VW has added the luxurious Pan-Americana to the Caravelle line up. A 2.0 turbo diesel makes 132 kW and 400 Nm from a very low 1 500 rpm and the 4MOTION system can send this power to all wheels through a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. Selling for R955 400 with a five-year/60 000km maintenance plan, a three-year/120 000 km warranty, the Pan-Americana faces stiff competition from Merc’s V-Class 250 D and Hyundai’s H1 Bus. Merc currently offers R25 000 deal assist on their van’s R949 020 price, with service intervals of up to 40 000 km, a more powerful turbo diesel (140 kW and 440 Nm) and a six-year/100 000 km maintenance plan. The nine-seater, automatic H1 sells for R639 900, with a best-in-class seven-year or 200 000 km warranty.