Crafter
    • All-new Volkswagen Crafter built at all-new Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles factory in Wrze?nia, Poland
    • Designed and built following extensive customer research to fulfil commercial vehicle operators’ needs
    • Development focused on maximising uptime and reducing total cost of ownership
    • Full range will include front or rear-wheel drive, manual or automatic gearbox, plus 4MOTION four-wheel drive
    • Gross vehicle weights range from 3.0 to 5.5 tonne
    • UK launch at CV Show on 25 April 2017, deliveries from 1 May with phased model introduction

    The all-new Volkswagen Crafter made its press debut in Frankfurt on 8 September 2016, followed quickly by its public debut at the IAA in Hannover, and UK order books opening in January 2017. The vehicle’s UK debut was at the CV Show on 25 April at the NEC in Birmingham, with first customer deliveries from May 2017.

    The new Crafter is produced at a custom-built facility in Wrze?nia in Poland (the first LHD model rolled off the production line on 5 September 2016) which was officially opened at a special ceremony for board members, politicians and media at the end of October 2016.

    Crafted by you, engineered by us

    Not only is the factory custom-built; the van itself was also ‘custom built’, following extensive research with commercial vehicle operators. As such it has the capacity to fulfil the requirements of operators in every field without compromises, and become the true third pillar of the brand after the Transporter and Caddy.

    Maximum flexibility

    The new model offers operators maximum flexibility and the widest model range in the class: up to three different vehicle lengths are available, depending on the model chosen: 5.9 m, 6.84 m or 7.39 m. Panel van variants also come with one of three different roof heights: 2.35 m, 2.59 m or 2.79 m.

    Unlike in the outgoing Crafter, the new model is available with front or rear-wheel drive, manual or eight-speed automatic gearbox, plus 4MOTION four-wheel drive. It has a maximum gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 5.5 tonnes and is available in a wide variety of derivatives. On top of that come open body variants as single or double cab versions with varying lengths and with or without conversions solutions, including dropsides and tippers (ex-factory).

    At launch, manual front-wheel drive panel vans with three engine options will be available, followed by 4MOTION models, rear-wheel drive and automatic versions throughout 2017.

    The new Crafter draws on the design structure and quality of its ‘little brother’, the sixth-generation Transporter: while looking dynamic and contemporary, it offers the greatest possible payload, a cargo volume of up to 18.4 m3 and a maximum cargo space height of 2,196 mm.

    But design is never without function and the appearance of the new Crafter was also driven by the objective to reduce total cost of ownership by realising the value of marginal gains. For example, class-leading aerodynamics (0.33 Cd) reduce drag and help contribute to improved fuel economy.

    New trim levels and equipment

    Three trim levels are on offer – Startline, Trendline and Highline – bringing the Crafter into line with Volkswagen’s Caddy, Transporter and Amarok ranges. The Crafter’s first-in-class electromechanical steering system allows the fitment of the widest array of driver assistance systems in the C/D sector, making it the safest, easiest and most comfortable to drive. Standard features include Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, Cross-Wind Assist and a driver alert system.

    Other systems, standard dependent on trim or optional, include an active lane-keeping system (Lane Assist), a parking assistant (Park Assist) and Trailer Assist, “ACC Follow to Stop” adaptive cruise control system and the Front Assist emergency braking system. All Crafters also have four airbags, ABS and ESP, as well as a touchscreen infotainment system and standard Bluetooth.

    New power

    The new Crafter features EU6 engines based on the Modular Diesel Platform (MDB), which have been reconfigured to match the requirements of commercial vehicle operators. All are 2.0-litre (1,968 cc) common rail diesels from the EA 288 Commercial ‘family’. When installed transversely for front-wheel drive versions, the engine is inclined eight degrees towards the front, leading to more space for driver and payload.

    Four power outputs are available: 102, 122, 140 and 177 PS (122 PS follows in September 2017). The choice of engine depends on which drive system is selected, with customers able to choose between front, rear and all-wheel drive (4MOTION), as well as between a manual and automatic gearbox.

    All engines have a stop/start system and are on average three per cent more fuel-efficient than those in the previous model. Also adding to reduced running costs are service intervals, increased from 25,000 to 30,000 miles: in simple terms, the new van needs one less service every 100,000 miles than the previous model, which saves not only on servicing costs but also on costly downtime.

    Universal floor covering

    New for this model is an optional universal wooden floor, which is equipped with shelving mounts, so existing shelving systems from lease vehicles or previous models can be installed for all common suppliers of customisation solutions. A variety of ex-factory modules are also available, such as a second compressor for refrigeration or fresh produce applications, four variants of a second battery, a second air conditioner and a second heat exchanger for a fuel-operated auxiliary heating system.

    Crafter sales

    In 2016, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles sold 48,400 Crafters worldwide out of a total volume of 480,000 vehicles. In the UK, 8,009 Crafters were sold in 2015, and 7,137 in 2016.

    Awards

    Even before launch the new Crafter had picked up a number of prestigious awards. In September 2016 it succeeded the Transporter to be being named International Van of the Year, as voted for by a panel of commercial vehicle journalists from 24 European countries. It was also named Best New Van and Van of the Year by leading commercial vehicle publication Van Fleet World in February 2017, and picked up the Vans A2Z accolades of Best Large Van and Van of the Year in March 2017.

    Click here to download full press pack.

