The Volkswagen Caravelle people carrier has proved so popular and reliable for Titan Travel, the award-winning escorted tour and cruise holiday company, that it has used them for the last 12 years, and has taken delivery of its 500th Caravelle.
Its current fleet of 140 Caravelles, all individually numbered, are used for the Titan VIP Home Departure Service which takes customers directly from their home to their departure point, and home again upon their return. The vehicles typically cover 50,000 miles a year each, making the total annual mileage of Titan’s fleet around seven million miles. They are all silver and replaced every three years at around 150,000 miles, while this year Titan expects to increase its fleet to 200 Caravelles.
‘We use the Caravelle exclusively because it provides our clients with the best possible levels of comfort and space, as well as being a stylish and reliable vehicle,’ said Dan Whitehouse, Titan’s Marketing Director.
With twin sliding doors to ease entry and exit, the Caravelle is a no-compromise people carrier with space for up to six passengers. The two middle seats can swivel to face the rear to create a sociable lounge environment in the rear compartment, while all rear seats slide on a runner system to offer the flexibility to increase space for passengers or luggage as required.
Alastair Hemmings, National Fleet Manager, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, said: ‘The Titan fleet is a great testament to the image, durability and affordable quality of the Caravelle, and we have been delighted to work in partnership with such a loyal and happy customer for so long.’
There are three trim levels in the Caravelle range – SE, Executive and Business, with short and long wheelbase models available, all powered by Volkswagen’s latest 2.0-litre TDI engine with Euro 5 emissions. There are power outputs of 140 or 180 PS, plus the choice of 4MOTION and DSG transmission.
Retail prices start from £33,248 (plus VAT), with contract hire or finance lease rates currently available from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Finance from £419 per month (plus VAT and initial payment), with £500 towards the initial rental contribution.