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JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – The new-to-South Africa, million-rand, all-wheel drive, VW Caravelle PanAmericana, has trundled into showrooms with the promise of go-anywhere traction and all the fun of family outings and camping trips.
”No matter where you plan to go,” VW SA tells The Corner, ”the PanAmericana is supremely up to the task.” Or, of course, just heading to the mall.
It’s basically a VW Bus on steroids with some armour-plating against the rigors of African roads: underbody protection front, rear, and sills, flying road debris guard film along the lower sides of the vehicle, and 17” alloy wheel rims.
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There are also touches of luxury-appearance trim (as one should expect for a million rands, of course): tinted rear glass, smoked and diode-lit tail lights, chromed radiator grille and a PanAmericana logo on each B-pillar, leather-clad steering-wheel, and gear-shifter knob, auto-aircon, entry lights with PanAmericana lettering and faux stainless-steel control pedals.
The multi-seat cabin is sheathed in hard-wearing upholstery that includes colour-contrasting Alcantara pads and edging, (optional) two-colour leather trim, and rugged rubber mats for when outdoor footwear gets muddy.
The all-wheel drive Caravelle PanAmericana is moved by a two-litre, bi-turbo, 132kW / 400kW diesel that spins a seven-speed gearbox that can urge the big bus to 100km/h in 12.1sec and reach 188km/h.
…AND SO TO PRICE
VW PanAmericana 2.0 DSG 4MOTION – R955 400
The superbus will be delivered with a five-year or 60 000km maintenance plan, three-year or 120 000km vehicle warranty, and a 12-year anti-rust through warranty.
Service intervals 15 000km.