First details of the new 2010 VW Caravelle people carrier and 2010 VW California campervan are released today ahead of their world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month.

The new models stand out with changes to the external design. These include new rear light clusters, chrome side trims, more aerodynamic door mirrors and an entirely new front using the latest Volkswagen passenger car design for the grille and headlights seen most recently in the new Polo and Golf.

Other new features carried over from Volkswagen’s latest passenger cars include comfort and safety items such as three-spoke steering wheels, stylish new instruments, a recommended gear shift display, a USB ‘Media-in’ interface to connect external devices, and the latest audio and integrated, touchscreen, hard-drive navigation systems.

A new generation ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme) with hill-start assist and an emergency brake light function are also introduced across the range, while other new features now available include Volkswagen’s Side Assist lane change system, first seen in the Touareg, which warns the driver of anything in the vehicle’s blind spot, and a new TMD (Tyre Monitor Display) to alert the driver to any decrease in tyre pressures.

Refinement is also improved thanks to a new range of four quieter, more economical 2.0-litre four-cylinder common rail TDI engines. These offer power outputs of 84 PS, 102 PS, 140 PS and 180 PS, and all meet the latest Euro V emissions standard. The new models also benefit from the introduction of Volkswagen’s seven-speed DSG automatic transmission, which will also be available later in 2010 with the 4MOTION all-wheel drive system with fourth generation Haldex coupling for the first time (on selected models).

Prices and specifications for the new Caravelle and California will be released closer to launch. The new models will arrive in selected Volkswagen Van Centres from January 2010.



  • Garrett

    Will these ever be available in the US?

  • Mike

    I don't think so :(

  • Edward S. Peniston

    I hope this VW Carvelle is going to be bette then the 1993 VW Carvelle i have purchased here in Bermuda tha car it's self is great but the servicing is poor.
    After spending $ 52,000.00 to purchase the car i have spent to date estimated $ 38,000 to $ 41,000 in maint and repairs. Availability of parts there is a wait of any were 2 weeks to 6 weeks I have purchased thje car for use as a taxi cab and time is money and the tourist season is limited i spent approx 16 weeks awating the replacement of the transmission so if you have a ear to VW Germany please get your dealers to hire or send staff for recurrent training otherwise myself and the other 50 to 60 owners in Bermuda will be buying japanese or Korea cars in the future.
    There are 600 cabs on the road here in Bermuda and approx 100 were VW Carvelles with to many mechenical problems

  • stan

    It looks good

  • Sarah

    I have a caravelle and it's a nightmare. if we go past 30 the doors rattle and squeak. We got them fixed but this meant we couldn't lock it so in the end we had to go for the rattle and squeaking.

    • Allen

      I am interested in a new 'California' camper van model. Based on your 'squeaky' experience with the Caravelle, would you not recommend this vehicle because of assembly problems? The base vehicle looks pretty solid, so I'm surprised by your comment.
      VW is usually known for its tight-fitting doors…what was your dealer's story?

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