VW Crafter dropside conversion 2017
A Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles approved Crafter double cab dropside conversion
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  • New converter recognition programme backs up ‘Working with You’ promise
  • Range of conversion products offered will be of the highest standards
  • Programme currently covers Recognised Converters ranging from minibus to breakdown truck, dropsides to access platforms and more
  • One-stop-shop, single invoice, warranty and peace of mind assured

THE new Volkswagen Recognised Converters list is now fully live, underpinning the brand’s existing and successful ‘Engineered to Go’ and ‘Engineered for You’ programmes.

Making the buying process much easier for customers, with servicing and aftersales support now available in one place, the new Converter Recognition programme will also extend the range of off-the-shelf and bespoke conversions on offer and guarantees the quality of products available directly through Volkswagen’s dedicated Van Centre network.

Ensuring conversions are a part of “business as usual” for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ head office, Van Centres and customers, key converter customer groups have been covered in the new programme.

Available conversions include:

  • Access platforms,
  • Car transporters,
  • Cranes,
  • Minibuses and
  • Mobile workshops, as well as
  • Racking,
  • Refrigeration,
  • Welfare and
  • Wheelchair access vehicles.

These are in addition to standard Lutons, dropsides and tippers.

The full list of conversions and converters can be seen here:

The Converter Recognition programme’s rigorous audit introduces a number of new quality and technical criteria to which converter partners must adhere.

A three-tiered approach has been developed to suit the differing converter agreements that Volkswagen operates (Registered Bodybuilder, Integrated Partner and Premium Partner).

Integrated Partner and Premium Partners are required to undergo regular, stringent converter audits to ensure the quality of the products available, as well as deliver minimum type approval certification for each conversion meaning all Volkswagen-converted vehicles will feature the same aftersales support received by the brand’s standard vehicles.

Nick Axtell, specialist sales manager at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, commented: “We’re delighted the new Converter Recognition Programme is now fully live and a true representation of our ‘Working With You’ promise. We’re constantly looking to develop and improve our products and services and this new programme streamlines the conversion process for the benefit of our customers.”

For more information please visit your local Volkswagen Van Centre or www.volkswagen-vans.co.uk. A list of converters follows.

List of accredited converters (July 2017):

AL-KO – http://www.al-ko.co.uk 01926 818500 – chassis extension systems

Bri-Stor Systems Ltd – http://www.bri-stor.co.uk 01889 271202 – racking, welfare vehicles

CoolKit – www.coolkit.co.uk 0845 459 5418 – refrigerated (chill van, deep-freeze, pharmaceutical, animal welfare)

The Cold Consortium – www.coldconsortium.co.uk 01430 861373 – refrigerated (chill van, deep-freeze, cooled box bodies, hygienic van, dog and pet grooming, animal welfare)

GM Coachwork – www.gmcoachwork.co.uk 01626 853050 – minibus, school minibus, wheelchair access minibus

Ingimex – www.ingimex.com 01952 585833 – dropside, Luton, tipper

JC Payne – www.jcpayne.com 01922 453333 – dropside, Luton, tipper, curtain side

Advanced KFS – www.advanced-kfs.co.uk 01246 250022 – car transporter, breakdown/recovery, minibus

Lewis Reed – www.lewisreedgroup.co.uk 0800 247 1001 – wheelchair access, drive from wheelchair

Minibus Options – www.minibusoptions.co.uk 01663 735355 – minibus, wheelchair access minibus

Paneltex – www.paneltex.co.uk 01264 771256 – chill van, deep-freeze, cooled box bodies, hygienic van, dog and pet grooming, animal welfare, box bodies, curtain side

Penny Hydraulics – www.pennyhydraulics.com – cranes, on-board lifting, winches/hoists

TBC – www.taxiandbusconversions.co.uk 028 8772 2247 – minibus, wheelchair access minibus, wheelchair access, refrigerated

VB-Airsuspension – www.vbairsuspension.co.uk 01254 848010 – air suspension

Versalift – www.versalift.co.uk 01536 721010 – access platform

VFS – www.vfs.co.uk 023 8061 3612 – dropside, Luton, tipper, curtain slider

Winton – www.onvehiclepower.com 01483 770121 – on vehicle compressed air, power supply, high pressure water, hydraulic equipment, mobile workshop


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