Volkswagen Caddy update
22nd July, 2010
- New TDI and TSI engines reduce fuel consumption, emissions and cost
- New front section bears new Volkswagen design DNA
- Revised interior with greater functionality and added class
- ESP as standard on all models
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is introducing a new Caddy. The compact van with its rear sliding door system
has been enhanced in several ways. Six new TDI and TSI engines, a completely restructured model range, a more
precise, fresh front design and an upgraded interior, now with a removable second row of seats, plus further
reduced maintenance costs make the new Volkswagen Caddy one of the most innovative urban delivery vehicles and
compact vans available. Globally, the Caddy sold around 800,000 units within 6 years (2004 to 2009). The new
Caddy now promises a continuation of this story.
The new Caddy will be the first urban delivery vehicle and compact van in this class to be equipped as
standard with ESP on all models. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is pursuing its safety strategy of protecting
driver and passengers in the best way possible. The new Caddy will also be the only vehicle in this market
segment available with the option of an efficient 6 or 7-speed direct shift gearbox (DSG) and Hill-Start
Assist. The new version of this vehicle is once again available with an extended wheelbase (Maxi) and –
uniquely in this market segment – with (4MOTION) 4-wheel drive. The 4MOTION being available for the Caddy and
For the first time the second row of seats is completely removable on all models. For the 5-seater Caddy
this produces – loaded to the roof – a cargo capacity of up to 3,030 litres; for the Caddy Maxi the figure is
3,880 litres. Of interest to tradesmen and service providers will be the fact that if the Caddy Maxi is fitted
with the Flexi-Seat Plus pack, the cargo space (on the front-seat passenger’s side) is over 3 metres long and
cargo capacity increases to a best-in-class 4.7m3. The new Caddy can also be ordered as an option with a
bench-style third seating row (standard in the Caddy Maxi Trendline and Comfortline) and as such can seat up
to seven people.
Six new high-tech engines: The Caddy’s new petrol and diesel engines deliver efficiency (all
complying with the Euro 5 emission limits). All of them are completely new to the range and equipped with
turbocharging and direct fuel injection.
Turbo diesel engines: The turbocharged four-valve (TDI) diesel engines deliver 55 kW/75 PS, 75
kW/102 PS, 81 kW/110 PS and 103 kW/140 PS respectively. All of the TDIs now work with very quiet and
efficient common rail direct injection. All TDIs are also linked as standard to a diesel particulate filter.
The 102 PS TDI can be ordered as an option with a 7-speed DSG. For the more powerful 140 PS TDI there is
also a specially designed 6-speed DSG available. The 81 kW TDI is exclusively available as a 4MOTION model
with four-wheel drive.
BlueMotion: The most fuel-efficient model in the range is now the new Caddy 1.6 TDI with
BlueMotion Technology (75 kW/102 PS). Average consumption: 4.9 litres of diesel per 100 kilometres (panel
van). That equates to a CO2 emission figure of 129 g/km and fuel consumption of 0.6 litres less than the
outgoing model with BlueMotion Technology. This new fuel consumption figure produces a range of up to 1,176
kilometres on one tank.
Alternatively the 55 kW/75 PS TDI can also be ordered as a BlueMotion Technology variant. Every Volkswagen
Caddy equipped with BlueMotion Technology has a Start/Stop system and an automatic battery regeneration
system for utilising the energy that would otherwise be lost during braking. With this system, whenever the
driver lifts his or her foot from the accelerator or concertedly brakes, the generator’s voltage gets
increased and is used to top up the battery. That reduces the load on the engine and thus lowers
Petrol engines: Two new TSI petrol engines are being used in the Caddy. Technical features of both
high-tech engines include a turbocharger and direct fuel injection. The extremely fuel-efficient four
cylinder engines develop 63 kW/86 PS and 77 kW/105 PS respectively from a cubic capacity of 1.2 litres. Just
how efficient the engines are is shown, for example, by the 105 PS version with an average fuel consumption
of only 6.6 litres per 100 kilometres (figures for the Caddy panel van; equivalent to 154 g/km CO2). Compared
to the outgoing model consumption has thus been reduced by 1.6 litres. Another frugal and extremely efficient
petrol engine for the Caddy and Caddy Maxi is the natural gas version carried over from the previous
generation, the 2.0 EcoFuel (CNG), which delivers 80 kW/109 PS.
Four new model lines: The Volkswagen Caddy model range has also been reconfigured. This relates
both to a standard upgrade of equipment levels, to new interior materials, steering wheels and other
equipment details as well as a restructuring of the model lines. The Caddy remains available as panel and
‘kombi’ variants, which at around 70% make up the lion’s share of the sales volume (panel van with no rear
side windows specifically for tradesmen and service providers). For customers with more discerning demands
in terms of specification, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has completely reorganised the equipment levels.
Here the three available model lines are now the Startline, Trendline and Comfortline. The Trendline version
replaces the Caddy Life and the top Comfortline version supersedes the successful special ‘Style’ model. The
Startline has been newly integrated as an entry-level model. As the new top model there will also be the
Comfortline Edition (formerly the Style Edition), with which Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles will again be
offering a very exclusive version of the Caddy. Also still included in the range is the camper van, the
Tramper (as both Caddy and Caddy Maxi).
New features: Standard on all versions: new daytime running lights. Optional extras on the new
range include adaptive cornering lights (integrated into the front fog lights), roof rack (standard on the
Comfortline) and the newly designed RNS 315 radio/navigation system.
The launch of the new Caddy begins at the end of September in Germany and the vehicle will go on sale in
many other countries, including Australia, after that. Local specifications will be announced in due