1991 MODEL YEAR OVERVIEW
For the 1991 model year, Volkswagen reduced it's line-up of Vanagons in the USA from eight to seven by not offering a Wolsburg Edition in 1991. 1991 was the last year for Vanagons in the USA market and VW would not offer another van in the USA until the debut of the 1993 Eurovan.
These seven models were:
Continuing from 1990, very basic Vanagon was offered in both rear wheel drive and Syncro 4WD. Not a GL or even an L model, these was only named "Vanagon" with no sub-model suffix.
Six paint colors were available on Vanagons for 1990:
Pastel White, Flash Silver Metallic, Orly Blue Metallic, Bordeaux Red Metallic, and the new Tornado Red color. Not all colors available on all models.
As began in 1988, Volkswagen's stated horsepower for the Vanagon's 2.1L boxer engine was 90HP comped with 95HP for 1986 and 1987, though no discernible differences account for the reduction in rated power.
Volkswagen sold 5,039 Vanagons in the USA in model year 1991
(According to CarSalesBase.com)
Continuing the 1990 initiative, VW offered more aggressive pricing than in 1989 aimed at providing much more value and added content. Air conditioning was standard on all Vanagons except the "base" models and MSRP prices was still nearly $3,000 less than comparably equipped 1989 models.
Notable 1991 features:
While year-to-year changes to Vanagons have been slight since 1986, there are even fewer differences between the 1990 & 1991 models than usual. No specific differences are known to distinguish a 1990 from a 1991 except the VIN and the broader availability of the new Tornado Red paint color, which became available on the 1990 Carat Wolfsburg Edition.
The 1991 Vanagon models share carryover features from 1990 including:
- Black window trim without the chrome molding inserts (1989 - 1991)
- 2 Black plastic front grilles (1983.5 - 1991)
- Rectangular primary headlights, separate square high beam lights
(1986 - 1991)
- Large VW logo in center of upper front grill (1988 - 1991)
- Large VW logo in center of rear hatch (1988 - 1991)
- Black plastic vents at the rear of the rear side windows (1988 - 1991)
The 1991 GL, Carat & Multivan Vanagons had metallic grey aero styled bumpers with matching rocker panels and body colored outside rear-view mirrors. As in 1990, there was no 1991 GL Syncro model. The Syncro 4WD choices were limited to the base Vanagon and the fully equipped Vanagon GL Camper Syncro.
Like the 1990, the "base" model Vanagon had many distinctions, compared to GL models. Some previously standard features were eliminated altogether on the base model, and some were optional. Below is a comparison:
1991 Brochure Gallery (Click any page to open)
Excerpts from the Vanagon Brochure
Standard Features and Options
1991 Features and Options