Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is introducing the fourth generation of the hugely popular Caddy in South Africa. A showcase for Volkswagen’s innovation and passion for perfection, the Caddy has become the default choice for private buyers and fleet operators around the world. The second best-selling model in Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ range after the Transporter, the Caddy combines space efficiency with sleek Volkswagen design and affordable running costs. Around 1.5 million units (23 400 sold in South Africa) of the third generation model were sold worldwide during its eleven years of production.
With a host of new state-of-the-art technologies as well as comfort, convenience and safety features, the new Caddy is set to continue the success of its predecessors.
Wearing a striking new look that incorporates the very latest Volkswagen design language, the new Caddy is available in commercial and passenger-carrying variants, offering customers great flexibility and configuration options to suit every need, taste and budget.
The new Caddy will be available in four derivatives. Panel Van and Crew Bus will appeal to commercial customers. Trendline and Alltrack, which replaces Cross Caddy, are aimed at private customers.
The Panel Van, Crew Bus and Trendline are offered with the options of short or long (Maxi) wheelbases. In the Panel Van derivative, the Maxi version adds 469 mm to the short wheelbase’s already generous 1,781 mm load compartment and a load capacity of 4.2m3 (SWB 3.2m3).
The new Caddy is offered with an option of three engines – one 1.6 MPI petrol and two 2.0 TDIs. The 1.6-litre engine with 81kW is only available with Panel Van and Crew Bus derivatives. Whilst the 2.0 TDI engines with power output ranging from 81kW to 103kW are offered with Crew Bus, Trendline and Alltrack derivatives.
The 1.6-litre with 81kW and 2.0 TDI with 81kW are available in combination with a five-speed manual transmission. The 2.0 TDI with 103kW is only available with the 6-speed DSG transmission.
The fourth-generation Caddy also sets a new benchmark in the class for its array of safety and convenience systems. All models are equipped with Volkswagen’s Automatic Post-Collision Braking system that reduces the risk or severity of a secondary collision by controlling the speed and path of the vehicle after the first impact.
The new Caddy also features a host of new systems designed to make life easier on board. It is offered with the optional Park Distance Control with rear-view reversing camera to help reduce the risk of damage when manoeuvring and Driver Alert (Fatigue Detection) systems.
The Caddy’s new exterior builds on the strengths of its award-winning predecessor and introduces an even cleaner, crisper and more modern appearance. With particular attention paid to the front and rear, the fourth-generation Caddy delivers a sophisticated look that gives it powerful road presence. Among the many new styling features introduced on the new Caddy is a new unglazed tailgate that neatly integrates a roof spoiler and high-level third brake light. The roof spoiler is not available with the optional rear wing doors.
In the cabin, the Caddy introduces a completely new look with a redesigned dashboard, centre console and switchgear. Also new is the most advanced range of infotainment systems ever offered on the Caddy. The Crew Bus is equipped with Composition Audio radio with LCD screen as standard. Meanwhile, the Trendline is fitted with Composition Colour radio touch-screen system as standard. Customer are able to upgrade to an even higher specification Composition Media system with USB interface, AUX In jack, cellphone interface and 4-speakers.
The fourth-generation Caddy is built at Volkswagen’s production facility in Pozna?, Poland. More than two million Caddy models have been built at this plant since the first model rolled off the line in 2003.
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