Volkswagen California – A year since launch


In June 2015 the latest generation California was announced and happy customers had their new Camper van delivered before the end of the year.

Did you know…The Volkswagen California continued a tradition to be the only vehicle in its class to be designed, engineered and built in-house?



​The entry model, Beach, offers seven seats and sleeping space for four – using the bench-seat to convert into a two berth bed across the width of the vehicle. A second double bed is accessed from popping up the manual roof.

The fold-out table and chairs are cleverly stored in the sliding door and tailgate!

  • The Beach is available with a 2.0-litre 102 PS TDI engine with a five-speed manual gearbox, and a 2.0-litre TDI 150 PS with a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG transmission.



The California Ocean has the additional electro-hydraulic pop-up roof with lighting, plus a kitchenette with two rings, a fridge and sink.

  • The California Ocean offers two engines with either 150 or 204 PS and six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG gearboxes. 4MOTION four-wheel drive variants mean the ultimate ‘home from home’ can go further and wider afield.

The new generation California adds a host of safety, comfort and convenience features.

  • Driver Alert System.
  • Brake Assist.
  • Automatic Post-Collision Braking System.


Optional additions include:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control.
  • Front Assist.
  • City Emergency Braking.

About the Volkswagen California


Since its launch in 1988, the California has become the benchmark vehicle in the camper van sector. 22,000 examples of the first T3 California models were produced – with the T4 version recording 39,000 sales. More than 50,000 examples of the outgoing T5 version have been sold to date. The California remains a unique offering by being the only factory-built camper van on the market. Production of the new model will continue at Volkswagen’s bespoke assembly facility in Hanover, Germany.