Volkswagen California

in 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



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Commercial Vehicles range



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Microbus Concept  Search and Rescue Pickup Concept



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Amarok



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