For that freshly ironed look
The fourth- generation Caddy has arrived to show the competitors how mini vans are done
VOLKSWAGEN Commercial Vehicles launched the fourthgeneration Caddy panel van range in the Midlands today.
The third- generation vehicle saw about 23 400 Caddys being sold to businesses and large families in South Africa during its 11year life cycle.
VW say the new Caddy has been enhanced and refined in every area to ensure that it continues to be the benchmark in its segment. Three models are available in nine derivatives, from the basic Caddy to the popular Crew Bus and the Panel Van. While the Trendline is the most luxurious, the CrossCaddy is the most trendy.
As with all VW designs, the Caddy sports that freshly ironed look with sharp creases and unwrinkled surfaces.
The fourth- generation has, however, moved away from round elements to a square, more edgy look, giving what VW called in its press kit more “presence, exclusivity and dynamism”.
The accentuated lines and shapes continue inside, where a horizontal band with integrated air vents and a new generation of infotainment equipment underline the new Caddy’s modern look.
An engineering maxim that ensure profitability is not to fix what ain’t broken, which is why the new Caddy uses the same engines as the third- generation.
The power has, however, been tweaked, with the 1,6- petrol engine in the Panel Van and Crew Bus now making 81 kW instead of 75 kW. Note, the Crew Bus only comes with this diesel engine.
The two- litre TDI engines are set to make 81 kW or 103 kW and are sold on all the variants.
The 1,6- litre and 2,0 TDI with 81 kW are both available with a five- speed manual transmission.
Meanwhile, the 2,0 TDI with 103 kW is only offered with a sixspeed DSG transmission.
Standard safety features in all models include ABS, ESP, multicollision braking system, driver and front passenger air bags, hill hold ( only available with 103 kW) and fatigue detection ( standard in 103 kW and optional in other derivatives).
The special edition Panel Van Sport features painted bumpers, electric windows and side mirrors, 16- inch Fortaleza alloy wheels, composition audio radio with LCD Screen, climatic manual air- conditioning system and Comfort package ( cruise control, front fog lights and multifunction display).
The Trendline adds electric side mirrors and windows, a CDradio with Bluetooth, USB port and six speakers, alloy wheels, climatic manual air- conditioning system, drawers under the front seats, a leather steering wheel, multifunction display and speed- sensitive power steering.
Customers of the new Caddy can individualise their cars with a variety of the optional features. The optional features for the Panel Van and Crew Bus include tow bar, 15 and 16- inch alloy wheels, park distance control and radio- CD systems.
For the Trendline, the options on offer are multifunction steering, seven- seater package, bi- xenon headlights, light and sight package ( light and rain sensors, cruise control and auto dimming rear- view mirror).
A two year/ unlimited kilometres warranty and a threeyear/ 60 000 km Automotion Service Plan are included with all
The staff at Barons in Pietermaritzburg look forward to showing sedan drivers why a crew bus like that of the new Caddy is always best for family lugging ( Seen here in European specification.)