- World stars crazy about Multivans and Crafters
- Vehicles in permanent use
- World champions thrilled: "Ideal team vehicle"
Albstadt/Hannover, May 28, 2015 – They ride across country, in wind and rain. They love rough terrain and scale the steepest of inclines. The world stars of the MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM always need new challenges. And for those they have a strong, reliable partner, who supports them: Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. The MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM’s achievements to date: 12 times world champions, 15 times European champions and over 30 World Cup wins. Now they're battling again for valuable points in the World Cup in Albstadt (Baden-Württemberg).
Bram Schot, Member of the Brand Board of Management for Sales and Marketing at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles: "We happily support the team, as the team is an excellent fit with our products: simply likeable, utterly reliable and extremely flexible. And they regularly deliver top performances, thus thrilling the fans again and again."
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles sponsors the mountain bike professionals with currently 14 vehicles (11 Multivans, 2 Crafters and 1 Crafter as a mobile home), getting athletes and bikes reliably to races all over the world and to the toughest training terrain.
At the same time it's a test of strength for the Volkswagen vehicles. José Hermida (world champion and silver medal winner at the Olympic Games): "We're constantly amazed by the aplomb with which the vehicles get us to the start. I've been with MERIDA now for just over 10 years already and it's always fascinating to see how reliable the vehicles are. For we don't only go through extremely difficult terrain, we also have a whole host of equipment on board. Our vehicles take that in their stride. It's really a unique thing in our field - to have a sponsor like Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles that provides us with ideal, cool vehicles."
A special highlight in Albstadt: a presentation to around 100 journalists and dealers from 18 countries of the new sixth generation T series: a Multivan Comfortline in 'Chestnut Brown Metallic' and with a powerful, but fuel-efficient 2.0 TDI (110kW/150 PS). And as a fond look back at the beginnings of the all-wheel drive at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, there is a red T3 Synchro to admire. As Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles' first Transporter with all-wheel drive, it was already providing optimum traction 30 years ago, thus reaching every destination quickly and reliably – like the MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM in Albstadt now!