Volkswagen South Africa has announced the Crafter, the replacement for its LT panel van, and it'll be available on the local market towards the end of 2006.
Two versions of Volkswagen's five-cylinder TDI engine will be available, rated at 101kW and 120kW. Each has common rail fuel-injection and a diesel particulate filter.
The Crafter comes with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard - an automatic transmission will be optional in Europe but is unlikely to be available in SA; a VW SA spokesperson told motoring.co.za there was little or no call here for an auto transmission on diesel light commercials.
The Crafter's brakes and suspension have been designed with reserve capacity even when the vehicle is fully loaded and it has anti-lock brakes and an electronic stability programme as standard.