VW Grand California wins Connected Car Award 2018

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Words: Robert Barry
14 Dec 2018

The new Volkswagen Grand California arrives in European showrooms in early 2019, but it is already collecting awards.

It has just won the Connected Car Award 2018 run by Auto Bild and Computer Bild magazines of which the readers' poll is regarded as a good barometer of trends in the digitalised automotive world.

The readers' vote for the Grand California underlines the fact that hardly any other camper of this class offers a similarly large array of connected info- and entertainment technologies. The Grand California is based on the latest Crafter and will be available in two sizes.

The Connected Car Award 2018 asked readers to choose the most intelligent car.

In the Connected Car: Large cars / Campervan category the vast majority of readers voted for the Grand California.

All key campervan functions can be controlled via a separate central display providing information on drinking and waste water levels. The display is also used to control the heating, interior lighting, power supply and fridge.

Further connectivity features on offer includes infotainment systems complete with telephone interface, up to six USB interfaces, Volkswagen Media Control and App Connect. It is also possible to integrate into the Grand California's navigation system routes previously planned on smart phone or tablet.

A further innovative feature is the optional Bluetooth sound system (four speakers plus subwoofer) in the living area.

Regardless of the infotainment system fitted, users can pair it with their smart phone, tablet or laptop to listen to songs from their library or via streaming. The Bluetooth system can also be controlled from the infotainment system.

An LTE WiFi hotspot enables everyone travelling in the vehicle to go online.

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