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VW Transporter 6.1 Crew Bus 4MOTION

The VW bus that ticks all the boxes to making dreams of independence come true; Tjorrie Kruger tells us why he loves the VW Transporter 6.1 Crew Bus 4MOTION.

As a businessman, property developer, farmer, father, husband and a C6/7 quadriplegic, the new Transporter 6.1 has made Tjorrie Kruger independent.

Tjorrie needed a vehicle with an automatic gear box; space for him to get in and out and manoeuvre inside the vehicle in his wheelchair; 4-wheel drive because he lives on a farm, and as a property developer he often needs to tackle rough and undeveloped roads.

His family loves travelling and exploring the country, and with two talented athletic kids that need to get to provincial competitions, a spacious vehicle was needed that can go anywhere and provides enough comfort for the whole family to travel long distances.

This is his second Transporter, and before this he drove a 4×4 bakkie. With the bakkie, he always needed someone to help him, so he felt that he was never fully independent. With the set-up that he has in the Transporter, he is able to get out and about without any assistance from anyone and can drive safely using hand controls. This completed his dream of independence.

Having been injured in a crash in 2002, the safety features of the vehicle were also an important consideration for him. The new Transporter 6.1 is still the original van that is well-known in the disability sector for its space, versatility and reliability, but now includes all the latest innovative driver technologies and safety features, some of which he can control using buttons on the multi-function steering wheel and therefore enables him to keep his hands on the steering wheel.

Vehicle features accommodates all his needs

So, let’s unpack Tjorrie’s needs as a quadriplegic driver and explore the features of the new Transporter 6.1 Crew Bus to find out why it works for him.

Internal Height and Flat Floor

Tjorrie’s height in his wheelchair is 138cm. The internal height of the Transporter is 139cm. He needs to duck his head coming through the door, but once inside, he fits.

To be able to move around inside, the vehicle must have a flat floor. Designed as a commercial vehicle, the Transporter has a flat floor from the rear door all the way to the front.

Adaptability of internal space

Tjorrie has removed the middle row of seats and the front passenger seat. This gives him the space he needs to move into the vehicle. He parks his wheelchair in the passenger position and then transfers across onto the driver’s seat.


Automatic or DSG Gearbox

 As a quadriplegic, Tjorrie needs to drive with hand controls therefore any vehicle he drives must have an automatic or DSG gearbox. The Transporter 6.1 has a dual clutch DSG gearbox. This enables Tjorrie to use the Chairman Industries hand controls. These were transferred from his previous Transporter, so he didn’t have to buy new hand controls. He has full function in his left hand therefore he has no difficulty pressing the button on the gear shift that is needed to move between the gear options. The position of the gear shift on the dashboard is a very comfortable position for a driver using hand controls.

Space To Access Driver’s Seat

Thanks to VW’s design of having the gear shift positioned on the dashboard, it does not get in the way of Tjorrie’s transfer between his wheelchair and the driver’s seat.

Access Into The Vehicle

A wheelchair lift can easily be fitted to either the rear door or side sliding door. Tjorrie uses the SWC lift which he was also able to transfer from his previous Transporter. This lifts him into/out of the vehicle in his wheelchair. The size of the opening of the side door is big enough to accommodate the wheelchair lift.


The 146kW model has powerful 4MOTION capabilities giving it robust off-road capabilities. It provides plenty of torque for tackling those off-road challenges with the option of using a Differential Lock and  the Hill Hold Assist.

Power Steering

The Transporter boasts an electromechanical, speed-sensitive power steering which is remarkably light for a vehicle of this size. Even as a quadriplegic, Tjorrie has no difficulty turning the steering wheel with one hand.

Cruise Control

For anyone driving with hand controls, the cruise control is an essential feature as it allows them to take their hands off the hand control and drive with two hands on the steering. It also provides an opportunity to rest the arm that controls the hand control, which is particularly important when driving long distances. The control buttons on the dashboard makes the cruise control easily accessed without having to take a hand off the steering wheel.

Rear Camera, Park Distance Control

Due to his quadriplegia, Tjorrie is unable to turn and look behind him when reversing. Therefore, the rear camera that gives an optimised view of the area behind the vehicle on the media system screen, and the Park Distance Control which gives an audible warning if the vehicle gets too close to an object, are essential features for assisting Tjorrie to see what is happening behind the vehicle.

