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VW introduces 6th gen Transporter with up to 15% lower fuel consumption

In Amsterdam, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles presented the sixth-generation of its highly successful Transporter model. Updated key technical features offer better safety, improved comfort and convenience and greater driving dynamics in combination with improved fuel economy.


Volkswagen’s T-series has been the number one light commercial vehicle in Germany for decades. Its predecessor sold some two million units around the world during its 11 years in production. Since the launch of Transporter in 1950, around 12 million vehicles have been produced.

A new generation of TDI diesel engines are being launched for the EU6 markets. These engines have been developed specifically for the requirements of a commercial vehicle, with longevity and ruggedness being top priorities. The TDIs available are transversely mounted and angled forwards by eight degrees. They have a cubic capacity of 1,968 cm3 and deliver 62 kW / 84 PS, 75 kW / 102 PS, 110 kW / 150 PS and 150 kW / 204 PS.

The gasoline options are four-cylinder engines with a displacement of 2.0 liters and are offered with 110 kW / 150 PS or 150 kW / 204 PS. Across the whole model series, the new engines save a liter of fuel per 100 km compared to the previous generation. All Euro-5 and Euro-6 engines have a stop/start system as standard meaning overall fuel consumption could be reduced by 15% on average.

The new adaptive chassis control, Dynamic Cruise Control (DCC), enables the new Transporter to be adapted to three driving modes: comfort, normal and sport. In each case, the electrically adjustable shock absorbers adapt to the chosen style via a preselected program.

Safety. by means of radar, the Front Assist area monitoring system recognizes critical distances to the vehicle in front and helps to shorten the stopping distance. In dangerous situations the system warns the driver visually and audibly, as well as with a slight jolt of the brake. With adaptive cruise control (ACC), a sensor measures the distance to the vehicle in front and the relative speed. In combination with the DSG, the ACC system can also slow the vehicle down, for example in queues or traffic jam situations, to a complete stop. Depending on the situation, ACC then starts up again automatically after a predefined period. An integral component of Front Assist and ACC is the City Emergency Braking function, which provides assistance at low speeds of under 30 km/h (19 mph), significantly improving safety, especially in dense city traffic.

If the driver fails to see an obstacle, the system automatically applies the brakes and ensures that the collision-speed is reduced. In order to minimize the risk related to this scenario, the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System is provided as standard in the Transporter.

Another option is Light Assist that performs automatic, camera-controlled switching on and off of the main beam. The Driver Alert System, which is standard in vehicles with a multifunction display, recognizes any deviations from normal driving behavior and recommends the driver takes a break.

For all vehicles with 4MOTION, Hill Descent Assist is available as an option. By targeted application of the brakes to individual wheels, which the driver is not able to do singularly using the foot brake, and by cutting the engine speed, it ensures a safe, controlled hill descent. During towing operation, electronic trailer stabilisation also utilizes the components of the electronic stability control system and contributes significantly to safety while driving. A feature recommended in particular for cold, snowy regions is the new heated windshield that ensures a clear view, not matter the weather.


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