CASE STUDY: Volkswagen Multivan | International Fleetworld

12 Dec 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on CASE STUDY: Volkswagen Multivan | International Fleetworld

CASE STUDY: Volkswagen

Could this #8364;83,000 transporter be the first steps an office-free remote working for the future fleet? Alex investigates.

Priced in line a luxury saloon, the Caravelle joined Volkswagen#8217;s commercial range last summer to transport executives who don#8217;t time to stop working. The on board is niche at the moment, but as it more common, could the of the future be made of metal and rather than bricks and


Data on the move

A for the mobile office, the Caravelle on-board WiFi using a router hidden in the glovebox. allows several devices to be at once, enough for a meeting in the but the speeds available depend on the available coverage. The router using a SIM card, and with 3G coverage can offer speeds to a home broadband connection.

has also fitted a 12V socket in of the rear seats. With an this can keep a laptop powered-up without relying on the


Space for four

in supple two-tone Nappa the back of the Caravelle offers most boardrooms can#8217;t Four occupants can sit behind the seats, and the middle row rotates to the back row for a conference setup a folding, rotating and sliding table.

At the back, the traditional bench is replaced with a unit which could have been lifted the luxurious Phaeton. Passengers get heated and fully adjustable operated on a wood burr on each side, with a but powerful fridge between and a pair of glass tumblers in a drawer close to the floor.


Cars, unlike don#8217;t usually have heating. The Multivan fills in for weather with a built-in heater operated off the key fob or a panel the driver (pictured right). allows scheduled pre-warming of the and can run with the engine and air conditioning off.

Storage space is more of a though. The boot is tiny the rear bench reclined, but are cubby holes throughout the including A4-sized pockets side of the table base and a behind the rear seats for clothes. Tinted windows privacy blinds mean quite difficult to see what#8217;s and all that#8217;s really lacking is a


Keeping in touch

Volkswagen#8217;s familiar touch can be found in the front of the cabin, and fitted with a 60GB drive for additional music #8211; enough for almost a soundtrack without hearing the track twice. Bluetooth and a wired iPhone connection are as standard, so keeping in touch on the move is no problem.


the wheel

Caravelle and Transporter are for driving more like a car a van, and the Nappa leather seats are as comfortable for long as you#8217;d expect in a Passat. New feature a choice of petrol and engines, including the same twin-turbo diesel from the with 180hp, and the familiar 2.0 TDI which has the range#8217;s lowest CO2 at 7.7l/100km and 203g/km.

Adding a seven-speed DSG transmission #8364;2,315, while 4MOTION drive is #8364;3,291. Both are on all engines.

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