Tyre Pressure Monitor and Assistance Systems

Jumping out the car to have a quick look at a tyre is not an option for anyone using a wheelchair.   Being able to check the tyre pressure while sitting in the driver’s seat is a huge plus. It provides an easy way to look after the tyres and ensure that they have optimal tyre pressure at all times. The system warns the driver if there are any deviations from the set pressure. This can save a lot of money on the wear and tear of the tyres.

The Assistance Systems, including the tyre pressure monitor, are controlled using the right-hand button panel on the multi-purpose steering wheel. This gives access to all the Assistance Systems, Audio, Telephone Answering, Vehicle Status Features and Driving Data.

Touch Screen Infotainment and Blue Tooth System

The Bluetooth Infotainment System connects automatically to the driver’s cell phone and all calls can be answered at the touch of the button. Calls can be made using voice recognition via the driver’s cell phone so there is no need to take hands off the steering wheel or even eyes off the road.

Rain Sensing Wipers

Once again, these features enable him to keep both hands on the steering and hand control at all times.

Flip Up Armrest On Driver’s Seat

The armrest helps to provide stability while Tjorrie is driving as he does not have any balance, and it provides elbow support to reduce fatigue in the shoulder.  With it being able to flip up, it’s easily placed out of the way when he needs to transfer across.

Safety features

Having been injured in a car crash already, Tjorrie understands the value of safety features in a car. The Transporter 6.1 is packed with state-of-the-art Driver Assistance Systems, which are more than just ‘nice to have’ for a quadriplegic driver. They include the following:

Crosswind Assist

This helps the driver remain in their lane by detecting if the vehicle veers out of the lane, caused by strong crosswinds. Crosswind Assist will automatically course-correct from a speed of 80 km/h, without the driver being aware.

A strong crosswind can even be difficult for able-bodied drivers to control in a large vehicle like the Transporter, so for any driver who only has one hand on the steering as the other hand is on the hand control, and even more so if it’s a quadriplegic with reduced shoulder strength, this feature adds massive safety value to any driver with a disability.

Driver Fatigue Detection

The vehicle users visual and audible warning signals to recommend that the driver takes a break as soon as it registers driving behaviour that indicates fatigue.

Post-Collision Braking System

The Transporter 6.1 features an advanced safety system that breaks automatically after a collision to prevent a second impact. After a short delay, the vehicle begins a phased braking action down to 9,66 km/h during which time the driver can take over at any point.

Electronic Stabilization Program (ESP) and Traction Control Systems (TCS)

ESP improves a vehicle’s stability by detecting and reducing loss of traction (skidding). When ESP detects loss of steering control, it automatically applies the brakes to help “steer” the vehicle where the driver intends to go. Braking is automatically applied to wheels individually, such as the outer front wheel to counter over steer or the inner rear wheel to counter understeer.

Anti-Lock Braking System and Brake Assist (ABS)

The ABS prevent the wheels from locking up under heavy breaking situations therefore maintains manoeuvrability and control of the vehicle.

Twin Halogen Head Lights

Provides optimum visibility at night with excellent illumination to the sides and long-range.

Compliments his lifestyle

So not only does the Transporter 6.1 make Tjorrie a safer driver but it also compliments his lifestyle and provides the space that he needs.

He uses both a manual and power wheelchair depending on where he is going, and both chairs can be accommodated in the vehicle. Running a farm and being involved with multiple property developments, Tjorrie is a busy man and needs to get in and out of his car a number of times per day. This method that he uses where he transfers inside the vehicle is far more energy efficient than having to transfer from a wheelchair that is positioned outside of the vehicle next to the driver’s seat. He also does not need to load the wheelchair into the vehicle as it comes in with him on the wheelchair lift. This is the key to his independence.

It took Tjorrie many years to get to the point where he worked out the solution and found the perfect vehicle for his needs. His previous Transporter worked well for him, but the additions to the Transporter 6.1 was the perfect touch to give him the confidence and freedom that he was looking for.

Watch Tjorrie Kruger demonstrating all the features of the VW Transporter 6.1 Crew Bus 4MOTION.

Toyota Fortuner – start your impossible

Pieter Badenhorst shares the many reasons why the Toyota Fortuner is the perfect vehicle for him.

