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Volkswagen Syncro Can Make a Van Fan Out of You

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A van is not everybody’s purveyor of a good time, but spend a weekend camping or cruising trails in a Volkswagen Syncro… and you just might have a change of heart. These plucky all-wheel-drive Vanagons made landfall in the US in 1986. Though they didn’t sell like hotcakes, they have enjoyed a fiercely cult-like following. 

This 1987 Vanagon Syncro came up for sale on eBay. It has lived in Southern California for much of its life, shows 123,000 miles on the clock, and looks about as showroom fresh inside and out as can be. Don’t mind us, we’ll just be reminiscing the late ’80s for a bit.

RELATED: Take a closer look at the rugged 1980s Volkswagen Vanagon Syncro

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While the Syncro came into existence in the mid ’80s, its birth dates back to the late ’70s. A group of Volkswagen’s chief engineers – overland explorers at heart – expressed interest in developing a four-wheel-drive system for the automaker’s light truck division. Despite tight budgets, the small team pieced together a few prototypes. Tweaks and changes were made to the standard Type 2 vans, including a one-inch ride height lift, gas tank relocation, and a new viscous coupling to drive all wheels, but in 1985 the Vanagon Syncro began to roll out.

This US-spec Syncro packs the standard issue 2.1-liter flat-four engine, along with the desirable locking rear axle. The current owner added 2-inch lift GoWesty springs along with grippy Hankook mud tires on 15-inch wheels, which should help improve its off-road abilities.

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It certainly won’t bomb you around the dunes like a trophy truck – you’ll need hands and feet to count its zero to 60 mph time – but for a utilitarian family van, it sure gets the job done. And if you opt for a coveted Westfalia Syncro camper, it’ll deliver the comforts of home to any trail of your choice.


Karachi Volkswagen show attracts many vehicles and fans

Various Volkswagen models on display at the carnival on Sunday. — Photos by writer
Various Volkswagen models on display at the carnival on Sunday. — Photos by writer

KARACHI: One doesn’t see too many of them out on the roads any longer, but most Beetles as well as a few other Volkswagen vehicles, including the Microbus, collected together at the 3rd Annual Volkswagen Car Show organised by the Volkswagen Club of Pakistan and Motorheads Pak­istan at the Forum Mall here on Sunday.

“It may seem that the German folks’ wagon, designed by none other than Hitler himself, has not changed in appearance all these years but there is in fact a marked difference between its various models,” said Zieshan Mairaj, a participant, who had come with his 1300 model of 1971/72 that he had inherited from an uncle and painted in Berlin camouflage colours.

The VW monogram missing from the car’s bonnet he had kept hidden away in the safety of his shirt pocket. “I don’t want anyone pocketing it when I’m looking away,” he remarked in jest.

The car, according to the owner, who possessed a deep knowledge of the Beetle, went though several changes, though not so visible, since its creation during World War II. Mr Mairaj pointed out the change in suspension from the original torsion bars, the change in its windows and windscreens, dashboards, etc.

“Innovations were made as technology changed. In the beginning it had a 900cc or 25 horsepower engine with a six volt battery and Germany exported some two million of those after WWII. It was a hit of course and its 1303 model was still being manufactured in Brazil and Mexico until 2007. The parts are also available from these countries and Argentina,” he said, adding that the car is a low-maintenance vehicle and easily affordable, too.

Another owner, Asif Khan, who had come with his matte black 1970 Volkswagen 1500 said that he had been in love with the Beetle ever since he was a teenager, who taught himself to drive it in 1983. “I taught myself how to drive my father’s 1969 Deluxe model and the first car I bought myself in 1995 was also a Beetle, a 1974 1200cc model,” he said.

The car show included the Microbus, the VW jeep and some altered models such as convertibles or even a tricycle mix with a dune buggy. While Mohsin Ikram, the organiser, sadly said that he had disposed of his beautiful Microbus that would accompany them as a mechanical support vehicle during the Vintage and Classic Car rallies, Mohammad Saleem, owner of the trike, was proud to show off his piece of work.

