The company has announced the special edition Caddy Beach will be available from the fourth quarter of this year, priced at $44,990 before on-road costs. This spiritual little sibling to the Trakkadu is based on the $39,000 Caddy Maxi Trendline derivative, with its 92kW/220Nm turbo-petrol engine and DSG transmission...


Renault Australia: Trafic auto still 12 to 18 months away
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Renault Australia: Trafic auto still 12 to 18 months away

There's something holding the Renault Trafic back in Australia. No matter how sharply it's marketed, or how well it's priced, buyers want automatics, and the French brand doesn't offer one Down Under. Even tradies are avoiding three-pedal cars like the proverbial locally. Manual vans make up just 30 per cent of the market in which the Trafic competes, making its nine per cent segment share impressive...


2017 Mercedes-Benz V-Class recalled
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2017 Mercedes-Benz V-Class recalled

Mercedes-Benz has recalled the 2017 V-Class, over concerns about the front-seat wiring loom fasteners. According to the company, the swivelling function on the front seats could make the wiring loom come loose. If the loom comes loose, it could make the side airbags randomly activate...


2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter recalled
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2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter recalled

Mercedes-Benz Australia has recalled select Sprinters built in October and November 2017, over concerns some spot welds may not have been applied. According to the company, some spot welds on the front-side wall linking the door frame with their hinge reinforcements mightn't have been applied, on either the driver or passenger side of the car...


Renault Kangoo ZE: Electric van priced from $52,527 for private buyers
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Renault Kangoo ZE: Electric van priced from $52,527 for private buyers

Renault Australia has will start selling the Kangoo ZE all-electric van to private buyers, offering it alongside the Zoe city car at a handful of specially-trained dealers. Previously reserved for fleet buyers, the electric load-lugger will be priced from $52,527 drive-away. Power comes from a 33kWh lithium-ion battery pack hooked up to a synchronous electric motor making 44kW and and 226Nm of torque...


Volkswagen California XXL teased
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Volkswagen California XXL teased

Volkswagen has released a trio of teaser sketches for its new California XXL motorhome, scheduled to debut at the 2018 Caravan Salon in Düsseldorf next month. Essentially a production version of the California XXL motorhome concept shown at last year's Caravan Salon, the new camper van is based on the Crafter commercial van, and will sit atop the T6 Transporter-based California in the company's line-up...


2019 Citroen Berlingo revealed, Peugeot Partner too
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2019 Citroen Berlingo revealed, Peugeot Partner too

The all-new Citroen Berlingo has been revealed alongside its Peugeot Partner twin bringing a host of upgrades including new driver assistance systems and powertrains...


2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter review: Quick drive
Rating: 8.310 /10
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2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter review: Quick drive

The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has long been one of the go-to large vans in markets all over the globe. This new one sets benchmarks in a number of areas including cabin tech, while sticking with the familiar in others. The days of rough-and-ready work boxes are ending, if this is any guide...

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$59,580

Mercedes-Benz Vans wins back Australia Post contract
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Mercedes-Benz Vans wins back Australia Post contract

Mercedes-Benz Vans fleet department has been delivered a major win, with Australia Post giving it back the lucrative commercial vehicle contract currently held by Renault. The postal service will add 1300 Mercedes Vito and Sprinter vans to its fleet over what is understood to be a three-year agreement...


Ford and Volkswagen exploring 'strategic alliance'
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Ford and Volkswagen exploring 'strategic alliance'

Volkswagen AG and Ford Motor Company have signed a memorandum of understanding ahead of a possible 'strategic alliance', which could see the two automotive giants team up to develop commercial vehicles. The pairing wouldn't involve any equity sharing or "cross-ownership stakes", ruling out the possibility of a massive automotive alliance in a similar vein to Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi or Peugeot Citroen (PSA)...


Ford testing 'autonomous' food delivery in Miami
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Ford testing 'autonomous' food delivery in Miami

Ford has teamed up with Postmates to test a self-driving food truck in Miami, in an attempt to better understand how people interact with unmanned delivery vehicles. When we say unmanned, we mean vehicles that appear unmanned. Ford is already running a number of trials with autonomous cars, but this is aimed at better understanding how people actually deal with the car once it's arrived with their food...


Mercedes-Benz recalls 774,000 European vehicles for emissions defeat devices
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Mercedes-Benz recalls 774,000 European vehicles for emissions defeat devices

Daimler AG, parent of Mercedes-Benz has been forced to recall around 774,000 vehicles across its C-Class, GLC and Vito model lines in Europe, after being accused by German authorities of fitting emissions defeat devices in certain diesel models...


Nissan NV300, e-NV200 campers unveiled for Spain
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Nissan NV300, e-NV200 campers unveiled for Spain

Nissan has unveiled a pair of self-contained campers at the Madrid motor show, packing two-tone paint jobs and pop-tops in a (suspiciously) similar vein to the Volkswagen California camper. The smaller of the two vans, the e-NV200, is designed to comfortably sleep four people on a weekend away...


2018.5 Ford Transit Custom pricing and specs
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2018.5 Ford Transit Custom pricing and specs

Local pricing and specifications for the 2018.5 Ford Transit Custom range have been revealed this week, with the updated van available now from $40,990 before on-road costs. Key visual changes include a refreshed exterior with new bonnet, headlights, daytime-running lights, grille and front bumper, along with the redesigned cabin...


Mercedes-Benz accused of emissions cheating on C-Class, Vito – UPDATE
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Mercedes-Benz accused of emissions cheating on C-Class, Vito – UPDATE

UPDATE: Daimler's statement in response to the recall order affecting 1.6-litre diesel variants of the Vito van, has been added to this article. Daimler, parent company of Mercedes-Benz, could be facing an investigation from German authorities due to suspected use of emissions-cheating software in its diesel engines...


Apple, Volkswagen collaborating on autonomous Transporter - report
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Apple, Volkswagen collaborating on autonomous Transporter - report

Apple is reportedly working with Volkswagen to design and build a self-driving electric van to transport its employees between its Silicon Valley campuses. According to The New York Times, the self-driving car will be based on the chassis of the Volkswagen Transporter. Apple is working with Italdesign, a Volkswagen subsidiary, to design the vehicle...


2018 Renault Trafic Formula Edition returns from $41,990
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2018 Renault Trafic Formula Edition returns from $41,990

Renault is no stranger to Formula 1-themed special editions, but the motorsport magic is usually sprinkled over hot hatches. This time, the company has applied it to the Trafic van, creating the limited-edition Trafic Formula Edition. Just 125 examples will be offered, priced from $41,990 before on-road costs in short-wheelbase guise, or $43,490 before on-roads as a long-wheelbase van...


2018 Ford Fiesta Van revealed
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2018 Ford Fiesta Van revealed

As we learned last week, the Ford Fiesta is coming to Australia – but the version you see here definitely won't make the trip. Where we're only getting the hottest ST, the European market will be getting the core range along with this – the Fiesta Van. From the outside, the Fiesta Van looks like a regular two-door model with some body-coloured paint over the rear windows...