VW Bus T4&5+

VW Bus T4&5+ No. 103


This is the only magazine dedicated to the late model VW buses from the T4 and T5 on. The magazine acknowledges the evolution of the VW bus and spotlights where this symbol of freedom and adventure has now arrived: the T4 and T5 - taking their rightful place in the family of VW models and carrying on the tradition of quality and innovation that is the ever iconic VW Bus.

United Kingdom
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Well, it was a long if slightly unorthodox summer, but autumn is definitely here now. It seems odd to be preparing the Big Bus for winter as, like a lot of you I guess, I have hardly used it this year. Hopefully next year it will see some action… Putting that to one side, some events have happened this year and it is with great pleasure that we include a show report this month, the first for quite a long time. VW Breakout, was a success and enjoyed greatly by those present, our very own Alice Fairhead was among them and reports back. Buswise we have another cracking and varied issue this month. In order of appearance you’ll find Karl Pearson’s one of a kind T4 Bat Van, the artwork is…

the beach is back

Good News From VW Choosing a new California just got more complicated. To add to the existing range of Californias, the high spec Ocean and the not exactly poverty spec Coast, both featuring a ¾ width bed and a full run of furniture, VW have returned the Beach, in two guises, to the catalogue. For those unfamiliar, the California Beach is also a campervan with a pop-up roof, but this time with a full width bed. The two Beach variants are the Camper and the Tour models and should be on sale by the time this issue hits the shelves, with deliveries expected by March 2021. Both feature a manual pop-up hydraulic roof, 17-inch alloy wheels, DAB radio with App Connect and a camping table with two folding chairs. Both models will…

olpro’s tree-t

Eco Pledge Olpro has launched pre-orders for its new 2021 range of major outdoor leisure products, along with a pledge to plant one tree for each Olpro product sold. In celebration of the company’s 10th anniversary, the range includes the very latest in innovative tents, awnings and camping accessories. The tree-planting guarantee, launched in partnership with UK-based, Ecologi, is expected to lead to the planting of thousands of trees within the first year. It also forms a significant step in Olpro’s ambition to become a carbon-neutral company that benefits the environment that its customers love so much. Following a record-breaking Summer, which has seen a 101% increase in orders year on year, as well as a 79% increase in the number of visitors to its website. Daniel Walton, founder of Olpro told us,…

wild about waste?

Campers Strike Back Regular reader, Percy Howells, got in touch recently, to tell us about a group he is involved with: “I am an avid VW dub enthusiast and wild camper in my T5. I firmly believe that nature is key to mental health. Seeing what is happening out there in terms of the complete disregard to nature has left me somewhat broken, so I have decided enough is enough and I need to be proactive and act. I have always collected a bag of rubbish on my trips, as my payment to nature and I am encouraging people to do the same. I have been in talks with numerous artists that are willing to donate work to help promote the effort. I have a Facebook group called Wild Campers Against…

climate control

VW’s Targets Confirmed For the passenger car and light commercial vehicle fleets VW have an emissions target that by 2030 CO2 emissions per kilometre driven will be 30% cent lower than they were in 2018. This includes emissions from driving and from production of the fuel and electricity. Volkswagen’s passenger car brands alone are responsible, via their vehicles’ use, for one per cent of global CO2 emissions. VW have recently received confirmation from the independent Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) that the Group’s climate targets fulfil the conditions for limiting global warming to “well below 2 degrees Celsius”. Two factors that impact positively on lowering emissions are the growing proportion of electric vehicles in the Group’s vehicle mix and the fact that Volkswagen is in future having green electricity fed into the…

survey time

What Gets Your Goat? Volkswagen have been at it again, conducting a survey of 1,000 UK van drivers that reveals stuff we pretty much knew already. Head of Fleet at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Claire English, told us: “Following a few months where many van drivers and key workers have had the roads almost to themselves when carrying out their vital work, it seemed a fitting time to remind all road users to drive considerately and help each other out.” Some situations are, of course, unavoidable, but this survey reveals the most common mistakes and habits that can cause difficulties and in some cases distress on the roads. The van drivers’ top 10 biggest annoyances are: 1. Not being left enough space to get through tight roads, 31%2. Small parking spaces, 30%3. Not being…