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The Apprentice meets the VW CaravelleBack

The 14th series of BBC’s The Apprentice starts tonight, when Sixteen brave new candidates will undertake a series of tricky tasks, with the aim of winning over the hearts and minds of Lord Sugar and his aides, Baroness Karren Brady and Claude Littner.

The winner of the show will claim the coveted £250,000 investment and the opportunity to become Lord Sugar’s business partner.

During the course of the 12 tasks, it has been announced that the candidates will be transported in a fleet of Volkswagen Caravelle Executives.

The Volkswagen Caravelle

The Volkswagen Caravelle is no ordinary seven-seater  vehicle, and in a crowded SUV market it has had to offer the wow factor, to make it stand out from the crowd. Marketed as a luxury seven-seater and modelled on a Volkswagen Transporter van, the Caravelle has a lot to offer its occupants.

Before the Caravelle came onto the market, there was no such thing as an MPV, or even a modern van for that matter. Officially introduced with the third generation Volkswagen Transporter, the Caravelle’s mission was to combine the refinements of a passenger car with the comfort of a much larger people carrier.

The Candidates

The Apprentice candidates are in for a treat. They’ll climb into the vehicle via a motorised sliding door to discover second-row captain’s chairs that swivel and slide. Combine this with the three-seat sliding bench behind and candidates will be able to create their very own five-seat mobile meeting room.

The executive spec of the Caravelle is perfect for filming, with the three seat units able to be slid using a system of four rails, and the middle ones also carrying a fold-out table that can be positioned conveniently for any of the five seats. Alternatively, the middle-row chairs can be removed to make extra carrying or lounge space.

There’s also plenty of storage options for the candidates to house all those volumes of yellow pages they will spend time pouring over during the course of filming, not to mention a few take-away coffee cups for an added morning boost.

The Caravelle even offers an extra Good Night Package that adds a couple of extra shelves to the sliding, folding 3 seat bench so it can be converted into a bed, should the need arise!

The verdict

With all the above in mind, we’re certain the Caravelle will do a sterling job for the new Apprentice candidates – it’s a vehicle that can do pretty much everything including eat, sleep and work so the perfect base.

The new series of The Apprentice will be broadcast on BBC1, starting at 9pm on Wednesday 3 October. For more details, go to

Posted by Leana Kell on 03/10/2018