He said he owns a car workshop in Shadman, where he alters car lengths, etc, and it just occurred to him one day to take apart his 1965 1300cc Beetle to create a new upgraded 1600cc set of wheels, he has now named the ‘Foxy Triangle’. “I even entered it in the cars category in the Vision Gawadar rally a few years ago and it came first!” he said beaming.

Meanwhile, Iqbal Sulaiman, the owner of a very famous Volkswagen motor parts shop, Cheap Autos, located in the Plaza area on M.A. Jinnah Road was also present on the occasion. There had been rumours that his shop had closed down, but he clarified that the shop was still very much around.

“My brother and I had two adjoining shops of which he owned the front shop. We had some differences after which we parted ways and he sold his shop. But my shop is still there behind his old shop,” the shop owner said. When asked why his shop only dealt in Volkswagen parts, the elderly gentleman smiled and said: “As a young boy when I was apprenticing in a car garage during the 1950s and 60s, everyone here owned Volkswagen cars and the workshop where I worked was also a Volkswagen workshop. So that is all I know.”

Published in Dawn, February 2nd, 2015

Add a kitchen pod to your campervan
Washing facilities on top


If your camper conversion is missing something culinary in the form of an actual kitchen or there isn’t space to swing a leg of lamb then have a look at the new range of kitchen pods from Reimo. The pods are designed for fitting in VW T5-based campers and use a Reimo railing system which is fitted first by CamperWork’s sister company, Nomad Campervans. This is to ensure that the kitchen pod doesn’t shift in transit. When parked up the pod can then be used inside the van, or easily removed from the railing system and taken outside where there’s more room to cook. This also means that if you are doing a school run rather than out camping, the kitchen pod can be kept in storage until needed, freeing up vital space.

Extra gas cooking faciltiies
The kitchen pod range starts with the Reimo VW T5 Cooky, which is the budget option in the range. The Cooky doesn’t come with a camping stove or coolbox but does have lots of storage. The Reimo Kompact is the mid-range option and is like having a portable sink unit. It features a sink and water system for fresh water, waste water, a pump and water taps. It has a cutlery drawer and a shelf to place a portable gas hob on. The MultiVan Pantry is part of the premier range and offers and integrated sink with glass lid, spacious storage compartment and space for a gas camping stove. At the top of the range the California Beach finally adds cooking facilities with a double-burner gas hob with glass top and storage cabinet big enough to put a 2.8kg gas bottle inside. Prices range from £650 to £1,250. Discover more at CamperWorks.

Fire Destroys Stored ’77 VW Camper



A fire destroyed a vintage 1977 Volkwagen Westfalia Camper in Sturgeon Bay last weekend at 6116 Alabama Street.  Bob Parins, owner of the vehicle, describes how the fire started in his backyard on Saturday around 6:00pm.

After attempting to put the fire out, Parins called 9-1-1 when the flames engulfed the vehicle.  The fully restored  VW was a complete loss and a Toro riding mower was also damaged in a storage shelter.  The Sturgeon Bay Fire Department was able to contain the fire from spreading.

(Video and photos courtesy of Bob Parins)

You Can Remotely Control This LED Camping Lantern With a Smartphone

You Can Remotely Control This LED Camping Lantern With a Smartphone

Is there anything worse than entombing yourself in a warm sleeping bag only to realize you’ll need to face the cold of night again to turn off the lantern in your tent? For those who like their camping on the comfier side, Brunton’s new Lightwave Amp can be controlled remotely using a Bluetooth connection to an app on your smartphone.

But that’s not the only reason you’ll want to kick your old kerosene lamp to the curb. The Lightwave Amp is powered by a massive 21,000 mAh battery that can also be used to charge your other electronics via three built-in USB ports. It also serves as a portable wireless speaker, letting you stream your music to it over Bluetooth. And to really keep the campsite party going, the Amp’s even got a set of color-changing LEDs that can be synced to flash along with the beat of your tunes.