Pieter is a family man who loves the outdoors, especially camping and hiking, and there is nothing more enjoyable for him than exploring local game reserves with his wife and kids. “With my family’s sense of adventure, I need a car that can take us anywhere we want to go, even if that means driving on rocky and bumpy terrain to get to our destination.” This is why the Toyota Fortuner is the perfect vehicle for him.

Family car: 7-seater Fortuner

Having driven a Toyota Hilux for many years, Pieter’s family are used to the 4×4 lifestyle. But as the family grew, so their needs started changing.

His children wanted to take friends along on holiday so he needed more seating space which led him to investigate the 7-seater Fortuner.

The comfort and safety of the Fortuner equals a happy family. The kids love travelling in the back row of seats where they have their own air-conditioner. Now, the journey is very much part of the adventure as the set destination.

Pieter loves the 4×4 capability and how comfortably it handles gravel roads. The ground clearance gives him peace of mind when exploring off-road, and it gives the added advantage of a higher driving position which enables him to see over the vehicles in front of him when sitting in bumper to bumper traffic in Gauteng.

Vehicle adaptations

When choosing a vehicle, Pieter needs to look beyond the capabilities of the vehicle since his right arm is amputated from below his elbow and his left arm through his shoulder due to an electrical accident as a child. Thus, he needs to adapt the car to enable him to drive it with one arm.

Many of the features of the Fortuner 2.8 GD6 4×4 AT make it possible for Pieter to access the vehicle with minimal adaptations. For driving, the only adaptations he has needed is an automatic car, along with a prosthesis which is attached to the steering wheel which enables him to control the steering with half an arm, and moving some of the secondary controls to the floor so that he can manage the indicators, wipers and lights using his left foot while his right leg controls the normal accelerator and brake pedals in an automatic car. The super-light hydraulic power steering facilitates the ease of Pieter’s driving.

His secondary control panel was designed by his father and an auto-electrician when he first started driving many years ago. This has been transferred between many models of vehicles that he has had over the years.

Each button activates a different control, including the left and right indicators, wipers, hooter and headlights. With the Fortuner, he has not needed to activate the headlight buttons as it has automatic lights which are light-sensitive and switch on and off automatically when needed.

Automatic gearbox and keyless entry

The Fortuner has several models available with an automatic gearbox. This opens the possibility for people with a variety of disabilities to drive it.

The gear shift is also perfect for people with limited hand function as it has a step design which does not require pushing in a button whilst putting it into gear. The gear lever is simply guided through the required pattern to achieve the desired gear.

The keyless entry and push button start that come standard on Pieter’s model of Fortuner are essential for him since he has no fingers to easily manage keys and open doors. If he has the key in his pocket when he comes near the vehicle, he can open the doors and start the car with a press of a button.

Power back door system

The rear door on any SUV can be a challenge for people with a variety of disabilities, or persons of short stature or those who have lower back pain. It’s generally a high and heavy door that needs to be pulled down to close.

The 4.0L and 2.8L models are equipped with a power back door system which provides a very functional solution. It has a back door closer button that needs to be pressed to close the door. The button can easily be set so that the rear door opens to a specific angle or opening height.

Pieter has set this so that it opens higher than his head. But, for a person of short stature or in a wheelchair, it can be set to enable them to reach the close button without any difficulty. The rear door can be opened and closed from inside the vehicle, off the wireless key or using a button.

Audio-visual navigation system

The Bluetooth system in the Fortuner comes standard across all models, while the 2.8L and 4.0L models also come with a touchscreen audio-visual navigation system. The multi-information display includes all the frequently checked trip information. The display doubles up as the rear camera screen, navigation system, cell phone information and call answering. All content can be controlled via easy access switches on the steering wheel.

Seating layout

The seating layout provides remarkably easy flexibility with the middle row of seats having a 60:40 split with a one-touch tumble slide.

Again, only needing to press one button, the seats fold-up creating space needed for camping or sports equipment. So, Pieter doesn’t need fingers to be able to rearrange the seating at the rear of the car.

The third row of seats have an equally clever one-touch design which can either free up space for luggage or create a row of seats for extra passengers. This is the “kid’s zone” where competition is rife; the winner gets the back row.

The 2.8 GD6 model includes power front seat adjustments while most other models have manual adjustments.  With a quick push of a button, this enables Pieter to reset to the seat position with ease after his wife has been driving.

For drivers with paralysed legs, this can make a huge difference as it can be extremely difficult to adjust the position of the driver’s seat without being able to push or pull with their legs.

