The offer of Volkswagen commercial vehicles is one of the most complete and varied in the European market thanks to Caddy, Transporter / Multivan and Crafter. The biggest drawback that those interested in these models found is that the desired bodywork could not always be purchased directly from the manufacturer.
While other brands such as Fiat or Mercedes already offered transformations especially from the manufacturer itself, Volkswagen customers they had to speak with the dealer who in turn contacted the company in charge of making the transformations, overcomplicating things.
With the “Volkwagen Standardized Solutions” program, all this is history. From now on, users will be able to acquire in a much more simple, intuitive and practical way those units adapted to their needs without having to deal with thousands of papers, approvals, etc. The dealer himself will be in charge of managing everything.
“Standardized solutions” are called those variants with the highest demand that are marketed on Spanish soil, that is, conversions for parcel transport, the practical tipper / crane option, the well-known isothermal and of course the very common refrigerated van on Spanish roads.
To all these vehicles and something special must be added the campers that at Volkswagen are represented by the own-developed Grand California (the normal California arrives with the support of Westfalia) and minibuses with up to 22 seats that will be very useful thanks to its more contained dimensions than usual (the width is reduced, similar to that of a van).
So that the pillars of this offer from Volkswagen Standardized Solutions can be better understood, it is best to do a short summary with the different special bodies marketed directly from Volkswagen itself:
They are available with the bodies Transporter and Crafter to be joined very soon by the little Caddy. They are isothermal options made from the box body and have been developed to ensure that the cold chain is not broken. They can be used to transport medicines or vaccines, as well as flowers, animals and food.
Box and Fresh range
In this case, the base is taken from the Crafter chassis cabin to which a larger box is installed than the one carried by conventional vans. They can be ordered adapted for parcels or even isothermal. In the latter case, it is possible to order different cold equipment for the transport of perishable goods.
Available for the Transporter and Crafter, they stand out for including a perfectly adapted loading area to facilitate the transport of packages. PFor this, good size shelves are installed that can support up to 200 kg each of them, ensuring that the load can be better distributed. The Carrier Plus versions with elongated bodywork include a partition wall with sliding door, and security locks.
Still under development by the brand, The new Crafter Crane wants to be the ideal companion for construction companies. Based on the Crafter Chassis, it incorporates an articulated crane behind the cabin area and a cargo area with folding sides that improve access.
It is clear that one of the most important transformations for users are those that They are intended for people with reduced mobility. Volkswagen’s offer is large both for individuals and for taxi service, and they can be supplied in various configurations to suit the needs of those interested.
The PMR range has been available in the Caddy offering for a long time and the latest generation will soon feature these transformations. It has been for many years one of the star products of the brand by providing a sensational service to people who need a vehicle in which they can load a wheelchair.
If we talk about the Crafter PMR range, the solution it is even more impressive being able to house up to four wheelchairs inside. Logically, not everyone will need to transport so many, so the German manufacturer offers intermediate solutions and different configurations in this model.
Volkswagen has also thought about the transport of passengers and with the minibuses it will be possible to reach a very specific market niche. They are developed on the Crafter, which depending on the chosen chassis can have up to 16 seats, or up to 22 in the case of the XL with the 5.5t L5 wheelbase. The completion of these products is sensational, something that you can buy in a unit that had been exposed in the presentation.
The passenger offer also includes the methane-adapted Volkswagen Caddy which should arrive in 2022, the Caddy Maxi and Caravelle as a “Shuttle” concept with up to nine seats, and of course the units adapted for taxi service have gradually made a dent in the market.
Ease of purchase
A detail that interested parties will like very much is that the new range of commercial vehicles within the “Volkswagen Standardized Solutions” program maintains the same discounts as the rest of the conventional range, and also the possibilities of purchase, financing or assistance, in addition to of course the same guarantee.
Although it may not seem important, it really is; Until now, a client could finance the vehicle with Volkswagen and had to request another loan to pay for the transformation to the bodybuilder in charge of doing it while in these vehicles included in the program Everything is included in the same invoice, simplifying the steps.
Another advantage is that waiting times are reduced as it can be produced in a more common way and not on request. Of all, as soon as a customer makes a reservation for a unit, Volkswagen itself contacts the bodybuilder to notify that there is an order, thereby improving the times for the transformation.
From Volkswagen’s own website it is already possible to take a look at all these news and even configure them in a simple way. It is possible to choose the engine, number of seats and a good number of optional elements, all this to adapt in the best possible way to what the client wants.
For the development of all these products, the German firm has surrounded itself with the best experts in each niche. Among the companies that collaborate in the bodywork of these vans, we must mention Unvi, Sanca, Rehatrans and Zago, all of them Spanish capable of doing high quality work.