Not exactly a list of features that are necessary for survival, but who says roughing it has to be completely rough? [Brunton via Gear Patrol]

VW camper van stolen from Southcote, Berkshire

A camper van containing valuable camping equipment was stolen from outside a house in Aldworth Close, Southcote.

Offenders stole the cream, ivory and beige Volkswagen camper van between midnight on Thursday, April 23 and about 5.30pm on Friday, April 24.

Police are now appealing for witnesses following the theft.

The van was beige, cream and ivory

Anyone with information should call PCSO James Wicks on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Families choose campervans over package holidays

Getting away from it all in a camper Campervan and caravan holidays are overtaking standard package holidays as the most desirable escape for British families, according to new research. More than two thirds of parents (68 per cent) say they would choose a leisure vehicle holiday not only to avoid airport stress and luggage restrictions but also for the freedom, adventure and flexibility it offers.

The rising number of celebrity fans has also substantially upped the glam factor, making campervan and caravan holidays a stylish option. High profile fans including Jamie Oliver, Kate Moss, Rio Ferdinand, Take That’s Mark Owen, Lorraine Kelly and One Direction.

According to the survey of 2,000 parents, conducted by insurer, four in 10 parents say that package holidays require too much planning, and one-fifth of parents say that the overall airport experience is too stressful.

When it comes to top stress factors, nearly half of parents (47 per cent) say that lugging luggage is the biggest drag. With 48 per cent reporting that they haul up to 6 bags, and 22 per cent saying they pack up to 10 bags with all the family’s required kit, it’s clear how campervan and caravanning holidays are winning modern-day fans. Freedom from luggage restrictions takes the pressure away – making for a calmer overall holiday experience for the whole family.

One Direction in a campervan. Who'd have thought itThe comforts of a ‘home from home’ are also proving a key factor in making it an increasingly popular lifestyle choice. More than half of parents (53 per cent) say that they miss their home comforts on a traditional holiday. However, a key finding shows that it is not just more gadgets, toys and clothing that families most want to take with them – it’s their furry friends.  Just over a quarter of parents said that bringing along the family pet was the most important item on their children’s holiday wish list.

Whilst scoring high in the style stakes, leisure vehicle holidays also continue to offer great cost-saving benefits for families. Over the span of 18 years, a family of four could save more than £10,000 with campervan holidays in comparison to an annual one-week package holiday.

Find great places to go in your motorhome with site reviews and travel features in MMM magazine. Get the perfect upgrade or your first motorhome with the latest issue of Which Motorhome magazine.

Busfest discount announced!! – But hurry!!!


Following intense negotiations, VWT2OC are pleased to announce that we have been able to secure a £20 discount on camping fees for the first 75 members who book for Busfest through the club camping section of the Busfest site.

There are certain conditions that must be satisfied to qualify for the discount:

  • Booking must be made by the Busfest website in the Club section by the end of June.
  • Your membership number must immediately follow your name (without a gap) on the online application
  • The £20 discount is off one camping unit per one member.
  • You must camp on the VWT2OC club area .
  • You must be a current members both at the time of booking and at the time of the show.
  • Membership Cards Must Be Shown to Marshal of the Camping Area on arrival and also on demand.

Busfest is the world’s largest VW Transporter event and has long has an association with the VWT2OC. We are pleased to announce the relationship has been renewed for 2015.

To claim your discount , click here


Transporter T6 initial review

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Volkswagen reveals the new Volkswagen Transporter T6 in Amsterdam. UK sales start later in 2015

The new Volkswagen Transporter has made its full debut in Amsterdam ahead of arriving in the UK later this year. Shown in panel van, Caravelle MPV and Shuttle minibus guises, the T6 Transporter has arrived 65 years after the original T1 ‘Splitty’ made its debut.