Safety features

The Fortuner boasts more than its fair share of safety features, including the anti-lock braking system; brake assist; electronic brake force distribution; hill-assist control; traction control; vehicle stability control; trailer-sway control; and downhill-assist control as well as front airbags for both driver and passenger, and curtain and side airbags and knee airbags for the driver.


The Toyota Fortuner is currently available in 10 different derivatives, including petrol and diesel options; six speed manual and automatic; 2.4L, 2.7L, 2.8L, 4.0L, 2×4 or 4×4 with seven of these available with an automatic gearbox. Prices start from R505 600.

The torque of the 2.8L diesel motor gives plenty of muscle to tow Pieter’s 4×4 camping trailer with ease, producing 450Nm @1600-2400r/min and an unbraked towing capacity of 750kg.

Fuel consumption on the combined cycle is expected to be 8.5l/100km (without the trailer).

The new diesel engines have a smaller capacity with higher torque with Toyota’s new innovations translating into increased power with lower fuel consumption.

So, it’s no surprise that the Paralympic athlete, Pieter Badenhorst, is Toyota SA’s new brand ambassodor. He is a living example of Toyota’s slogan #Start Your Impossible.

Toyota Fortuner - Freedom of Mobility

How does the disability rebate apply to the Caddy?

When purchasing a new vehicle for a driver or passenger with a disability, they may qualify for the disability rebate. Caroline Rule helps us understand the process.

What is the disability rebate?

This is a rebate of the import duties of an imported vehicle that is allowed for persons with disabilities.  It is a significant saving and the intention is to assists with covering the costs of the adaptations that will be required.

It comes with a lot of red tape and paperwork, so it’s important to understand how the process works.

Process involved when purchasing a Caddy

Since the Caddy is such a popular and versatile vehicle for the disability sector, this article is a guide on the process that is involved when purchasing a Caddy.

The Caddy is a fully imported vehicle and therefore qualifies for the maximum rebate amount. In 2020, this percentage is approximately 15% of the retail value of the vehicle however this gets re-evaluated by SARS on an annual basis. Therefore, with an automatic Caddy costing between R450 000 – R530 000, the rebate amount or the saving which goes to the customer will be equal to approximately R75 000 – R80 000.

Step 1

Your starting point is to establish that the Caddy is the best vehicle for your requirements because as part of your application you will need to motivate why you want to purchase the imported Caddy and not a                  locally-made vehicle.

This is an easy motivation because the Caddy is perfect in so many ways for passengers with disabilities or people needing to transport a wheelchair. Aspects that you can include in your motivation (depending on your disability) are features such as:

  • It is available in automatic so can be adapted for hand controls or left foot pedal.
  • The seat height is perfect for standing transfers.
  • The internal space for transporting wheelchairs and equipment along with passengers.
  • It is one of the only vehicles in SA that has been certified to have the lowered floor conversion done and can be registered on the eNatis system with this conversion.

Contact your local dealer to get a quotation for the Caddy, a brochure demonstrating the features of the Caddy and a copy of the homologation certificate (certifying the product meets regulatory standards and specifications, such as safety and technical requirements) or homologation certification number.

Step 2

Next, you need to decide what adaptations you need to make in relation to your disability. Only certain adaptations qualify for the rebate and these can be for either a driver or a passenger with a disability.  The following adaptations qualify:

  • Hand controls, electronic controls, brake and accelerator pedal swapped around, brake and accelerator pedal extended.
  • The vehicle must be structurally adapted, such as lowering the floor of the vehicle.
  • Ramps or a platform lift to allow access into the vehicle.
  • Restraints to secure the wheelchair while being transported.
  • Railings that need to be fitted to the door and sides of the vehicle for the disabled person to hold onto.
  • Lifting devices, such as a hoist or Turny seat, to assist with lifting the disabled person into and out of the vehicle.
  • The vehicle is fitted with medical equipment, such as oxygen, to allow a disabled person to be transported.
  • New products on the market may need to be specially motivated.
Turney seat
Restraint system
Electronic controls
Ramp with lowered floor
Hand controls
Lowered floor
Left foot accelerator pedal

Should somebody be able to drive an automatic car and only require a steering spinner; that is not considered an adaptation that would qualify for a rebate. It is important that the adaptation must be structural, so, for example, fitting only a wheelchair hoist to the vehicle would not be considered sufficient on its own. For more details go to auto-mobility/rebate-procedure/

Step 3

The rebate application documentation is available through the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD). ( or at

Step 4

To qualify for the disability rebate, you need to prove your identity and that you have a disability. This will require a letter from your doctor or therapist as well as a visit to an adjudication panel who need to validate that you are in fact disabled.

