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The Multifunctional Car is the cutest little camper van in all of Düsseldorf

The new Multifunctional Car brings plenty of color
The new Multifunctional Car brings plenty of color
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Bird's eye view of the MFC interior
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Bird's eye view of the older 2015 MFC interior
The dining table can be used indoors or out
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The dining table can be used indoors or out
The 18-L fridge is small but cold
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The 18-L fridge is small but cold
Under-seat drawers are available optionally
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Under-seat drawers are available optionally
Loaded and ready to travel
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Loaded and ready to travel
The slide-away bumper drawer is a particularly clever little option
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The slide-away bumper drawer is a particularly clever little option
The bumper drawer doubles as a step
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The bumper drawer doubles as a step
The drawer disappears and looks like a simple bumper
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The drawer disappears and looks like a simple bumper
The rear seats fold away and the bed folds out over top; the bed can also be used outside the van (e.g. as an extra bed at home), standing on its own legs
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The rear seats fold away and the bed folds out over top; the bed can also be used outside the van (e.g. as an extra bed at home), standing on its own legs
Empty van interior with available cargo net
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Empty van interior with available cargo net
Car layout with four seats
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Car layout with four seats
Inside the Multifunctional Car
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Inside the Multifunctional Car
This original Multifunctional Car introduced in 2015 was based on the pre-facelift 2nd-generation Doblo
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This original Multifunctional Car introduced in 2015 was based on the pre-facelift 2nd-generation Doblo
The Multifunctional Car measures well under 5 m long
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The Multifunctional Car measures well under 5 m long
Ready for a stay at camp
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Ready for a stay at camp
The new Multifunctional Car includes available roof-matching face panels
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The new Multifunctional Car includes available roof-matching face panels
We at first thought the Amstel lid indicated a Dutch design, but the MFC was actually developed in the Ukraine
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We at first thought the Amstel lid indicated a Dutch design, but the MFC was actually developed in the Ukraine
Inside the fridge module
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Inside the fridge module
Unfortunately, the Amstel was only on the fridge module lid, not in the fridge itself
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Unfortunately, the Amstel was only on the fridge module lid, not in the fridge itself
MFC showed both an empty cargo van and a camper
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MFC showed both an empty cargo van and a camper
The Multifunctional Car at the 2019 Caravan Salon
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The Multifunctional Car at the 2019 Caravan Salon
The Multifunctional Car at the 2019 Caravan Salon
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The Multifunctional Car at the 2019 Caravan Salon
Inside the colorful Multifunctional Car
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Inside the colorful Multifunctional Camper
The Multifunctional Car at the 2019 Caravan Salon
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The Multifunctional Car at the 2019 Caravan Salon
The Multifunctional Car at the 2019 Caravan Salon
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The Multifunctional Car at the 2019 Caravan Salon
The Multifunctional Car at the 2019 Caravan Salon
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The Multifunctional Car at the 2019 Caravan Salon
Ready to cook up dinner in the Multifunctional Car
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Ready to cook up dinner in the Multifunctional Car
Top down, ready to drive
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Top down, ready to drive
The org
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The organizer hanging off the wardrobe includes a removable messenger bag
The new Multifunctional Car brings plenty of color
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The new Multifunctional Car brings plenty of color

Europe loves its small cars, and it loves its small campers. There were a number of sub-5-m (16.4-ft) mini-campervans on show at this year's Düsseldorf Caravan Salon, and the one that really caught our attention was the Multifunctional Car. Not a fancy name but an informative one, the MFC effectively puts three Cs into one vehicle, serving as a camper, car and cargo van. Helping it along are innovative solutions like fully removable camper modules, floor rails and an available slide-out bumper drawer.

Even without the bright contrast roof and trim, the Multifunctional Car would have stood out at the Caravan Salon. In a show focused much more on larger Fiat Ducato-based camper vans, the little Doblo certainly catches the eye, its small size, stance and protruding hood looking more car-like than larger vans. This one is a Doblo Maxi, measuring 476 cm (187 in) in length and 200 cm (79 in) in height. Multifunctional Car offers it in 94-, 103- and 118-hp 1.6-liter Multijet flavors.

The Multifunctional Car at the 2019 Caravan Salon
The Multifunctional Car at the 2019 Caravan Salon

Multipurpose vans with removable/stowable kitchens are all the rage right now, Hymer's Crosscamp and Volkswagen's refreshed California Beach recently joining others like the Pössl Campster. Often these vans include permanent camper furniture, limiting their cargo capacity. The MFC, however, is all modular, allowing owners to strip it right down to the flat 150 x 220-cm (59 x 87-in) floor and bare wheel wells. The floor rails can then be used to tie cargo down if needed, and MFC also offers a safety net to keep cargo contained behind the driver and passenger seats.

Empty van interior with available cargo net
Empty van interior with available cargo net

As far as camping, MFC packs in several modules to turn the ordinary Doblo into a mini-camper van for four people. The pop-up sleeper roof is the only permanently installed piece of camper equipment, offering a 185 x 111-cm (73 x 44-in) bed for two. The folding 200 x 105-cm (79 x 41-in) bed in the cabin offers an additional two berths.

The other primary component of the MFC camper van is the kitchen, which splits down into separate cooking and refrigerator modules. The cooking block includes a sink and single-burner stove, housing 10-L fresh and waste water tanks and a gas tank. MFC also offers legs for the kitchen so it can be used outdoors. The separate refrigerator module comes with a small 18-L fridge and storage space. A removable table top attaches to the side of the stove module to create an indoor dining room or outdoor work table.

The new Multifunctional Car includes available roof-matching face panels
The new Multifunctional Car includes available roof-matching face panels

Behind the refrigerator, MFC places a tall wardrobe with a hanging organizer bag that includes a removable messenger bag. Like the kitchen modules, the wardrobe installs and removes via the floor rails.

Luggage slides below the folding bed frame in the rear of the van. For those who require more storage, MFC also offers available storage drawers below the second-row seats and a clever slide-out bumper drawer that includes a step-on cover for getting up into the van. Other options include a diesel heater, roof crossbars and an awning.

The slide-away bumper drawer is a particularly clever little option
The slide-away bumper drawer is a particularly clever little option

MFC provides everything you need in an effective, little camper, but without having any of the permanent fixtures that change the nature of the van itself. Camp one weekend, haul furniture the next and use it as a four-seat daily driver between.

Looking at the roads around Düsseldorf, it's not hard to see why there's a market for multipurpose mini-campervans. As we walked down one narrow roadway, we tried imagining a US-style heavy-duty pickup lugging a fifth-wheel trailer ... and the sheer carnage and wreckage that would surely ensue. An MFC-style vehicle commutes easily down these alley-like roadways and provides everyday usability.

MFC initially introduced the Multifunctional Car concept in 2015 and gave it a full, colorful refresh this year. It offers two versions, each based on the Doblo Maxi. The "M" model has two rear seats and a driver-side kitchen and wardrobe. The "sM" model features a rear load area kitchen behind three rear seats. The M model comes with a longer list of features, including a 75-Ah 12-V battery, electric water pump, LED lighting and swivel driver cab seats. It starts at €35,490 (approx. US$39,175), while the sM starts at €27,900 ($30,800).

Source: Multifunctional Car

2 comments
Meady
Nice looking van, not really a new idea though. VW have been building multivans for decades with simular features
Rostyslav Oleksenko
VW could have been building everything with its unbelievable capital and number of workers. Here you can see the result of the work of just few people from Ukraine.