Westfalia has just released some pictures of its new-for-2014 Westfalia camper van, and it isn’t a Volkswagen. It’s a diesel-powered Ford Transit van, and you can consider my mind thoroughly exploded.
For those of you not “in the know”, Westfalias are a thing. When you talk about Westfalia, though, most people immediately think of Volkswagen’s classic air-cooled Bus, fitted with a pop-up tent top, fold-down seats, a cooktop, and even a kitchen sink. It’s iconic, and not in the over-used “everything’s iconic” sort of way that everything’s “iconic” these days, you know? People actually had these things posted up on their walls. Like this:
What most people don’t know is that Westfalia has a long history of converting European vans into campers. They exist in a sort of nebulous RV-classification zone that, in the US, makes them something more than a B class, and less than a C class RV. Some companies, like Airstream, call these models “Interstates” or “B+ vans”, and they seem to be doing a good job of driving sales of the Mercedes Sprinter vans on which they’re based.
The question, then, is whether or not a new, 2014 Westfalia will be making an appearance on American shores next year when Ford’s larger Transit van goes on sale with an innovative, high-mpg, 5-cylinder Ecoboost diesel. If it does, expect a new American-market Westfalia to cost something more than its $71,000 European cousin. You can check it out in the photo gallery, below. Enjoy!