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15 February 2008, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has released prices and specifications for the new Caddy Maxi range which goes on sale on 18 February and creates a new class of compact van for Volkswagen between its existing Caddy and Transporter models.

The new Caddy Maxi is 470 mm longer than the Caddy and offers an extra 1.0 m³ load volume and up to 80 kg extra payload – meaning a 4.2 m³ load volume and a payload of up to 800 kg. It is available in three derivatives: a panel van; a five-seat window van with a second row of seats; and the Life – an MPV with seven seats in three rows. Insurance group ratings are 4A for Caddy Maxi vans and 6E (104 PS) or 8E (140 PS) for the Life.

Prices for the Caddy Maxi start from £12,650 (or £15,583.75 including VAT and OTR costs) for the panel van range, £12,750 (or £15,691.25 OTR including VAT) for the window van range, and £13,008.51 (or £15,995 OTR including VAT) for Life models.

A choice of powerful turbodiesel engines includes: the 1.9-litre TDI PD 104 PS which is available with a five-speed manual or Volkswagen’s advanced six-speed DSG gearbox with DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter); and the new 2.0-litre TDI PD 140 PS engine with DPF and six-speed manual gearbox.

Specification on all models includes remote central locking, radio and CD, front and rear anti-roll bars and ABS anti-lock braking system. In addition, safety features include EBC (Engine Braking Control), EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) and TCS (Traction Control System), while ESP Plus (Electronic Stabilisation Programme Plus), which includes DSR (Driver Steering Response) and a trailer stabilisation function, is an affordable option at £282 (inc VAT).

Practical features for the panel van include a generous overhead storage area, two in-dash storage trays, a centre console with four drinks holders and more storage space, sliding doors on both sides of the vehicle, a full height, solid bulkhead, half-height side lining in painted hardboard and rear wing doors.

As its name suggests, the five-seater window van model has full side windows plus a rear, three-seat split and folding bench seat with a sliding door on the nearside. It is also differentiated by a tailgate with a heated rear window and wash/wipe.

To reflect its appeal to retail MPV buyers and the commercial taxi market, the higher standard specification of the Caddy Maxi Life includes ‘Climatic’ semi-automatic air conditioning, electric front windows, carpet, sliding windows and childlocks on both sliding side doors, four luggage nets in the roof lining and a 12v socket in the luggage area. Externally, the Life is distinguished by a rear tailgate with heated window and wash/wipe, plus body coloured bumpers and electrically operated and heated mirrors.

The list of options available for all models includes alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, a leather trimmed, multi-function steering wheel, cruise control and heated front seats. Separate options for the panel and window vans include air conditioning, an ‘electric pack’ with electric windows and heated, adjustable door mirrors, or an ‘appearance pack’ with body-coloured bumpers and wing mirrors.

The Caddy Maxi van arrives in Van Centre showrooms from 18 February, followed by a national advertising campaign which emphasises the Maxi’s increased space over the standard Caddy and uses the strapline ‘Get more in. Get more done’. The vehicle will make its UK show debut at the CV Show at the NEC in April. The Life model will arrive at Volkswagen van centres during March.

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About Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles

The Volkswagen Caddy, Transporter and Crafter ranges provide a range of vans to suit every customer’s business needs with the back-up of a unique nationwide network of dedicated Volkswagen Van Centres.

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has successfully risen to be number three in the new Light Commercial Vehicle market in the UK with an enviable heritage and reputation for quality, reliability and competitive running costs. For more details, visit www.volkswagen-vans.co.uk.


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