Volkswagen Caddy

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Volkswagen Caddy
VW Caddy (2K, Facelift) front 20110115.jpg
A Caddy Typ 2K with 2010 facelift
Overview
Manufacturer Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles
Also called SEAT Inca
Volkswagen Van
Production 1980–present
Body and chassis
Class Light commercial vehicle
Body style Van, panel van and coupé utility
Layout Transverse front engine,
front-wheel drive

The Volkswagen Caddy is a light commercial vehicle produced by the Volkswagen Group since 1980. It is sold in Europe and in other markets around the world. The Volkswagen Caddy was first introduced into international markets in 1980 and later in 1982 in Europe. The following vehicles are related to the Volkswagen Caddy and are also manufactured by the Volkswagen Group.

Caddy Typ 14 (1979–1996) [edit]

First generation
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Overview
Manufacturer Volkswagen
Production 1979-1996
Assembly Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, USA
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Body and chassis
Class Light commercial vehicle
Related Volkswagen Golf Mk1
Powertrain
Engine 1.5 petrol
1.5 diesel (1980)
1.6 petrol
1.7 petrol
1.6 diesel w/turbo in Canada and abroad
1.8 petrol
1.6 petrol 63 kW
1.6 petrol 60 kW
1.6 diesel 44 kW
1.8 petrol 70 kW
Chronology
Successor Volkswagen Caddy Typ 9K/9U

Released in 1980, the first Volkswagen Caddy is a coupe utility, and van based on the Volkswagen Group A1 platform, shared with the small family car Volkswagen Golf Mk1.

Volkswagen Typ is:

  • 147 = LHD (Left-hand drive)
  • 148 = RHD (Right-hand drive)

History[edit]

Caddy debuts internationally as a Rabbit[edit]

The Caddy came into fruition when Volkswagen was experimenting with Golf derivatives, an estate and a pickup.

Volkswagen of America was interested in the pickup, when Volkswagen released the VW Rabbit Pickup it first was produced at the Volkswagen Westmoreland Assembly Plant in Pennsylvania from 1979 to 1982.

It was known in North America as the VW Rabbit Pickup with trim levels such as LX and Sportruck.[1] The Caddy actually wasn't called a Caddy until 1982 when it was released into the European market after the car had been much demanded there.

The VW Rabbit Pickup competed with other mini-pickups such as the Ford Courier and Subaru BRAT of that time.

Caddy debuts in Europe[edit]

The Caddy nameplate was never used in the USA. Its first use was in Europe in 1982, when the Caddy was debuted on the European Market.

European Caddys were built in Volkswagen's plant TAS in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina from 1982 till 1992.

The original Caddy was produced in South Africa until 2007, alongside the first generation Golf itself (which was sold until 2009). The stamping equipment was shipped from the Volkswagen Westmoreland Assembly Plant, Pennsylvania, the home of Volkswagen's first U.S. manufacturing plant, now defunct.

Engine specs[edit]

The 1979-1984 Caddy pickup used the following engines:

  • 1.5 petrol
  • 1.5 diesel (1980)
  • 1.6 petrol
  • 1.7 petrol
  • 1.6 diesel w/turbo in Canada and abroad
  • 1.8 petrol

However during its long production in South Africa it has been available with the following engines:

  • 1.6 petrol 63 kW
  • 1.6 petrol 60 kW
  • 1.6 diesel 44 kW
  • 1.8 petrol 70 kW

Gallery[edit]

1981 Rabbit Diesel LX Pickup (US spec) 
Rabbit Pickup rear view
(US spec) 
Caddy Type 14 with a camper kit attached to the bed 

Caddy Typ 9K (1995–2003) [edit]

Second generation
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Overview
Manufacturer Volkswagen
Production 1995-2003
Assembly Martorell, Spain
Kvasiny, Czech Republic
Body and chassis
Class Light commercial vehicle
Related Volkswagen Polo Mk3
SEAT Ibiza 6K
SEAT Inca
Škoda Favorit
Škoda Felicia
Powertrain
Engine 1.4L Petrol 44kW / 60hp
1.4L Petrol 16 valve 55kW / 75hp
1.6L Petrol 55kW / 75hp
1.7L Diesel SDI 42kW / 56hp
1.9L Diesel D 47kW / 64hp
1.9L Diesel SDI 47kW / 64hp
1.9L Diesel TDI 66kW / 90hp
Chronology
Predecessor Volkswagen Caddy Typ 14
Caddy II (Typ 9KV)

Released in 1995, the Volkswagen Caddy Typ 9K was a light van designed by the VW's Spanish subsidiary SEAT, and derived from the SEAT Ibiza 6K, on the Volkswagen Group A03 platform, K.

