Volkswagen has added an eight-speed automatic to the Crafter Runner van line-up, but only for a limited time.

    Just 79 examples of the automatic Crafter Runner are being offered in Australia. Buyers will be given a choice between medium- and long-wheelbase bodies, but once they’re gone there will be no more.

    The existing six-speed manual carries over alongside the limited-run eight-speed torque converter.

    Volkswagen Crafter Runner gains auto option

    Along with the optional automatic, Volkswagen is hoping to draw buyers with drive-away pricing until April 30 and a 1.99 per cent finance rate on its Mercedes-Benz Sprinter rival until June 30.

    Power across the range comes from a 2.0-litre four-cylinder TDI340 turbo-diesel engine making 103kW of power and 340Nm of torque, put to the front wheels exclusively.

    Pricing for the medium wheelbase automatic kicks off at $52,490 drive-away during April, while the long-wheelbase starts at $55,990 drive-away.

    Volkswagen Crafter Runner gains auto option

    Each automatic variant is $4500 more expensive than the equivalent manual.

    “The Crafter Runner has always been about value for money, and we’re pleased to be offering our most affordable model in the range with the option of an automatic transmission and, until the end of the month, extremely sharp pricing and finance offers,” said Ryan Davies, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles director.

    Volkswagen Crafter Runner gains auto option

    Volkswagen will sell you a car online during the COVID-19 outbreak, as it pushes to keep customers coming amid Australian social distancing rules and fear surrounding the Coronavirus.

    The new system lets you pick any Volkswagen, from the Polo or Golf city cars to the Amarok and Crafter. The site then chooses your nearest dealer, and asks for a $500 deposit from the fixed vehicle price.

    Scott Collie

    Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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