Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has unveiled the fourth-generation of its hugely popular Caddy. The all-new model will be launched here later in the year, after ut goes on sale in Germany in the summer.
The third-generation model recorded more than 1.5 million sales around the world during its eleven-year production – a success that the latest generation Caddy urban delivery van, and its passenger carrying brother, intends to continue.
The Caddy’s drive systems use state-of-the-art technology, with new EU6 engines providing improved efficiency. The Caddy range is powered by new 2.0-litre, four cylinder diesel engines. The performance range includes: 55 kW / 75 PS, 75 kW / 102 PS, and the top-of-the-range engine a 110 kW / 150 PS. Recording the lowest fuel consumption is the Caddy Blue Motion panel van, specially developed for inner-city deliveries: “With its low fuel consumption of less than four litres per 100 kilometres (70+ mpg ), the new Caddy sets a new standard,” explained Dr. Eckhard Scholz, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.
The new Caddy range will also be available with quiet, refined 2.0-litre, four cylinder EU5 diesel engines: 55 kW / 75 PS, 75 kW / 102 PS and 103 kW / 140 PS.
In its fourth-generation, the Caddy shines in its class for having a high level of safety features. Numerous new safety and comfort features protect the occupants and support the driver. “To achieve this, we have incorporated a large number of driver assistance systems, which are unmatched in the urban delivery van segment”, according to a senior Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles spokesman.
One of these is the ‘Front Assist’ surroundings monitoring system, including City Emergency Braking. If the driver fails to see an obstacle below a speed of 30 km/h (19 mph ), the system automatically applies the brakes, aiming to prevent any collisions. In the passenger carrying variant, Caddy Life, occupants are protected by the use of side and curtain airbags.
Approximately 22 per cent of all accidents involving injuries are collisions with more than one obstacle. In order to minimise the risk related to this scenario, the award-winning Multi-collision Brake System is included as standard in the new Caddy. After a collision, it automatically initiates braking if the driver is no longer able to take action.
Other options which are now available include the ‘Light Assist’ and ‘Driver Alert’ systems.