Key highlights of the new Hanover-built Transporter include sharper design, a more premium interior, improved dynamics via the option of an adaptive chassis, more convenience with power seat and tailgate options, better efficiency with standard idle-stop, greater convenience via new radio-navigation systems with online services, and more safety via VW’s latest driver aids.

Sporting the latest VW design language with a full width grille and headlights that wouldn’t look out of place on a VW passenger car, the latest Transporter is said to be more car-like than ever. Higher-spec models can be specified with full LED headlamps and daytime running lights on the exterior, plus a host of safety and security features already found elsewhere in the VW range.


For example a Driver Alert System that detects if you are tired, a post-collision braking system, adaptive cruise control, and useful features like an electric tailgate and reversing camera are all on offer.

Inside, anyone familiar with Volkswagen’s latest cars will feel at home. With plush materials on higher-spec Caravelle models and infotainment systems lifted straight from the likes of the Polo, Golf and Passat, the new Transporter feels just like an overgrown VW passenger car.


Engine-wise, the familiar range of VW diesels will be available, with Caravelle, Shuttle and California models being offered with Euro 6-compliant powerplants. For now, the Transporter panel van has Euro 5-compliant units which VW refers to as “EA288 Nutz” internally. Volkswagen says that the engine was developed for long, durable service life and will be offered in EU6-emissions-standard markets.

t6 engine


On paper, the transversely-mounted 2.0-liter diesel family is anything but “nutz,” offering The engine range is extensive, from 83bhp all the way to a 201bhp unit. A 7-speed DSG gearbox can be specified on higher-output models. All the diesels are 2.0-litre TDI units and claim to be 15% more efficient than those in the current T5 Transporter. New 2-litre TDI engines offer from 84bhp to 204bhp; four-cylinder petrol variants are also 2-litres, delivering 150 or 204bhp.


All have a stop-start system fitted as standard – VW says this could reduce overall fuel consumption by 15%. saving a litre of fuel per 100km on average across the range.

A long wheelbase version will be available as will a high roof derivative. A passenger side sliding door comes as standard, with a driver’s side sliding door available as an option. In terms of carrying capacity, the panel van cargo area ranges in size from 4.3m to 5.8m3 load volumes depending on the model chosen.

The California camper van version will join the range towards the end of the 2015, shortly after the panel van arrives in the UK. Caravelle and Shuttle passenger carrying versions make their debut in the fourth quarter too.


Also unveiled at the launch of the new Transporter was a ‘Generation Six’ special edition of the new van.-  a market-launch exclusive that includes available two-tone paint job and optional 18-in retro-design “Disc” alloy wheels, plus standard LED front and rear lights, chrome package, tinted windows, and fog lights with cornering light. The interior of the Multivan Comfortline-based SIX features two-tone Alcantara seats, fabric floor mats and contrast stitching on the steering wheel and gear shift leather. The SIX also comes equipped with various drive and cabin technologies, including ParkPilot front and rear, Side Assist with electric folding mirrors, Adaptive Cruise Control, and a Composition Media infotainment system. It’s currently unconfirmed as to whether or not we’ll be seeing the special Generation Six here in the UK.


The new T6 models are powered by a new-generation TDI family that modest output levels between 83 and 201 horsepower. VW will also offer 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol options with outputs of 148 and 201 hp. With the help of a standard stop/start feature, the engine lineup could reduce fuel consumption by an estimated 15 percent.

The driver can expect some help when putting the engine to work, starting with a new adaptive chassis system that dials suspension in according to three selectable modes: comfort, normal and sport. Available driver assistance technologies include Adaptive Cruise Control, Light Assistance front controlled headlight management, and Driver Alert System. Hill Descent Assist is available on models equipped with 4MOTION four-wheel drive.

The Transporter interior also gets some interesting goodies. The available 6.3-in touchscreen infotainment system features new proximity sensors that change the screen from display to input mode as one’s hand approaches. The optional electronic voice enhancement system works like a seamlessly integrated PA system, amplifying the driver’s voice over the rear loudspeakers so that he or she can be heard while keeping both eyes on the road. A newly-available electric tailgate system pops the tailgate open or closed at the push of the key fob and driver-door button. A heated windshield is also on offer.


