Volkswagen introduces Euro6 Crafter light commercials
13 March 2014
Author: Steve Banner
VW is introducing optional Euro6 versions of selected models in its light commercial range nearly two years before the exhaust emission standard becomes mandatory for new vans in 2016. It applies to new trucks from this January onwards.
Euro6 technology will be available on Crafters powered by the 114hp and 163hp versions of the 2.0-litre TDI diesel - already fitted to the Transporter, the former is a new addition to the Crafter line-up - and will involve a periodic top-up with a liquid called AdBlue.
A mixture of demineralised water and synthetic urea, it is sprayed into the exhaust gases to clean them up.
With a price premium of up to £1000 plus the added complication of AdBlue and the weight of the reservoir that holds it, sales of Euro6 models are unlikely to be huge admitted VW Commercial Vehicles director, Alex Smith.
However, they may appeal to businesses whose policy is to operate the most environmentally friendly vehicles available.
Buoyed by its success in the van market in 2013 - it was the number two player for the second year running, a long way behind Ford but ahead of Vauxhall - VW is also expanding its Van Centre network with eight additional locations, boosting the total number of outlets from 69 to 77.