Volkswagen launches Crafter Luton conversion

Volkswagen Crafter

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VWCV) has launched a new refrigeration conversion for the Crafter Luton van, built by The Cold Consortium.

The new conversion is based on the existing Engineered To Go Crafter Luton, by Ingimex, and adds refrigeration capability to help with the growing demand for chilled commercial vehicles.

VWCV says the sector, which supplies industries such as pharmaceutical and grocery deliveries, continues to expand as customers increasingly turn to home deliveries.

The load space of the refrigerated Crafter Luton can be chilled to zero degrees with a temperature-controlled multi-strip curtain fitted to the rear shutter. Pressure-bonded insulation panels offer additional strength while reducing weight, and the bulkhead panel is also strengthened to carry the refrigeration system evaporator. Motion-activated infrared (PIR) sensor lighting replaces the standard load bay lighting.

The Cold Consortium, based in York, is a Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Recognised Partner, having undergone a certification process to meet the quality and technical criteria required by the scheme.

All conversions completed by any of the 21 partners are fully covered by a warranty that matches the term of the base vehicle warranty, while customers liaise with a single point of contact at their Van Centre for all servicing and aftersales support for a seamless ownership experience.

Nick Axtell, specialist sales manager for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, said: “The temperature-controlled vehicle market is growing, and we’re delighted to be able to announce a new conversion in partnership with The Cold Consortium. Recognised conversions like this are all part of our commitment to providing our customers with the right van for their job, no matter the industry or requirement.”

Conversions available through the scheme include car transporters, cranes, minibuses and mobile workshops, as well as racking, refrigeration, welfare and wheelchair access vehicles, on top of standard Lutons, dropsides and tippers.

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