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Volkswagen Tristar concept points to future commercial vehicle


Volkswagen has unveiled the Tristar, a concept vehicle that hints at future development of its Transporter brand.

For this year's Hannover commercial vehicles show, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has presented a beefy pick-up with extended cab, styling bar and short wheelbase, which has permanent four-wheel drive with mechanical rear axle differential lock and 30mm additional ground clearance.

On the Tristar concept vehicle cargo can be distributed on two separate levels: there is a spacious, dust-proof and watertight drawer under the flatbed section, where a deep-tread spare tire is also housed.

The interior has a 20-inch tablet table and state-of-the-art video conferencing and sound systems, an espresso machine, and driver and passenger seats which turn and slide, converting the Tristar into a place for meetings.

VW CV said its extreme off-road capability in combination with flexible transport and storage solutions make the Tristar a mobile workshop and high-tech office.

Should a production version become reality, Volkswagen sees it being a versatile tool for users such architects, film crews, landscape gardeners or even keen outdoor adventurers.

Dr Eckhard Scholz, chairman of the board of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, said: "The Tristar shows an unprecedented combination of all the good features of the T model series. It demonstrates potential and proves it is still the benchmark.

"Hence the Tristar combines elements of yesterday and tomorrow. On the anniversary of the first syncro concept car, it strikingly highlights the company's all-wheel drive expertise and demonstrates its future viability.

"We take the needs of our customers seriously and are continuing to develop our best-seller with great purpose. We are therefore redefining the benchmark of the class with each and every new model."

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