The name stands for a nine-seater Caravelle people carrier, which was first built in 1979 based on the Volkswagen Transporter T3. In contrast to the conventional VW bus, the Volkswagen Caravelle is characterized by a higher-quality interior. Under the name of the Caravelle Syncro was also available in a four-wheel drive vehicle from in 1985. The Caravelle T4 (from 1990) decreed in contrast to the previous model T3 on front-wheel drive instead of rear-wheel drive. Since 2003, the Caravelle is produced based on the VW T5, which, like its predecessor, a front engine and front wheel drive. As motorization are two TDI diesel engines with 1.9 liter (131 hp) and 2.5 liter (174 PS) are available. The all-wheel drive model was renamed Caravelle 4motion. The T5 is available out of the van variant as a recreational vehicle (VW Multivan as well as a camping vehicle (VW California. The top version of the T5 range is the luxurious Multivan Business.