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The VW People Mover range has become almost peerless in its segment. With each generation, the manufacturer unveils more levels of comfort, safety, and innovation in its models. The People Mover range may have been known for its focus on practicality, but it is also slowly occupying a more stylish space. There is an evolution here that has seen many models go through an exterior overhaul, besides being equipped with the usual safety and performance fittings.
Volkswagen has also ensured that its latest range of People Movers is equipped with state-of-the-art infotainment and driver-assist technologies. The importance of this cannot be underestimated, especially given that the primary use of people movers is to transport people. The range of innovation ensures that the vehicles remain optimal performers, supported by an array of VW service and warranty plans.
Whilst this range from Volkswagen has always been popular the world over, people movers have a special significance in the South African market. The taxi industry is a million rand industry, with thousands of taxis on the road and millions of customers being transported daily. Working South Africans form the heart of the economy, and the people movers are the pulse. It has been estimated that over 60% of households in the country make use of a minibus taxi as a form of transport.
Ensuring that every aspect of this range, from affordability to performance, is nailed is not an overstatement. Volkswagen has provided Mzansi with a range of vehicles that do just that. This article will explore a range of vehicles that not only outperform their competitors but also remains modern enough to be attractive options for new motorists in the market.
The range can be divided into 5 different families:
Let’s delve into the models in further detail.
Let’s begin with the VW Kombi. This is the one member of the VW People Mover range that has gone on to become one of the most recognizable vehicles in the world. Its history is rich, with the vehicle becoming a symbol of counterculture in the 1960s. The model has many names throughout the world, but in Mzansi it will always be known as the Kombi.
Countless generations later, VW’s latest range of Kombis is available in 3 different models:
Volkswagen does not need to give this model a complete overhaul. It retains its recognizable exterior but boasts new halogen headlights and LED tail clusters. Its features are centred on safety and practicality, evident with the removable seats and ISOFIX child seat mountings. There is enough innovation here to entice new members to join the VW Kombi fold, and remain appealing to its loyal customers.
The Volkswagen Caravelle is a head tuner with its stunning exterior and interior finishes. VW has inserted a full range of luxury in this range. Motorists can expect an attractive digital cockpit and LED display. VW enthusiasts may recognize the We Connect Go functionality, which allows motorists to access features such as MyVolkswagen and Trip Monitor.
While this model is certainly striking in its design, the most impressive feature is the range of driver-assist technologies. Its performance is anchored in functionality that includes Hill-Hold Assist, Lane Assist, Trailer Assists, and a new feature known as Crosswind Assist. The range currently has one model available:
It retails for R1 330 700 and is capable of producing 146kW of power and 450Nm of torque. Despite its strong performance, it is this model's innovation that allows it to stand out from competitors.
The VW Transporter Crew Bus is an exercise in durability and reliability. Volkswagen has assembled this vehicle to be as practical as possible, especially with its choice of seating arrangements. The model is available in 4 different variants:
Impressive about this range is the performance. Given that this range is a workhorse, VW has ensured that it has a 4MOTION functionality and ample amounts of space.
The Volkswagen Caddy is now on its 5th generation and is the perfect choice for those with a large family. The somewhat bulky exterior of the past has made way for a new stylish appearance. The exterior has been remodelled and is available in a pleasant colour. It is available in 3 different variants:
Safety was prioritised with this model. It is equipped with prominent LED main headlights and easy-to-operate rear sliding doors. Motorists can expect a spot of luxury with the optional panoramic glass roof as well. Similar to other models in the People Mover family, the Caddy has extremely versatile seating placements and is very spacious.
The design of the Volkswagen Caddy Kombi makes it one of the most versatile in the range. Models in this range are flexible enough to cater to business and family requirements. The exterior has been stylishly remodelled, while the rest of the features underline VW’s dedication to safety. The lighting features as well as the rear sliding doors are very reminiscent of its sibling, the VW Caddy. It is available in 3 different variants:
Impressive with this range is its range of tech. Motorists can expect an easy-to-use infotainment system. A standout feature is the E-Brake and Auto-hold functionality, which keeps the vehicle from rolling back and also lets you park it with ease.
The luxurious VW California is a luxurious camper that allows you to adventure in a sumptuous style. There are practical fittings as well, evident with the mounting rails that are found on the roof. Motorists can find one variant available with the latest California:
It’s in the interior where the magic of this model can be found. Motorists can find a fully functional kitchen, cupboards, and even a bed extension. There are also plenty of driver-assist safety systems which ensure the safety of yourself and your loved one.
The range is known worldwide for its durability and longevity. This contributes immensely to its popularity.
Absolutely. The revamped image and practicality of the range make it a great choice for those in the market.
This term was given to the Volkswagen Type 2 because of its enormous influence during the counterculture movement.
The VW Transporter has the edge over the Ford Transit due to its economic fuel consumption and spacious interior.
The versatility of the VW Transporter Panel Van makes it the easiest to convert into a camper.
Volkswagen are not the forerunners in the motor trade for no reason. The range of VW People Movers currently available in Mzansi is proof that the manufacturer is doubling down on its efforts to assemble to finest vehicles around. Vehicles that can champion not only safety but style as well.
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