Volkswagen Transporter for Sale in Nigeria
The Volkswagen Transporter is a series of light commercial vehicles produced by the German automaker Volkswagen. The fifth and the latest generation of this midsize van was launched in 2002 with T5 nameplate. In some regions, it is called as Volkswagen Multi Van or Volkswagen Caravelle. The Volkswagen Transporter is offered in an expansive range including panel van, kombis and shuttle, and as a multipurpose vehicle, so it is also used as a police van, ambulance and DSNG (Digital Satellite News Gathering) Van. In Nigeria, the Volkswagen Transporter is quite popular, especially the third generation model, also known as the T3. The T3 in Nigeria is synonymous with public transportation, and many of them would be seen in Lagos State painted with the colours yellow and black, and are commonly referred to as Danfo busses. Other people use the Volkswagen Transporter for various other purposes, which would include; catering, long distance travelling, and some even convert it to a mini caravan and would have road trips in them. In whichever case it is, the Volkswagen Transporter is definitely one vehicle which has made its impact in the Nigerian automobile market.
In Nigeria, the licensed Volkswagen dealership is the Stallion Motors group, and they do not market the Volkswagen Transporter for the Nigerian automobile market, but there are quite a number of automobile dealers who import a variety of generations of the Volkswagen Transporter for the Nigerian automobile market, and this is where Carmudi, Nigeria’s number one online premium vehicle marketplace comes in. On the Carmudi platform, there are listings of a variety of Volkswagen Transporter vehicles which are not only affordable, but also in very premium conditions.
What to know when Buying Volkswagen Transporter
Performance and Specifications of Volkswagen Transporter
The Volkswagen Transporter is available in a broad range of petrol and diesel engines. The array of diesel engines starts from the super fuel efficient 2.0 liter turbo-diesel unit producing 83 horsepower to the more powerful 2.0 liter BiTDI engine producing 177 horsepower. On the other hand, the two petrol engines include 2.0 liter and 2.0 liter TSI giving an output of 114 and 201 horsepower, respectively. The available transmission options include five-speed manual, six-speed manual and seven-speed dual-clutch DSG gearbox.
It is also available with the Volkswagen BlueMotion technology that shrinks your fuel budget by featuring automatic engine start/stop, cruise control and low rolling resistance tires. Moreover, you can also choose the Volkswagen 4MOTION all-wheel drive system for extra traction and control. Previous years of manufacture are not as advanced as the newest generation which is described in detail, but engine type, transmission and fuel are quite similar.
How is the design of Volkswagen Transporter
The Volkswagen Transporter is offered in a variety of body types including Panel Van, Kombi, Shuttle, Caravelle and Multivan. Each body style is available in different configurations. For instance, in the panel van, you can choose between short wheelbase, long wheelbase, low roof, medium roof and high roof. It features a side sliding door for easy access even in tight spaces. The Trend line and Highline trims also include front fog lights to enhance the visibility in bad weather conditions.
The interior can also be customized to carry load or use it for public transportation. It can accommodate six to nine persons including the driver. However, if you want this vehicle for towing purposes, it can accommodate maximum payload of 1340 kg with 2570 mm length, 1692 mm width and 1410 mm height.
You can further improve the appearance of the Volkswagen Transporter by choosing 18-inch Sportline bi-color alloy wheels, wheel arch kit and chrome tailgate cover.
What are the best features of the Volkswagen Transporter?
The Volkswagen Transporter is available with a number of optional distinctive features that enhance the safety, utility and convenience of this van. The standard safety utilities include antilock braking system, driver’s airbag and electronic stability program. For improved safety, you can also opt for the optionally available Lane Change Assist that helps preventing accidents. In addition, the Volkswagen Transporter places the complete control of mirror and window switches under the fingertips of driver.
Other advanced features offered in this van are climatic air conditioning to control in-cab temperature, rear parking sensors and reverse parking camera for enhanced rear visibility, Kenwood DAB multimedia system featuring 6.5-inch touchscreen display with voice activated control, Xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights and multi-function steering.
Nigerian Used and Tokunbo Volkswagen Transporter in Nigeria
In Nigeria, the Volkswagen Transporter is quite popular, and an influx of the vehicle from many European countries is nothing shy of common. The imported ones are known as the foreign used or Tokunbo Volkswagen Transporter, and when they are registered and used in Nigeria, they become Nigerian used or Registered Volkswagen Transporters. Both the foreign used and Nigerian used Volkswagen Transporter vehicles could either be very good road useable vehicles or could be in conditions which are not favourable and would require a number of repairs. That is why in any case, it is advised that a trusted automobile mechanic checks the vehicle out before any purchase is made.
The Best Volkswagen Transporter year to Buy
This is quite a tricky one, as the best Volkswagen Transporter to buy would most likely be the 2014 year of production, but many people in the transport business might disagree, as the most popular year(s) of the Volkswagen Transporter are between 1979 to 2003.
Volkswagen Transporter Price in Nigeria
With the Volkswagen Transporter not officially marketed in Nigeria, we cannot give an accurate price tag but based on estimations in this current economic climate, we would assume a brand new Volkswagen Transporter would have a price tag of about N10,000,000. For foreign used and Nigerian used, please find below an estimated price range for the Volkswagen Transporter in the Nigerian car market.
- 1992 Volkswagen Transporter – 2003 Volkswagen Transporter: N500,000 – N1,650,000
- 1979 Volkswagen Transporter – 1990 Volkswagen Transporter: N250,000 – N950,000
Overall Impression of Volkswagen Transporter
In the Nigerian markets, the Volkswagen Transporter is facing a strong competition from the Toyota Previa, Honda Odyssey, Mercedes-Benz Viano and Kia Carnival. However, it is the least preferred vehicle as compared to others in its class. However, we expect that the sales of this Multi-van will improve here in the coming years.