This can be arranged through the NCPD when you lodge your application. Drivers need to include their license and passengers need to provide a declaration for a designated driver and include their ID.

The original documents need to be sent to NCPD (contact person Edwina Ludick – 011 452 2774,

Private Bag X10041


82 Andries Pretorius Street
Eastleigh, Edenvale

NCPD has a fee of R500 for applications for vehicles up to R500 000 and R1000 for vehicle over R500 000.

Keep copies of all documents throughout this process.

Step 5

NCPD then lodge the application with the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC). Only once the individual has received their import permit back from ITAC, may they sign the offer to purchase.

The dealer then sends the purchase application to Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA) who will identify a suitable vehicle in bond (i.e. a vehicle that has not yet been cleared by customs) or if no vehicle is available, will place an order for a new vehicle.

Once the new vehicle arrives at customs, VWSA issues a Customs Clearance notification related to that specific vehicle and the lodge a provisional payment with customs.

Customer with disability applies for permit through NCPD.

NCPD lodges application wtih ITAC.

ITAC issues permit to customer.
Customer submits ITAC permit to dealer and signs offer to purchse.
VWSA identifies vehicle in bond or places order to import.
ITAC issues permit to customer.
Once vehicle is ready to arrive at customs……
VWSA issues notification to Customs Clearnace on a specific unit for rebate application.
VWSA lodges provisional payment wtih customs.

The customer will be invoiced for the full amount of the vehicle (i.e. with the rebate amount included). Once the vehicle has been paid in full, it will be issued to the customer who then needs to take it to the conversion company to have the adaptations fitted. These must comply with the original quotation. The vehicle must be taken to the nearest SARS office within three months of the date of importation for the vehicle to be inspected.

The vehicle must be presented to the nearest controller of Customs and Excise for inspection, together with all the relevant documents used at the time of clearance, including a copy of the registration certificate and a copy of the provisional payment lodged to cover the duty.

A list of Customs and Excise offices is available at: Enquiries can be made at SARS Contact Centre on 0800 00 7277.

Customer recieves vehicle once full retail amount is paid.
Customer adapts vehicle as per original application to ITAC.
Customer presents the converted vehicle to the nearest customs office.
SARS issues a letter of certification.
Customer supplies SARS letter to dealer.
Customer presents the converted vehicle to the nearest customs office.

Once the vehicle is cleared, SARS will issue an official letter that the adaption of the vehicle qualifies for a rebate of duty. This must be given to the dealer so that VWSA can liquidate the provisional payment with customs and then this credit can be passed onto the customer via the dealer. This usually takes between 6-8 weeks for the refund to be cleared.

VWSA Liquidates provisional payment with customs.
VWSA passes credit to dealer.
Dealer passes credit to customer.

Here is a summary of steps 1 to 5

Step 1:

  • Choose your vehicle and be able to justify your choice.
  • Write motivation.
  • Get quotation, brochure and homologation certificate from dealer.

Step 2:

  • Decide on your adaptations and which company is going to fit these.
  • Get a written quotation.

Step 3:

  • Download and complete application forms.

Step 4:

  • Provide Doctor’s letter, copy of ID and driving licence/learner licence or declaration for designated driver.
  • Send documents to NCPD and pay lodging fee.
  • Visit adjudication.

Step 5:

  • Once the permit has been received, then sign the offer to purchase and give the permit to the dealer.

Why buy a Caddy?

…because it’s a comfortable drive?

…because of its versatile features?

…because of its dependability?

…because it offers many solutions to the different disability mobility needs?

For most people with a mobility impairment, the answer to this question is easy, it’s because of the ample loading space. As soon as any mobility equipment needs to be transported, whether it’s a wheelchair, scooter, commode, sporting gear, the space inside a vehicle becomes a critical part of the decision making  process.

For a small vehicle like the Caddy, the space on the inside is quite impressive! The added benefit of the space inside is that the floor is ultra-versatile, it’s flat and open which enables seats to be easily moved in and out, or folded, making the space ultra-usable!

