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Volkswagen Teases New Transporter Commercial Van

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/19/2015 Karla Sanchez

Rumors of a Volkswagen commercial van in the U.S. just started swirling yesterday, but already the automaker has added fuel to the speculation by teasing a sketch of the sixth-gen Transporter commercial van ahead of its reveal in Europe on April 15.

While the Transporter has been on sale for over half a decade in Europe, we’ve never seen one here. But that could all change sooner rather than later. At a press conference in Hanover this week, Eckhard Scholz, Volkswagen’s head of light commercial vehicles, talked about the possibility of bringing a pickup or a compact Euro van to the 'States. “We’re looking at both options intensively.” One of those options could very well be the Transporter van teased in the sketch shown here.

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From the teaser image, we can see that the Transporter takes on more modern VW cues like the clean lines and more modern taillights. Like most newer commercial vehicles, we wouldn’t be surprised if the Transporter features a more upscale interior and a greater amount of available premium features. We also wouldn’t be surprised if the new van pulls design cues from the Tristar concept revealed at the IAA Commercial show last September. Based on the Transporter T5, the successor to the model last sold in the U.S. as the EuroVan, the Tristar featured a 1.2-inch higher ground clearance and crazy amenities such as a 20-inch swing-out touchscreen tablet table and espresso maker. While these goodies likely won’t make it to production, they could hint at an overall nicer-feeling cabin for the T6.

If VW does decide to bring its commercial vehicles stateside, the move could help boost sales. Even though the German automaker’s sales in the U.S. were down 10 percent last year, it performed well in other markets, where its commercial vehicle division sells the Amarok pickup, Caddy, Crafter, and T5 commercial vans and minibuses. Globally, Volkswagen’s commercial vehicle division sold 445,000 vehicles last year, with 292,000 units sold in Western Europe.

Volkswagen Tristar Concept Front View© Provided by MotorTrend Volkswagen Tristar Concept Front View

Importing something like the Transporter T6 to the U.S. would present Chicken Tax issues, however, it’s possible the van could be built on U.S. soil since the automaker is said to be investing $7 billion into its North American operations.

Source: Volkswagen

Volkswagen Transporter T6 Commercial Van Teaser Sketch© Provided by MotorTrend Volkswagen Transporter T6 Commercial Van Teaser Sketch
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