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First drive: Volkswagen goes maximum commercial

expands its Caddy van range the long-wheelbase, lean-sipping Maxi

24 2008

VOLKSWAGEN has extended its of light commercial vans the addition this month of the Maxi van.

The new model is a addition to the Caddy range, its better payload, load-carrying and more convenient loading the most important improvements the Caddy SWB (or short-wheelbase).

While has a long history of commercial in Australia, dating back to the with its Transporter, the Transporter was the commercial vehicle #8211; you do not count the Country Buggy as a #8211; ever offered by Volkswagen until the arrival in of the Caddy van.

What called the #8216;sub-van#8217; market at stage was just eight per of the total commercial van market. then, it has grown to 18 per cent of the van market.

According to Volkswagen Commercial#8217;s sales manager Philip this growth in smaller is due to a change in dynamics in the van market. rise in fuel prices, a lot of congestion on the roads and the increase in in urban centres (had an There was (also) increasing in diesel vehicles,#8221; he said.

Mr believes with the Caddy and now with Caddy Maxi that Volkswagen has #8220;managed to the right vehicle at the right in the right place#8221;.

Part of the success can be attributed to its diesel offering. The Caddy TDI accounts for 75 per of Caddy SWB sales.

So the new Caddy van is Volkswagen#8217;s attempt to broaden the of the Caddy and plug the gap in price and between Caddy SWB and the Transporter.

Mr sees the Caddy Maxi Van as a #8220;passenger vehicle driveability, but vehicle carrying ability.#8221;

Based on its experience with Volkswagen believes it will to the logistics/courier and franchise segments, and the withdrawal from the market of the Kia Pregio and Toyota LiteAce Volkswagen believes its Maxi van is the size to #8211; in part fill the void.

While VW not comment on its volume projections for Maxi van, Mr West #8220;this is a very, very model for us, and it#8217;s going to be a model for us#8221;.

The Maxi van identical to its SWB brother from the or rear but in side view the size is obvious. The Maxi Van is longer than the SWB, has a longer overhang and has a 320mm wheelbase.

The Maxi van#8217;s weight (including a full of fuel and 75kg driver) for the 1.6 is 1437kg, Gross Vehicle (GVM) is 2245kg and payload is The 1.9 TDI manual weighs 1507kg at the has a GVM of 2315kg and a payload of 808kg, the 1.9 TDI DSG kerb weight is 1537kg, GVM is and payload is 813kg.

The Maxi van has a maximum roof of 100kg and can tow up to 710kg (petrol) or (diesel) without trailer or 1300kg (petrol) or 1500kg with trailer brakes. The towball download is 100kg.

As any vehicle, the roof and towball have to be subtracted from so as not to exceed GVM. The Maxi payload is about 80kg than the Caddy SWB, and the area is 4.2 cubic metres, one metre larger than the Key measurements include a 700mm-wide and door aperture (the as Caddy SWB).

The Maxi van commands a premium of over its short-wheelbase sibling, and says it believes the increased capacity, the additional right-hand sliding door and cruise (on the diesel) make the extra worth it.

Prices start $24,740 for the 1.6 petrol, $28,740 for the manual and $31,740 for the diesel

The engine choice is between the petrol engine, which 75kW at 5600rpm and 148Nm at and the 1.9-litre TDI engine, which 77kW at 4000rpm and 250Nm at

Combined average fuel for the petrol engine is 8.2L/100km, the diesel is 6.1L/100km with the manual and 6.7L/100km with the DSG transmission. The petrol engine is up to a five-speed manual transmission while the TDI engine has the five-speed as standard and the six-speed DSG automated transmission is a $3000 option.

The safety equipment list is for a #8216;basic#8217; van, with ABS with EBD, Electronic Lock (traction control) and front airbags. ESP is a $650 across the range, and side are available for $550. Park Control is a $790 option the range.

The comfort and convenience items are off with semi-automatic air- remote central locking, a MP3/CD stereo, tilt/telescopic column adjustment, power and height-adjustable seats.

Front are a $295 option, while alloy wheels are $1195. bumpers and side mirrors $895. A long list of accessories including a cargo Bluetooth compatibility and factory-approved towbar are also available.

are about storage more most vehicles, and here the Maxi van makes full use of its stature. Starting from the of the cabin, it has rubberised, recessed trays on the top of the dashboard, a centre tray and unlidded glove box deep door pockets, a width overhead storage and under-seat storage trays (a $95 on petrol and standard on diesel).

Entry to the cargo area is via one of the two sliding doors or the standard barn doors (a lifting door is a no-cost option). is also an Australian pallet-size width, cargo tie-downs and area dome light.

control is standard on the diesel and a option on the petrol. An engine temperature gauge is standard on the but not fitted to the petrol (instead, it on a coolant temperature warning Metallic paint costs $750, while pearl paint is $850.

Volkswagen a three-year/100,000km warranty with assistance on the Maxi van, a three-year paint and 12-year warranty also included.

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