  • Wheelchairs in rear space
  • Wheelchair in rear space
  • Seats folded up
  • Middle row of seats
  • Boot hoist without chair
  • Boot hoist with chair


The Caddy Crew Bus comes with a choice of a short or long wheelbase (Maxi), this provides the option of a 5 or 7 seater.  So, on that family outing there is space for everyone, granny, the dogs, wheelchair and more space to fit the walking frame at the back.

Transporting a wheelchair inside the vehicle is always preferential to transporting it on the roof or rack as it reduces the risk of it being stolen or damaged by dust and weather. For larger heavier wheelchairs, a Boot Hoist can be fitted to lift it into the vehicle.

Not many vehicles in this size range are available with this amount of space and come with the option of an automatic DSG gearbox. This opens up the possibility of adaptive driving with hand controls and adapted foot pedals, which has made the Caddy a firm favourite in the disability sector.

  • Hand controls
  • Left foot pedal

If you need to access a vehicle from a wheelchair:

The seat height of the driver and passenger seats is perfect for a standing transfer. With the height adjustments the seat height ranges from 0.63 – 0.71m off the ground. This makes it a fairly high transfer for a sitting transfer from a wheelchair which is usually around 0.52m.

For people with a weaker transfer, they may require a lifting platform for assistance onto the driver’s seat or a Turny seat into the passenger seat.

The rear door opening space is 1.1m high and wide, with a floor height of 0.58m. This can fit a small platform lift into the rear of the vehicle. With the internal height of 1.2m, this can only accommodate small people in wheelchairs and may require a lowered floor conversion with a ramp access from the rear for taller passengers. This conversion can be done by Shoprider, Advanced Vehicle Engineering, EZ Drive, Easy Drive Western Cape and Ronnie’s Automobility.

  • Standing transfer
  • Platform lift
  • Lowered floor
  • Lowered floor

If it’s comfort and convenience you are looking for:

For a vehicle that is well-recognised as a workhorsevan, it has remarkably comfortable seats and it has the smooth ride of a car, not a typical commercial vehicle. The panel van and crew bus have a very basic and minimalistic finish with no frills and fuss as this vehicle is expected to work, although you will be surprised by what Volkswagen have managed to pack into this commercial vehicle.

For a more luxury finish, the Trendline and Alltrack have generous lashings of comfort and convenience. From the climatic air-conditioning, heated driver’s seat(on the Alltrack model), lumbar support for the driver,            multi-function leather steering, cruise control and servotronic power steering to the composition media radio with touch screen and voice recognition and optional park distance control, rear camera and rain sensor wipers. The touch screen is set low on the dashboard, making it easy to reach for people with weak shoulders.

These features may be convenient for an abled-body driver, but for a driver with physical limitations, these extra features make a very big difference totheir ease of driving.

If you want a car for keeps:

The Caddy is here for the long-hall. It’s not one of those cars that needs to be sold as soon as the warranty runs out. The Caddy just keeps going and you can count on it to give you plenty miles of uncomplicated driving. If you are going to spend money on getting it adapted you know that it is designed to outlive the conversion. Reliability is one of its really valuable features when it comes to the responsibility of transporting a person with a disability.

If you have a family:

The short-wheel or long-wheel base (maxi) variants offer a 5 or 7 seater options, with lots of leg room, clever storage spaces, cup holders plus space for luggage at the rear.

And, if you are a camping family and need the torque to pull a caravan, the Trendline 2.0l TDI produces 320 NM @ 1750 – 2500 while the Alltrack 2.0TDI produces 250@a500-2500. This gives plenty of grunt to pull a caravan with ease.

If you want to manage your running costs:

Volkswagen give the option of a 1.0TSI petrol which produces 75kW power with an average consumption of around 5.6litres per 100km. The 2.0l DTI produces 81kW and has consumption ranging from 5.0 litres per 100kms on the open road to 6.9 litres per 100kms around town.

The new Caddy comes standard with a 3-year/60 000km Genuine AutoMotion Service Plan, 3-year/120 000km warranty and a 12-year anti-corrosion warranty. Service Interval is 15 000km.

So, Volkswagen seem to have a winner here that ticks so many boxes for drivers and passengers with disabilities. By keeping their design honest, dependable and uncomplicated it keeps the doors open for creative solutions and can accommodate a huge variety of needs.


Watch how the VW Caddy makes accessibility easy.


