ACWWG: Volkswagen debuts Caddy Black Edition in the UK


Here's another one from the Another Car We Won't Get files (ACWWG), the Volkswagen Caddy Black Edition...much less the Caddy. The Caddy is probably closest to the Ford Transit Connect in use and concept with what is obviously a Golf that has been fitted for commercial use (not a bad thing actually). The new Black Edition Caddy is an "upscale" version of the vanlet with special Deep Black Pearlescent paint, special wheels, body-colored accents, Alcantara and leather interior, suspension updates, cruise control, hill-hold assist, trip computer, and lots more added to the Highline model which ultimately ends up with a just under $2,000 savings (versus ordering the options separately). The Caddy BE gets VW's 1.6-liter diesel engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission for fuel sipping to the tune of 55.4 mpg (combined) Imperial (euro standard). What you've got is an attractive vehicle that will get you to the job in style with economy. For more specifics, check out the release after the jump. Gee VW, Ford is doing well with the Transit Connect, so how about bringing the Caddy to the US...

Source: Press Release after the "read more" jump.


Press Release:
NEW VOLKSWAGEN CADDY BLACK EDITION: PREMIUM PRACTICALITY IN A STRIKING NEW PACKAGE


  • Limited-run Caddy Black Edition on sale from October until December 2014
  • Deep Black Pearlescent paint and unique styling features as standard
  • Leather and Alcantara interior trim plus generous equipment specification
  • Retail prices start from £17,860 (OTR ex. VAT)
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is bringing out the dark side of its Caddy range with the introduction of a sleek new special model. Called the Caddy Black Edition, it’s based on the popular Highline specification but includes £2,150 of additional equipment, representing a customer saving of £1,350. The striking new model goes on sale 1 October and is available until 31 December 2014.

The multi award-winning Caddy is the first Volkswagen commercial vehicle to be offered in prestigious Black Edition form and features a premium specification that makes it the most luxurious Caddy ever built.

Bolstering a Highline specification that already includes body-coloured bumpers, mirrors and door handles, fog lights, rear parking sensors, climatic air conditioning, cruise control, Bluetooth phone connectivity with trip computer and multi-function display, the Caddy Black Edition has considerablekerb appeal thanks to its striking Deep Black Pearlescent paint, unique black and polished 17-inch alloy wheels and silver roof rails and radiator grille surround.  Drivers also benefit from a multi-functional steering wheel, leather gear knob and gaiter, heated wing mirrors and electric windows as standard.

Available in short-wheelbase panel van form only, the Caddy Black Edition is powered by a frugal 1.6-litre TDI common rail direct injection engine that develops 102PS and 250Nm of torque, and is offered with a five-speed manual transmission. BlueMotion Technology - which includes hill-hold assist, energy recuperation and start/stop - means drivers can expect fuel economy of 55.4mpg (combined) and low CO2 emissions of just 134g/km.

To give the Black Edition a sportier appearance and improved handling the Dynamic Suspension reduces the ride height by 27mm. Inside, the seats are trimmed in leather and Alcantara while the cabin is separated from the load cube by a full-height solid bulkhead.

As with all Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, the Caddy Black Edition is more than just a visually attractive package. Despite its premium features, the Black Edition is every bit as practical and hard-working as any Caddy model. Its load volume of 3.2cu metres makes its one of the most spacious vans in the sector.
The new Caddy Black Edition goes on sale from 1 October with an on-the-road price tag of £17,860 (ex. VAT).

Caddy Black Edition specification
Exterior:
  • Deep Black pearlescent paint
  • Body-coloured bumpers, wing mirror housing & door handles
  • Body-coloured side strips & side door cover (exclusive)
  • Glazed rear wing doors with opaque blackout tint (excluding heating & wash/wipe)
  • Passenger-side sliding door
  • Front fog lights including cornering function
  • Radiator grille with chrome-plated strips (exclusive)
  • Roof rails in bright polished silver (exclusive)
  • Budapest black & bright polished 17” alloy wheels (exclusive)
  • Locking wheel bolts
  • ‘Black Edition’ badges to each side (exclusive)
  • Dynamic suspension (lowered 27mm)
Interior:
  • Black leather/Alcantara premium upholstery (exclusive)
  • Leather multi-functional steering wheel
  • Leather gear knob and gaiter
  • Reach and rake adjustable steering column
  • Height, reach and rake adjustment for both front seats
  • Adjustable lumbar support for both front seats
  • Storage compartments under both front seats
  • Drinks holders and storage in centre console
  • Vanity mirror for both sun visors
  • Dashboard with tray cover
  • Open glove compartment
  • Carpet floor covering
Functions:
  • RCD 310 radio/single CD with 2 speakers
  • Aux-in socket to glove-box
  • Bluetooth telephone connectivity
  • Multi-functional steering wheel
  • Trip computer with multi-functional display
  • Electrically adjustable & heated wing mirrors
  • Electric front windows
  • Climatic manual air-conditioning
  • Dust & pollen filter
  • Servotronic speed-sensitive power steering
  • Parking sensors (rear)
  • Cruise control (BlueMotion Technology)
  • Hill-hold assist (BlueMotion Technology)
  • Start/stop system (BlueMotion Technology)
  • Regenerative braking (BlueMotion Technology)
Cargo area:
  • Full height solid bulkhead
  • Rubber load floor covering
  • Two door-activated interior lights
  • Six load–lashing rings
Safety and security:
  • Driver/passenger airbags with deactivation
  • Driver/passenger side and curtain airbags
  • Halogen main headlights with range control and daytime running lights
  • Automatic hazard light activation under emergency braking
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESP)
  • Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)
  • Electronic Differential Lock (EDL)
  • Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Engine Drag Torque Control (MSR)
  • Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
  • Remote control central locking with deadlocks
  • Internal locking switch and two remote keys
  • Thatcham Category 1 approved alarm and immobiliser
  • (inc. passenger compartment control, backup horn & towing protection)
  • Breakdown kit (inc. small compressor and tyre repair sealant)
For full details on the Caddy range visit www.volkswagen-vans.co.uk, or call 0800 717131. For the latest updates, follow Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles on Twitter @Volkswagen_CV or Facebook: facebook.com/VolkswagenCommercialVehiclesUK