CADDY BAKKIE NOT COMING TO SA — REALLY, REALLY NOT
AFTER Car magazine played most of South Africa for April Fools by stating that VW has confirmed the Brazilian built half- ton pickup ( shown right) will come to South Africa, both VW sellers and buyers couldn’t wait for the half- tonner.
The truth is that VW South Africa will not import a bakkie that is already halfway through its life cycle and we may have to wait a models except the Trendline, for which the warrantee is limited to 120 000 kilometres. All models also have 15 000 km service intervals and a 12- year anti- corrosion warranty.
The range is divided into the Panel Van, Crew Bus, Trendline and All Track. To our mind, the best value is the Caddy Maxi few more years for the face- lift before the company even looks at the numbers to see if creating a right- hand steer for export to those few markets that drive on the left is viable.
Bear in mind that all of South Africa’s annual vehicle sales total less than one percent of global vehicle sales, which rather puts our bakkie desires into perspective. Crew Bus 2,0 TDI 81 kW, which lists for R265 200, compared to the basic Panel Van, which starts at R210 800 for the same engine.
The “normal” 1,6i, 75 kW Caddy retails for R300 400 and R40 300 more turns this into the Cross Caddy so beloved by freelance photographers.
Barons in Pietermaritzburg would like to remind readers that the prices are recommended re- tail only, and the staff looks forward to showing sedan drivers why Wheels always recommends a Crew Bus for family lugging.
VW can rightfully assert that the Caddy range sets the standard for small panel vans, which is why the Caddy Maxi is also used as a paddy wagon to cart drunk and disorderly Brits to the tank after a night out in London.
But the German van nevertheless face competent competition in mini vans that range from Nissan’s EV200, selling from R229 700 for the panel van and R290 500 for the NV200 Combi, to Ford’s 1- litre B- Max, selling from R221 900 and Fiat’s Qubo 1,4, selling from R200 990.