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New Volkswagen Transporter 6.1 and Grand California to debut at Ploughing Championships


Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, official motoring partner of the National Ploughing Championships for the ninth consecutive year, return to this year’s Ploughing Championships with some impressive Irish debuts, most notably the Transporter 6.1 and the new Grand California.

The Transporter 6.1

Taking place in Ballintrane, Fenagh, Co. Carlow from September 17-19, the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles stand will be situated at Block 3, Row 22, Stand 491 and will include two versions of the new Transporter 6.1.

This latest version of the Transporter features a new design, and comes with new technology including a completely redesigned instrument panel and for the first time, with fully digital instruments: the Digital Cockpit (passenger variants only). There is a new electro-mechanical power steering, enabling the use of active steering assistance systems, which will allow the use of technology such as Lane Assist, Park Assist and Trailer Assist. It also has a towing capacity of up to 2,500kg. The Transporter 6.1 now gains the added benefits of the ‘We Connect’ online connectivity, which opens up a whole new spectrum of web-based services and functions.

Grand California

Spectators will be treated to the all new Volkswagen Grand California, an addition to the California range that offers even more space and creature comforts. The ever-popular Caddy, the Crafter, the Amarok, the Shuttle, the Caddy Life and California will also be on show.

Sean Byrne, exhibition supervisor and Anna Marie McHugh, assistant managing director with Anne-Marie Hopkins and Sophie Geoghegan, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles on site at Ballintrane, Carlow for the launch of the National Ploughing Championships.

Commenting ahead of the Ploughing Championships, Kim Kilduff, head of sales and marketing for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles in Ireland said: “It goes without saying that we are strong supporters of the Ploughing Championships and we are really excited about this year’s event as it gives us a chance to debut our exciting new product line-up. And the show is the perfect environment to informally discuss our product range and customers can really get a hands-on experience of the range. We would encourage anyone to come and join us for a coffee and a chat about our products and the financial offers we have too.”