Now in its fourth generation, the California is still unique in the campervan world as it is designed and built in house, by VW itself.

Based on the equally new Volkswagen T6 commercial vehicle, the latest VW camper van gets the option of four-wheel drive and a paddle-shift gearbox for the first time and the vehicle can be specified with adaptive suspension for greater comfort even when fully loaded.

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There is also a range of safety systems including Driver Alert – which monitors activity to make sure the driver is awake – brake assist for performing emergency stops more rapidly, and post-collision braking for bringing the California to a complete halt immediately after an accident.

In terms of camping comforts, the California can sleep four, has a pop-up roof for improving headroom and concealing a double bed, a fridge, stove, sink and a host of ingenious storage solutions.

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The California will be offered in two trim levels – Ocean and Beach – and the first deliveries are expected this summer.