    • All-new Volkswagen Crafter built at all-new Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles factory in Wrze?nia, Poland
    • Designed and built following extensive customer research to fulfil commercial vehicle operators’ needs
    • Development focused on maximising uptime and reducing total cost of ownership
    • Full range will include front or rear-wheel drive, manual or automatic gearbox, plus 4MOTION four-wheel drive
    • Gross vehicle weights range from 3.0 to 5.5 tonne
    • UK launch at CV Show on 25 April 2017, deliveries from 1 May with phased model introduction

    The all-new Volkswagen Crafter made its press debut in Frankfurt on 8 September 2016, followed quickly by its public debut at the IAA in Hannover, and UK order books opening in January 2017. The vehicle’s UK debut was at the CV Show on 25 April at the NEC in Birmingham, with first customer deliveries from May 2017.

    The new Crafter is produced at a custom-built facility in Wrze?nia in Poland (the first LHD model rolled off the production line on 5 September 2016) which was officially opened at a special ceremony for board members, politicians and media at the end of October 2016.

    Crafted by you, engineered by us

    Not only is the factory custom-built; the van itself was also ‘custom built’, following extensive research with commercial vehicle operators. As such it has the capacity to fulfil the requirements of operators in every field without compromises, and become the true third pillar of the brand after the Transporter and Caddy.

    Maximum flexibility

    The new model offers operators maximum flexibility and the widest model range in the class: up to three different vehicle lengths are available, depending on the model chosen: 5.9 m, 6.84 m or 7.39 m. Panel van variants also come with one of three different roof heights: 2.35 m, 2.59 m or 2.79 m.

    Unlike in the outgoing Crafter, the new model is available with front or rear-wheel drive, manual or eight-speed automatic gearbox, plus 4MOTION four-wheel drive. It has a maximum gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 5.5 tonnes and is available in a wide variety of derivatives. On top of that come open body variants as single or double cab versions with varying lengths and with or without conversions solutions, including dropsides and tippers (ex-factory).

    At launch, manual front-wheel drive panel vans with three engine options will be available, followed by 4MOTION models, rear-wheel drive and automatic versions throughout 2017.

    The new Crafter draws on the design structure and quality of its ‘little brother’, the sixth-generation Transporter: while looking dynamic and contemporary, it offers the greatest possible payload, a cargo volume of up to 18.4 m3 and a maximum cargo space height of 2,196 mm.

    But design is never without function and the appearance of the new Crafter was also driven by the objective to reduce total cost of ownership by realising the value of marginal gains. For example, class-leading aerodynamics (0.33 Cd) reduce drag and help contribute to improved fuel economy.

    New trim levels and equipment

    Three trim levels are on offer – Startline, Trendline and Highline – bringing the Crafter into line with Volkswagen’s Caddy, Transporter and Amarok ranges. The Crafter’s first-in-class electromechanical steering system allows the fitment of the widest array of driver assistance systems in the C/D sector, making it the safest, easiest and most comfortable to drive. Standard features include Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, Cross-Wind Assist and a driver alert system.

    Other systems, standard dependent on trim or optional, include an active lane-keeping system (Lane Assist), a parking assistant (Park Assist) and Trailer Assist, “ACC Follow to Stop” adaptive cruise control system and the Front Assist emergency braking system. All Crafters also have four airbags, ABS and ESP, as well as a touchscreen infotainment system and standard Bluetooth.

    New power

    The new Crafter features EU6 engines based on the Modular Diesel Platform (MDB), which have been reconfigured to match the requirements of commercial vehicle operators. All are 2.0-litre (1,968 cc) common rail diesels from the EA 288 Commercial ‘family’. When installed transversely for front-wheel drive versions, the engine is inclined eight degrees towards the front, leading to more space for driver and payload.

    Four power outputs are available: 102, 122, 140 and 177 PS (122 PS follows in September 2017). The choice of engine depends on which drive system is selected, with customers able to choose between front, rear and all-wheel drive (4MOTION), as well as between a manual and automatic gearbox.

    All engines have a stop/start system and are on average three per cent more fuel-efficient than those in the previous model. Also adding to reduced running costs are service intervals, increased from 25,000 to 30,000 miles: in simple terms, the new van needs one less service every 100,000 miles than the previous model, which saves not only on servicing costs but also on costly downtime.

    Universal floor covering

    New for this model is an optional universal wooden floor, which is equipped with shelving mounts, so existing shelving systems from lease vehicles or previous models can be installed for all common suppliers of customisation solutions. A variety of ex-factory modules are also available, such as a second compressor for refrigeration or fresh produce applications, four variants of a second battery, a second air conditioner and a second heat exchanger for a fuel-operated auxiliary heating system.

    Crafter sales

    In 2016, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles sold 48,400 Crafters worldwide out of a total volume of 480,000 vehicles. In the UK, 8,009 Crafters were sold in 2015, and 7,137 in 2016.

    Awards

    Even before launch the new Crafter had picked up a number of prestigious awards. In September 2016 it succeeded the Transporter to be being named International Van of the Year, as voted for by a panel of commercial vehicle journalists from 24 European countries. It was also named Best New Van and Van of the Year by leading commercial vehicle publication Van Fleet World in February 2017, and picked up the Vans A2Z accolades of Best Large Van and Van of the Year in March 2017.

    Click here to download full press pack.

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