New Models

You can now buy an Australian-built motorhome direct from Volkswagen dealers with a factory-backed warranty.

As the most popular recreational vehicle (RV) brand in Australia for more than 45 years, the name Jayco needs no introduction.

Volkswagen Australia has today announced a collaboration with the brand, which means you can now buy a brand-new Crafter Kampervan direct from Volkswagen dealers.

The Crafter Kampervan will sit above the already-available Caddy California and Multivan California in VW’s line-up, and will be offered by Volkswagen with a complete five-year/unlimited-kilometre warranty.

The Crafter is the largest vehicle in Volkswagen Australia’s fleet, and will be available in three different camper grades from July this year – Kampervan, Kampervan Style and Kampervan All-Terrain. The lattermost is fitted with dedicated Seikel off-road hardware.

We’ve tested the base Crafter before at Drive, finding class-leading refinement and cabin quality.

The Crafter is a big van – measuring 6800mm long and 2000mm wide – which provides plenty of room for the Jayco customisations and a subsequent life on the road. Australia’s most popular delivery van, the Toyota HiAce LWB, measures in at 5265mm long and 1950mm wide.

Standard features will include 4Motion all-wheel drive, seating for four, sleeping for up to three, multiple dining and seating areas, an internal bathroom with toilet and shower, full kitchen, reverse-cycle air conditioning, a TV and DVD stereo system, lithium battery and solar panels, hot water, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a Wi-Fi extender.

Testing for the Crafter Kampervan has taken place at the Anglesea Proving Ground in Victoria with Australian know-how engineering into not just the build, but the testing and tuning as well.

The conversion is completed at a facility in Dandenong South, Victoria.

“This presents another milestone in our brand’s collaboration with Australian Auto building,” said Ryan Davies, Brand Director of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. “[This is] the perfect choice for those who want to drive a brilliantly engineered vehicle – then live and sleep comfortably across endless Australian destinations.”

Jayco Motorised Division National Sales Manager Bruce Astbury said in a statement: “This is a partnership that will enhance the depth of the Volkswagen range and continue to support local employment at our state of the art, 50-acre Dandenong South facility.”

Pricing for the Volkswagen Crafter Kampervan will be announced closer to launch. Stay tuned to Drive for all the latest updates.

Trent Nikolic

Trent Nikolic has been road testing and writing about cars for almost 20 years. He’s been at CarAdvice/Drive since 2014 and has been a motoring editor at the NRMA, Overlander 4WD Magazine, Hot4s and Auto Salon Magazine.

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