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A brief history of the VW Eurovan & Rialta Camper.

First offered for the 1993 model year, Volkswagen’s EuroVan replaced the rear-engine Vanagon, which left the lineup in 1991. The EuroVan featured a 109hp, 2.5-liter 5-cylinder engine up front, driving the front wheels. A 5-speed manual transmission was standard and a 4-speed automatic was optional.

The EuroVan models offered were CL, GL and the camper-styled MV model. The CL and GL models would seat 7 with a 2 seat center bench a 3 seat rear bench. The MV could also seat seven but had a pair of rear-facing middle buckets seats, a swing-up middle table and a rear bench that could fold flat into a bed. The MV was available with an optional Weekender Package. The camping oriented package included a pop-up roof with an integral double bed. A refrigerator and screened windows with curtains were part of the package. Front and rear air conditioning is standard on the MV and on the GL model.

For 1995 the only EuroVans marketed by VW were the EuroVan Campers, built with the assistance of Winnebago. These camper vans went a step further than the Weekenders by offering a kitchen with a 2-burner LP stove, a larger refrigerator, stainless-steel sink, storage cabinets and a 12-gallon fresh water tank.

In 1999 after a 4 year absents; Volkswagen revived the regular EuroVan. Similar in design to the earlier models but now powered by a 140hp VR6 engine. The only available transmission is a 4-speed automatic. Traction control and ABS brakes are now standard. In 2001 the EuroVan gained an additional 61 horsepower.

The final year for the EuroVan was 2003, because of slow sales it was dropped form VW the line-up.

The Rialta camper van starts life as a VW EuroVan. Winnebago Industries then takes it to the level of a World Class Motorhome. The Rialta is stretched to 22-feet in length and equipped with full motor home amenities including, a fully equipped galley, bathroom, dining/sleeping areas and a large translucent skylight. With the 201hp VR6 engine and front-wheel-drive the Rialta offers good fuel efficiency and maneuverability.

Check back later, we will be adding more specifications and history for the EuroVan.

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