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olkswagen of South Africa will be introducing the Constellation range of rigid trucks and truck tractors to the South African market in the second half of 2007. The Constellation range, developed by a team of over 200 German and Brazilian engineers, has led the market for the past three years in Brazil, where it is built by Volkswagen Truck and Bus. With the protocol for the vehicles to operate in some of the harshest conditions on earth, the trucks are tough, robust and reliable. The engineers considered every detail in ensuring that the Constellation is

cost-effective and simple to maintain. For example, independent headlamps have been used as opposed to a single, costly optical unit. Inspection items are conveniently located behind the grille to allow daily maintenance inspections to be carried out without tilting the cab. Every model’s design has been rigorously and successfully tested to European standards in real-life situations. The structure has been designed for maximum resistant to impacts and to support up to six tons of load on the roof. Besides their well thought out functional features, the Constellation is comfortable to

drive and easy to handle, even in unforgiving road conditions. Add to this the after-sales support and service network (with 15 service centres spread throughout southern Africa), and you have a product of the highest pedigree that is backed for your business. The range will consist of four rigids (13.180, 15.180, 17.250 and the 24.250) and one truck tractor (19.320) at the time of the launch. For more information about the applications and features of the Constellation range, contact your nearest Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Dealer (listed on the website at www.vw.co.za/dealers). VOLKSWAGEN COMMERCIAL ASSIST This 24-hour emergency service operates seven days a week. Every Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Dealership has a fully-equipped Mobile Support Unit on standby so that, as far as possible, onthe-spot repairs can take place wherever necessary. Call 0860 103 349 (sharecall) in South Africa or +27 41 996 6003 for neighbouring countries (Swaziland, Lesotho, Namibia and Botswana). Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Dealer Network

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success The recently launched Crafter

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aunched in Johannesburg in April, the Crafter – the latest addition to the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles range and successor to the LT – sets new standards in terms of technology, safety, economy and individuality. Combining the design identity typical of Volkswagen with the strong features associated with commercial vehicles, it stands out from the crowd amongst the large transporters in the 3.5 ton gross vehicle mass category. Whatever angle you view it from, the new Crafter’s bold detailing makes a statement: power and abundance. Both the Crafter 35 and Crafter 50 are powered by 80kW or 120kW 2.5 TDI engines, with massive payload capacities of 1.5 and 2.5 tons respectively and loading volumes ranging from 9m3 to 17m3. So you’ll have whatever it is on board to wherever it needs to be in no time at all. Powerful and economical, the class-leading 100-litre fuel tank that gets between 7.4 and 8.6 litres per 100km ensures you go the distance with very few stops along the way. The Crafter 35 is available in medium wheelbase with the option of a high roof or super high roof. The Crafter 50 comes standard with a high roof, with the option of a super high roof and is available in long or extra long wheelbase. A wide range of colours and vehicle options allow the Crafter to be customized for the requirements of your business use. There’s more room to move in the interior and as far as comprehensive equipment goes, everything has been thought of. Remote central locking, electronic window winders – right down to the clothes hooks and the smoking unit with its ashtray and cigarette-lighter, and the new storage compartments, the Crafter has it all. Not only do drivers work comfortably in the Crafter, they also travel safely. The vehicle makes use of powerfully-acting brakes in large

16-inch wheels, and a range of assistance systems like Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) and Traction Control System (TCS) come standard. In addition to this, the Volkswagen Crafter offers outstanding passive safety in terms of safety belts, airbags, height-adjustable headrestraints and crumple zones. The Crafter, yet another great addition to the medium vehicles segment, is sure to be as great a success as its predecessor.

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