Go-faster Caddy gets autumn launch

Date: Wednesday, August 22, 2007

{mosimage}A turbodiesel Volkswagen Caddy with a meaty 140hp on tap will debut in the UK this autumn using an upgraded version of the existing 1.9-litre engine. VW expects it to account for around five per cent of Caddy volume initially and believes this figure may gradually rise.


Also set to appear in Britain for customer assessment at about the same time is a dual-fuel Caddy that will run on compressed natural gas (CNG) using a modified 103hp 2.0-litre petrol engine. Caddy Ecofuel is fitted with an underfloor gas tank offering a range of around 250 miles plus a reserve petrol tank said to be good for a further 80 to 90 miles.

The latter might prove invaluable given the paucity of publicly accessible cng pumps. VW believes, however, that many of the prospective buyers will be fleet operators with cng refuelling facilities at their depots.

The dual-fuel package imposes a 50kg weight penalty. Hopefully, however, the gas Caddy will be exempt from the London congestion tax.

Long-Wheelbase Maxi

Likely to pop up on this side of the Channel during the first quarter of next year is Caddy Maxi, a long-wheelbase version of the existing model. The two vans will be sold side-by-side and Maxi will make its debut at the Amsterdam Commercial Vehicle Show this October.


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