Sir Chris Bonington tests out the new special edition VW California Berghaus

Berghaus has teamed up with motor giant Volkswagen to launch a new vehicle in time for the summer.  The first special edition VW California Berghaus campervan was delivered to our head office today and was met by Berghaus chariman Sir Chris Bonington and John Spreadbury of VW retailer, Benfield.  A limited number of the vehicles are now available to order from VW van centres throughout the country.

The VW California Berghaus special edition has been developed over the last 18 months and includes a range of exclusive features.  Available with a 2.0-litre BiTDI 180 PS engine, equipment includes a bike rack, awning, Berghaus-branded carpet mats and waterproof seat covers, and exclusive 18-inch bi-colour ‘Dakar’ alloy wheels.  Each vehicle is also supplied with a special Berghaus ‘pack’, including sleeping bags, day sacks, hats, gloves, insulated mugs and a flask.

The vehicle is going to be put to extensive use for the next six months by Berghaus staff and sponsored athletes and is being prepared for a series of outdoor adventures in the UK and across Europe.  Sir Chris Bonington was the first member of the team to try it out and has plans to use it later in the year.

Sir Chris comments:

“This is very different from most of the product launches I’ve been involved in as chairman of Berghaus.  The van is fantastic, with some lovely features and a real Berghaus flavour to it.  I’m sure that Benfield will enjoy great success with it in the north of England, likewise other VW dealers throughout the UK.  Just as important to me is the fact that I’m going to get a chance to try it out for a few days myself later in the year.  I’m really looking forward to that.”

John Spreadbury, Group Corporate Manager, Benfield Motor Group said:

“This is a very impressive vehicle and we are delighted to have been chosen to retail this limited edition Berghaus Volkswagen California.  Benfield is one of the UK’s largest VW commercial vehicle suppliers and I’m sure the van will prove very popular with outdoor enthusiasts.  It is also particularly pleasing to be working alongside Berghaus, a very highly regarded and respected business.”

For more information on the special edition VW California Berghaus, contact Benfield on 0845 148 3010 or

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