The versatility, size and comfort of a Volkswagen Transporter makes it the ultimate adaptive family vehicle, particularly when a family member requires the use of a wheelchair or scooter. It can be adapted to accommodate both drivers and passengers in their wheelchairs and still leaves enough space for the rest of the family. The level of safety that Volkswagen have built into this vehicle gives peace of mind to parents transporting their precious children and enhances the driving ability of any driver with a disability.

  • Volkswagen Transporter - The ultimate adaptive family vehicle.

Driving from the wheelchair – the ultimate independence 

‘Freedom’ is what Frank Juskievitz found in his Volkswagen Transporter. Life in a wheelchair did not slow Frank down for very long. But after years of transferring between a wheelchair and a car seat multiple times per day, Frank’s shoulders gave in and it became too painful to transfer. That meant that he could no longer get into or out of a car and his independence was shattered.

After months of searching for a solution of how to drive from his wheelchair, his breakthrough came when he discovered that a Transporter was available in automatic. With assistance from Volkswagen Commercial at Unitrans Motors in Alberton, they removed the driver’s seat from a demo vehicle and assisted him into the vehicle to check that he fitted under the steering wheel while sitting in his wheelchair. From there it was just a question of finding a conversion company that could pull together how he would access the vehicle, how to secure the wheelchair and fitting the hand controls. And, then began the fundraising.

Frank was fortunate to get support from Red Skins Golf Club and from friends, who assisted him with fundraising. His dream was slowly converted into a reality. His Transporter not only became his freedom and independence, but it opened possibilities for supporting other people with disabilities.

Being able to take himself to visit people without having to rely on someone else was worth every second of effort that he had put into his search for a solution. It also created the opportunity for him to take up scuba diving as the space in the vehicle allowed room from both passengers and scuba gear. At every opportunity, Frank and his Volkswagen Transporter will be found at Sodwana Bay.


For Frank to be able to drive without having to transfer himself in and out of the vehicle, he needed a lift to be fitted to the rear of the vehicle to give him independent access.

The rear door is opened and closed, via an actuator, which he can control by the push of a button. He had an aluminium floor lining fitted, which covers the stepwell on the passenger and driver’s doors so that his wheelchair wheels cannot fall into one of these gaps.

He removed the driver’s seat and fitted a docking station which secures his wheelchair when he is driving, and he had hand controls and a steering spinner fitted as he does not have enough grip in his hands to hold the steering wheel.

The position of the narrow console for the gear shift helps to create additional space for the wheelchair. He built a narrow holder which fits next to his wheelchair where he can store loose items.

  • Frank removed the driver’s seat and fitted a docking station which secures his wheelchair when he is driving.

Driving from a swivel seat  

After 14 years as a C5/6 quadriplegic, Hennie Greyling has perfected his range of wheels to give him full independence – a central drive Permobile wheelchair and a 4MOTION Volkswagen Transporter.

His job involves lots of driving on rough dirt roads, regularly visiting sugar cane farmers. He frequently does up to 10 transfers a day in and out of his vehicle, along with plenty of hours behind the wheel. He also started developing pain in his shoulders from all the transfers in and out of his previous sedan but when he discovered that a Volkswagen Transporter was available in automatic and in 4×4, he did not look back.

Since his wife also needs to drive their Transporter, he chose not to drive from the wheelchair but rather went for the 6-way swivel seat.

The features of the vehicle that were important to him were firstly, the space available in a Transporter, particularly the head height as he is a tall man. Although he needs to duck his head when moving through the doorway, he can sit comfortably inside and has enough headroom when transferring.

Secondly, the 4MOTION was essential for him as he needs a 4×4 for the environment that he lives, works and plays in. The ground clearance is higher than any other vehicle in this range and it is the only one with a 4×4 option. He uses the cruise control all the time when driving long distances; this reduces the need to constantly apply the accelerator/hand control.

The 6-way swivel seat is an aftermarket conversion, which is height adjustable and enables him to adjust the height in relation to his wheelchair so he can always do a downhill transfer. This gives him the edge on making the transfers easier than a flat transfer.

Watch how it only take Hennie 47 seconds to get behind the wheel! 

Hennie regularly needs to take extra passengers in his vehicle, so he had two flip-up seats fitted at the rear of the vehicle, which still allows him access when they are folded up.

Lets have a closer look at some more features the Volkswagen Transporter has to offer!