Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is celebrating the 25th birthday of the Volkswagen California. The vehicle's production figures are fitting for an anniversary: around 100,000 California camper vans have come off the assembly line over the past 25 years. The California was launched when air travel was expensive, tents were a bit out of vogue, and hence a camping holiday in a camper van experienced its greatest boom in the 1980s. As in years before, visiting and exploring Southern Europe was the primary attraction - but no longer with a tent, towed camper, car or train, but with a camper van purchased especially for this purpose. This led to an entirely new type of touring holidays offering greater individual freedom - two days here, three days there. For Volkswagen, this was reason enough to put its own camper van on wheels: the California.