Volkswagen California

Volkswagen California

California history

The “California” is not sold in (California) USA/NA although demand is high, the name “California’ was previously used by Volkswagen for the Westfalia-built campervans since 1988. Westfalia was the Official Manufacturer of motorhomes for VW. When the Westfalia company was bought by DaimlerChrysler in 2001, VW decided to build and design their own campervan range, based on the legendary Transporter range.

The California launched in August, 2003. In 2004 two design studies were presented at the Caravan Salon in Dsseldorf: California Beach and California Tramper. VWCV expanded the range in 2005 with the California (Multivan/Kombi) Beach, to bridge the gap between the Multivan/Kombi people carriers and the California.

At the 2007 Caravan Salon in Dsseldorf, VWCV launched the new California Beach with pop top bed, as seen in the higher specified versions of the California range.

VW California (Multivan/Kombi) Beach specs & features

Australian spec Kombi Beach, known as California/Multivan Beach in Germany

ABS brakes

Acceleration Slip Regulator (ASR) – a traction control system

cruise control

air conditioning

power front windows

heated doors and mirrors

remote central locking

CD player with 6 speakers

alloy wheels with full size spares

dimmable dashboard illumination

storage nets

Bedding

The “Good Night Package” comes with curtains, and the ability to fold the seats into a bed for two.

Indoor/outdoor features

A folding table integrated within the sliding door is able to be used outside and inside with two folding chairs.

Combined with the rear seats, the front seats swivel 180 degrees, so you can have a meeting/meal/break with the rear seat passengers.

Other options

California Beach now has the option of the elevating “pop top” aluminium roof, with bed space of 120x200cm in Germany.

VW California specs & features

California Comfortline in Germany

Bedding

The California comes with an electro-hydraulically elevating aluminium roof with bed space of 120x200cm.

The rear seating in the California can be arranged to make lower level double bed measuring 200x114cm.

Kitchen

The kitchen comprises a sink, a two burner gas cooktop powered by a 2.8 kg gas cylinder, a 42 litre compressor fridge, two kitchen storage cupboards with drawers integrated in the design are also standard.

Indoor/outdoor features

A standard fitment twin water tanks both hold 30 litres of water, one for drinking water, the other for foul/waste water.

There is an optional 250 cm awning which mounts above the sliding door, and a foldaway table and two chairs are hidden in the tailgate hatch.

Other Options

satellite navigation system

3 Zone Climatic airconditioner

alcantara and leather upholstery

6 disc CD changer

single seat for living area

parking sensors for front and rear

rain sensing wipers

auto dimming rear view mirror

headlamp washers

electric sliding door

privacy glass for rear

removable towbar

4motion four-wheel drive system

References

^ California Beach Poptop picture thread at VWwatercooled forum

^ a b c Volkswagen Kombi Beach

^ California Beach @ Caravan Salon in Dusseldorf – VWwatercooled Australia

^ a b c d Volkswagen Driver, November 2006 page 27-30 -UK Publication

External links

VW Germany’s California Website

VW UK’s California Website

VW Australia’s Kombi Beach Website

VW Australia’s California Website

Brick-Yard UK – Multivan & Transporter forums

VWvortex Vans & Transporter forums

Australian VWCV forum

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see also

list of Volkswagen Group factories  list of Volkswagen Group platforms  list of Volkswagen Group petrol engines  list of Volkswagen Group diesel engines  discontinued petrol engines  discontinued diesel engines  North American engines  4motion  Transporter (range)  Volkswagen Trucks and Buses

current Volkswagen

Commercial Vehicles range

Caddy / Caddy Life / Caddy Maxi  T5: Transporter / Multivan / Eurovan / Kombi / Caravelle  California (Multivan / Kombi)  Crafter

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aircooled VW CV models

Plattenwagen  Kleinlieferwagen (Fridolin)  EA489 Basistransporter (Hormiga)  Type 2 (T1) Transporter / Bus / Splitscreen  Type 2 (T3): Transporter / Caravelle / Vanagon / T25

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watercooled VW CV models

Type 2 (T3): Transporter / Caravelle / Vanagon / T25  T4: Transporter / Multivan / Caravelle / Eurovan  Taro  LT

VW CV concept vehicles

Microbus Concept  Search and Rescue Pickup Concept

future Volkswagen CVs

Amarok

VW CV based Campervans

Westfalia Campervans

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