The Witness - Wheels - - TRANSPORT -

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.

The com­pe­ti­tion

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.

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