New Volkswagen Crafter van on the way

The VW Crafter van shown by the RipTide Movement band.

The VW Crafter van shown by the RipTide Movement band.

The first sketches of the new Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles' Crafter, which is due to be launched this autumn, were revealed last week.

Clearly displaying Volkswagen’s design DNA and conceived as the ‘big brother’ of the Transporter series, VCV claims the new Crafter promises innovation, plus a high level of functionality and quality.

The new Crafter is a completely new vehicle. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles says its experts have worked closely with current customers, frequently accompanying them during their daily routines to explore their needs and find out their visions of what they wanted from the new Crafter.

This is now reflected in both the function and design: the approach, according to Albert-Johann Kirzinger, head of design at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, was thoroughly analytical: "In the commercial vehicle sector especially, design has got to work for lots of different customer groups."

At 0.33, Volkswagen claims the new Crafter has a best in class drag coefficient, and inside it combines great everyday practicality with optimum cargo space. The new design language shown on the Crafter will continue across all new commercial vehicle derivatives and models.

Kirzinger adds: “Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles' T-series, the 'Bulli', is effectively being given a 'big brother' through the introduction of the new Crafter. With the Crafter, a level of surface quality, robustness and at the same time high qualitative value are achieved that have never before been available in this commercial vehicle class.”

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