Immediately recognisable as a Transporter, Volkswagen says the T6 design is sharper, more precise and higher quality thanks to lines, beads and edges that run the entire length of the vehicle.

“The entire body now has the appearance of being all one piece, as if milled from a solid block,” states a VW media statement.

Once again three derivatives form the van family: the basic Transporter commercial, the flagship Multivan people-mover and, in between, the Caravelle multipurpose vehicle, which will be available for the first time in Highline spec.

It’s not clear if the 2014 Tristar concept’s powertrain – combining all-wheel drive with a 150kW/450Nm 2.0-litre diesel and seven-speed dual-clutch DSG automatic transmission – will be available.

All 4MOTION all-wheel drive models will be available with Hill Descent Assist and of course there’s traction/stability control with trailer stabilisation.

In terms of comfort and convenience there is the option of a new adaptive chassis control system with comfort, normal and sport modes for the electrically adjustable shock absorbers, plus Dynamic Cruise Control (DCC).

There’s also an electric tailgate that in its most basic form offers power closing, but comes with a fully automated function.

New safety features include optional radar-operated ‘Front Assist’, which warns of an imminent collision. Combined with Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), the system can slow the vehicle to a stop, while a ‘City Emergency Braking’ feature provides collision avoidance at speeds of under 20 mph.

There’s the ‘Automatic Post-Collision Braking System’ as standard, but further options include ‘Light Assist’ automatic high-beam, ‘Driver Alert System’ drowsiness detection and electronic voice enhancement, which can amplify the driver’s voice for rear-seat occupants via the sound system.

All T6s will be fitted with a Bluetooth hands-free system and the 6.33-inch monitor employs proximity sensors that switch the system from display mode to input mode when front passengers move their hands close to the touch-screen, which offers USB and SD media storage.

In Europe, the ‘Discover Media’ and ‘Discover Media Plus’ navigation systems will be equipped with Car-Net’s Guide & Inform services.

The Transporter has been Germany’s top-selling van in Germany for decades, with the T5 finding two million customers globally since 2004 and around 12 million VW vans being sold in the past 65 years.

Models that concentrate on load carrying will again feature a barn-door-style tailgate, while passenger carrying variants are equipped with a lift-up hatch, with either electronic latching or automated operation available on higher-spec models.

All-wheel drive Transporters can be optioned up with hill descent control.


The Germans from Wolfsburg have officially presented the all-new, sixth-generation Transporter family. The presentation was organized in Amsterdam, and we got to see many possible configurations, from the premium Multivan to the basic T6 Transporter commercial van.

The design evokes that of the Passat in many ways. The VW emblem is a little bit larger as a nod to the original Bulli while horizontal lines connect to slightly narrower headlights


Prices are on a par with the previous model or slightly lower. For a few models, the prices are even considerably below those for the comparable prior versions. The price list for the Transporter in Germany, for instance, starts at €23,035 (plus value added tax for the 62-kW TDI/Euro5), while entry into the world of the Multivan begins at €29,952 for the Multivan Conceptline with 62-kW TDI (incl. value added tax, Euro6). The previous Startline entry-level model is replaced by the upgraded Trendline trim level at a price of €34,301 (gross).

Bett Mobil transforms the VW Multivan into modular campervan-in-a-box

Bett Mobil served up two ways

Last week’s CMT show in Stuttgart, Germany put the spotlight on a highly versatile Volkswagen camper van. The Bett Mobil carries a sliding pod (reminiscent of the DoubleBack van) inside a versatile camper-in-a-box package. The Bett Mobil’s “second story” slide-out bedroom leaves cargo room below and is the key component of a fully modular camper package that turns the Volkswagen Multivan into a full-fledged camper, then removes completely to give the owner a standard van back.

