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Welcome to the Eurovans Official Company Blog. What you can expect from this blog is information about our current offers and promotions, local events and Volkswagen news. Eurovans is a Volkswagen Commercial Dealership in the South East with branches located in Crawley, Brighton and Eastbourne. We specialise in the sale of new and used Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, service and parts. If you would like more information about any of our products or services, please do visit our website www.eurovans.co.uk

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

The Evolution of a van...
Six decades of constant innovation has driven the evolution of the newest Volkswagen range.

Volkswagen vans have come a long way since the first Transporter.  Launched at the end of the 1940s, this design classic has become a symbol for a generation and set the blueprint for a range of award-winning commercial vehicles.

Today, the iconic Transporter, along with the Caddy and Crafter, is part of a superb van range that'll meet your every possible need.  All three vehicle ranges deliver the qualities you have come to expect from Volkswagen: reliability, ruggedness, comfort and effifiency. 

Strange to think it all began with a quick, simple sketck by a Dutch Volkswagen importer named Pon.

Original Ben Pon Sketch

'The box on wheels' is born

Dutchman Ben Pon, the world's first Volkswagen importer, was visiting the factory at Wolfsburg, Germany, in 1947 when he spotted workers using a stripped Beetle chassis to move parts around.  Inspired by these basic but ingenious vehicles, Pon sketched his design for a Beetle-based van.  He called it 'the box on wheels'.

The idea was taken up a year later when Heinrich Nordoff became the firm's general director, and the first van was launched at the 1949 Geneva Motor Show.  Called the Transporter, its distinctive smiling face would soon become familiar to millions around the world.  Pon and those improvising factory workers had started something huge. 

Horsepower and flower power

The Transporter was an overnight success.  The world had caught van fever, and by 1956 more than 100,000 vehicles had been sold.  A dedicated factory in Germany was opened to cope with the demand.

The Transporter also began to develop in new directions.  The iconic camper van joined the line-up in 1951, and by 1960 there were wide-bed, high-roof and double-cab versions of the Transporter.

Then popular culture began to play its part.  In the 1960s, the camper van and Transporter were adopted by the hippie generation .  They became cult symbols of an alternative lifestyle, and images of vans painted in crazy colours, the CND symbol and psychedelic designs enthrall to this day.

But while the body remained faithful to Pon's sketch, the technology beneath was regularly improved.  Millions were ploughed into research and development, and designers and engineers produced a series of innovations and revisions.  Thanks to the Transporte's widening popularity, increasing demand and improving technology, the world's growing community of van drivers enjoyed ever greater comfort, safety and performance.

Time to get tough
Throwing off its flower-power image of the previous decade,Volkswagen's range toughened up in the 1970s.  The launch of the LT started Volkswagen's move into the large-van sector.  The range continued to grow: the smaller Caddy Pick-Up was launched in the UK in 1982; and at the turn of the 1990s, the T4 was launched, a fourth-generation Transporter with a water-cooled engine and front-wheel drive.  In 1998, Volkswagen created a dedicated commercial-vehicle division to help give its large and growing number of van customers a dedicated service. 

Faithful to the original

Today, there's an extensive range of Volkswagen vans to choose from.  They all have a wide range of options, too, so whatever your line of work, there's a van that'll help you get the job done.

Ben Pon has passed away, but his sketch lives through the Transporter, the vehicle that changed for ever the way the world saw vans.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

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Euro Self Drive is a rental company based predominantly in the South East with branches in Brighton, Crawley and Eastbourne. We are part of the highly successful Volkswagen Commercial Vehicle dealership, Eurovans in the South East.  
At Euro Self Drive, we have a comprehensive range of vehicles to hire at affordable prices.  Our top quality range includes cars, vans, trucks, minibuses and motorhomes.
Recently, we have added motorhomes to our ever growing fleet and prices for Motorhome rental starts from just £255 for a long weekend away!

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Thursday, 29 December 2011

2012 will be the year if the campervan! (Well, Eurovans thinks so)

It's not even half way through winter yet but Eurovans is already thinking about the summer months.  Not only are we looking forward to sunny days and warm nights (hopefully), we are also very excited about the fact that Eurovans will be offering California Campervans again!

Meet the Volkswagen California.  Reminisant of the split-window campervan, the California will come in very useful during the festival season and if you can't afford a holiday to the Bahamas. 

The California boasts four wheel drive, a fridge, cooker and sleeping accommodation for up to four people.  Much more comfortable than a tent I would say!

Few other car manufacturers build bespoke campervans, but you can buy or build a conversion from a van or you could opt for a coach-built motorhome, though they tend to be expensive.  Although the California has many perks, it lacks washing or toilet facilities making it more of a couple-of-nights-away-from-home type of vehicle. 

Is it Right for You?

If you have a hobby or interest, like motor racing, fishing or music festivals, which takes you away from home a couple of nights at a time, it is perfect.

The interior is cleverly laid out with seats that slide, rotate and fold, numerous drawers and hidden cubbies, an awning that can be winched out and a canvas roof that is raised electrically.

There are even two tables stowed smartly away, one that you can pull out into the middle of the floor between the two sets of seats, the other a fold-out table that you can take outside.  In a pouch in the boot are two deckchairs, while inside there's a small wardrobe, and a fridge that runs off its own battery supply.

If you would like more information about the VW California, simply contact Eurovans today!

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

The Transporter Sportline - A little bit of luxury

The Transporter Sportline

The Volkswagen Transporter Sportline.  A jack of all trades, the van will lug a kitchen sink around during the day and give the Mondeos and Vectras hogging the outside lane a fright at night. 

Volkswagen have taken the regular Transporter and has added on body-coloured bumpers and door handles, newly chromed grille, snazzy side rails and a rear spoiler.  The Sportline runs on 18-inch six-spoke alloys, sitting 30mm closer to the ground thanks to lowered Eibach springs.

If you are lookihng for a van that will impress, come along to Eurovans where we have a range used Transporter Sportlines available.

Monday, 17 October 2011

Massive Assured Used Commercial Vehicle Event at Eurovans (Eastbourne)

If you are currently on the look-out for a new van, then this event is perfect.  The Assured Used Commercial Vehicle Event at Eurovans Eastbourne will include fantastic finance deals and exclusive offers that will make it hard to resist!  At Eurovans, there are many extras that come with purchasing an Assured Used Commercial Vehicle. 

When buying an Assured Used from us you will get:

  • Assurance that your van has received a thorough multipoint check comprehensive preparation
  • Mileage and Validation checks
  • Condition alert to ensure that the van has not been the subject of a total loss claim and has never been registered stolen
  • Sold with comprehensive warranty and comes with up to 12 months roadside assistance as standard

So if you are looking for a Used Volkswagen Van at a great price, then come along to our used stock event from 11th - 13th November at Eurovans Eastbourne.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

You've never seen a caravan as posh as this.....

By looking at this photo, you would be forgiven for thinking that this was a high spec New York apartment.  BUT NO!  It is in actual fact a converted aistream caravan.  Here are some more pictures which will leave you in awe.....

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

New VW Campervan Tent!

The new VW Campervan Tent!

This fantastic new tent is based on the inconic and inimitable splitscreen T1 and can sleep up to 4.  The new tent is set to be very popular among festival goers.  Anyone that has been to a festival will know that it is sometimes extremely difficult to locate your tent once the sun has gone down but this campervan tent will make finding your tent much easier with its unique design!

So avoid hours of searching for your tent and invest in a Campervan tent this summer!