Posted: 25-07-2018 Written by: Nienke Baerents Reading time: 3 minutes
100.000 Volkswagen California produced

100.000 Volkswagen California produced

With a Volkswagen Camper you can experience the Netherlands, Europe or the World in your own way. The 100.000th Volkswagen California recently rolled off the production line in Hannover. Volkswagen's Californias are an icon and the most popular compact camper among campers. 2018 will go down as the year in which Volkswagen achieved this milestone. This is once again a new production record, just like in 2017. It confirms the growing popularity of perhaps the most famous compact camper.

30th anniversary of the Volkswagen California

In 1988, when the Caravan Salon was still held in Essen, Volkswagen presented the first California based on the T3. It was a copy of Westfalia's Joker, also for sale in America at the time as the Vanagon Camper. Westfalia was then commissioned by Volkswagen to build a large number of these campers. As a result, the price fell sharply. The VW California was about 10.000 DM cheaper than the Westfalia. However, that had to come from somewhere. There weren't many options available. In fact, there was only a choice of two colors, 'pastel white' and 'marsala red'. There was also only one fabric to decorate the interior. You could choose between a raised roof or a lifting roof. The front seats were also swiveling and the carpet on the floor was made of velour.

Volkswagen California now

The T4 brought about quite a change. Not only was the engine placed in the front, it was also available in two different lengths. Westfalia was also involved in the interior of this model. In 1991, the first California with front-wheel drive rolled off the production line. The T2004 followed in 5, built entirely by Volkswagen itself. At the same time, sales in the US stopped. That is why you mainly see the older models there. From this moment on, the car brand also immediately became a camper manufacturer. There was a Beach and Comfort version with a short wheelbase. The current T6 is available in three variants. If you throw some options at it, and most buyers do, you have a tailor-made camper. A cult bus in a wonderfully compact camper format. The value retention is also excellent. Just take a look at the amounts for which the Californias on a T3 basis are currently for sale.

Volkswagen Camper Center

Rob Marchal, director of Volkswagen Camper Center: “We are the only official dealer in the Netherlands and even in Europe that is fully specialized in Volkswagen Campers and therefore know every detail of the California. During the many visits to the factory in Hannover, we were repeatedly struck by the pleasure and dedication of the people who develop and produce the California. They also often ask about our practical experiences and do something with them. We call the Volkswagen California the camper with the most travel experience. You will notice this in the layout, the materials used and the smart use of every centimeter. The lifting roof provides extra living space when you need it. On the road, the California drives like a comfortable passenger car and can take you anywhere, both in the city center and on that narrow country road.”

Volkswagen California

The 100.000th Volkswagen California is an Ocean with 4MOTION all-wheel drive, a 7-speed DSG, two-tone Candy White/Starlight Blue Metallic paint with a dark blue lifting roof and awning in the same color.

Volkswagen California

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