The Bett Mobil with available pop-up roof

Extendable pods are nothing new in the camper world. They can be found in everything from all-terrain, eight-wheeled expedition vehicles to compact camping trailers. Each new take on the extendable living module offers its own advantages, however. In the case of the Bett Mobil, the upper slide-out adds extra interior room while maintaining the classic Volkswagen camper van footprint. It also keeps some dedicated cargo space open for camping provisions, sports gear, etc.

The Bett Mobil packages transforms your Volkswagen van into a camper while allowing it to ...

The sliding, folding bed module fits neatly inside the tailgate and sets up in a matter of minutes. After sliding the unit out, one folds the side and rear walls out and secures them to the tailgate, which serves as the roof. The lower legs fold out to support the weight. This creates a 53.5 x 78.7-in (1,360 x 2,000-mm) interior bed that provides clear views outside via the large, openable rear window and rear windshield “skylight.” The lockable storage cabinet below the sliding module stores gear and tools.

The Bett Mobil’s sliding sleeping module is a natural extension of the Volkswagen Multivan base platform, which uses floor rails to offer interior flexibility. Bett Mobil capitalizes on this defining Multivan feature to make its camper package fully modular and customizable. The bed and storage modules already mentioned are secured to the vehicle by way of the floor rails, as are the kitchen and washroom modules.

Bett Mobil offers sleeping, cooking and wash modules for Volkswagen vans

Bett Mobil showed its camper at the recent CMT show in Stuttgart

The simple screw-in system allows the interior fixtures to be easily rearranged or removed completely. This set-up lets the owner create a campervan with up to four seats and remove the camping modules altogether, giving users a camper van for holidays and a regular people mover for the rest of the year. Bett Mobil says that it’ll take the owner about an hour to convert from camper back to regular van.

The available outdoor kitchen frees up space inside

The wash area module includes a sink hooked up to a 20 l (5.3-US gal) fresh water tank, a 10 l waste water tank, a 50 l compressor fridge and a storage compartment for a camping toilet. The cooking module includes a canister stove and storage space for knives, utensils, pots and pans, and other cooking tools. An outdoor kitchen is available as an option, opening up room for four seats inside.

The slide-out bedroom has a large rear window

When compared to typical camper vans that use folding-seat beds, the Bett Mobil offers the advantage of keeping the seated living area intact while the bed is in use. Instead of converting the bed at breakfast, you can simply get up and sit down. On the downside, the space occupied by the sliding bed and under-bed cabinet eat up seating and cargo space more so than a convertible bed. The Bett Mobil has just a single rear seat in standard configuration, and adding a second rear bucket seat or a rear bench means leaving some of the camping equipment at home.

Bett Mobil transforms your Volkswagen van into a camper while allowing it to go back to st...

Rolf Hänle and his son David originally designed the Bett Mobil camper in 2009 as their own personal home away from home. They received interest about it everywhere they camped and traveled, so they decided to bring the design to market, testing the waters at last year’s Abenteuer Allrad show in Bad Kissingen, Germany, then bringing it to the larger 2015 CMT show

The kitchen area includes plenty of storage space for tools and utensils

Bett Mobil sells its modules directly, not as complete vans. They perform the original installation, which requires a few professionally installed parts. After that, the package is designed to allow the owner to remove and reinstall the modules as desired. The bed module costs €7,900 (US$8,900), and a total camper package runs between €11,690 and €15,000, depending upon options selected.

Buyers that opt for the outdoor kitchen can keep four seats inside

The van can be equipped with a high Polyroof with integrated storage cabinetry or a pop-up roof with built-in bed. Though Bett Mobil’s hardware is designed around the Multivan, the company can equip it to the Comfortline, Highline, Pan Americana and California Beach models with a few additional modifications.

Inside the Bett Mobil with pop-up roof

Inside the Bett Mobil with high roof

The high roof option offers integrated storage

The standard configuration offers one rear seat and two front seats