It was built in Spain, at the Martorell factory of SEAT. This version of the Caddy was built from 1997 to 2003 in Europe. Its twin, the SEAT Inca, was quickly phased out when the SEAT marque was re-aligned as the "sporty" branch of the Volkswagen Group.

It is still under production in Argentina for the Latin American market.[2] It received a cosmetic facelift in 2005, similar to the post-1999 Volkswagen Polo Mk3.

Features

  • length 4.2 m
  • loading area 2.6 m2
  • loading volume of 2.9 m3
  • payload 550 kg
  • two rear wing doors standard
  • partition separating loading from driving space
  • instruments with adjustable lighting
  • power steering
  • rear window heater
  • rear windshield wiper
  • dust and pollen filter
  • side impact protection
  • safety steering column with collapsable steering wheel
  • two head restraints
  • three point seatbelts
  • drivers airbag passenger optional
  • ABS with Electronic Differential Lock (EDL)
  • air-conditioner

Note: The Electronic Differential Lock (EDL) employed by Volkswagen is not - as the name suggests - a differential lock at all. Sensors monitor wheel speeds, and if one is rotating substantially faster than the other (i.e. slipping), the EDL system momentarily brakes it. This effectively transfers all the power to the other wheel.

1996–2003 MY Engines

Model
designation
Engine code Displacement engine
configuration
Max. motive power at rpm
(Directive 80/1269/EEC)
Max. torque at rpm 0–100 km/h (62 mph) Top speed Years
Petrol engines
1.4 MPI AEX, APQ 1,390 cc (85 cu in) I4 SOHC 8v 44 kW (60 PS; 59 hp) @ 4,700 116 N·m (86 lb·ft) @ 2,800–3,200 18.8 sec 142 km/h (88 mph) 1995–2003
1.4 MPI AUA 1,390 cc (85 cu in) I4 DOHC 16v 55 kW (75 PS; 74 hp) @ 5,000 126 N·m (93 lb·ft) @ 3,800 14.9 sec 152 km/h (94 mph) 2000–2003
1.6 SPI 1F 1,595 cc (97 cu in) I4 SOHC 8v 55 kW (75 PS; 74 hp) @ 5,500 125 N·m (92 lb·ft) @ 2,600 17.5 sec 153 km/h (95 mph) 1995–1997
1.6 MPI AEE 1,598 cc (98 cu in) I4 SOHC 8v 55 kW (75 PS; 74 hp) @ 4,800 135 N·m (100 lb·ft) @ 2,800–3,600 16.6 sec 153 km/h (95 mph) 1997–2000
Diesel engines
1.7 SDI AHB 1,716 cc (105 cu in) I4 SOHC 8v 42 kW (57 PS; 56 hp) @ 4,200 112 N·m (83 lb·ft) @ 2,200–2,600 1996–2000
1.9 D 1Y 1,896 cc (116 cu in) I4 SOHC 8v 47 kW (64 PS; 63 hp) @ 4,400 124 N·m (91 lb·ft) @ 2,000–3,000 20.6 sec 144 km/h (89 mph) 1995–2003
1.9 SDI AEY, AYQ 1,896 cc (116 cu in) I4 SOHC 8v 47 kW (64 PS; 63 hp) @ 4,200 125 N·m (92 lb·ft) @ 2,200–2,800 20.1 sec 144 km/h (89 mph) 1995–2003
1.9 TDI 1Z, AHU 1,896 cc (116 cu in) I4 SOHC 8v 66 kW (90 PS; 89 hp) @ 4,000 202 N·m (149 lb·ft) @ 1,900 14.4 sec 162 km/h (101 mph) 1996–2000
1.9 TDI ALE, ALH 1,896 cc (116 cu in) I4 SOHC 8v 66 kW (90 PS; 89 hp) @ 3,750 210 N·m (155 lb·ft) @ 1,900 14.4 sec 162 km/h (101 mph) 1997–2003


Caddy Typ 9U [edit]

Volkswagen Caddy Pickup 9U.jpg

Released in 1996 to complement the Typ 9K Caddy range, the rebadged Škoda Felicia Utility was the entry level light commercial vehicle for the VWCV range.

The Typ 9U Caddy was built in Škoda Auto's Kvasiny, Czech Republic plant.

Engines

Model
designation
Engine code Displacement engine
configuration
Max. motive power at rpm
(Directive 80/1269/EEC)
Max. torque at rpm 0–100 km/h (62 mph) Top speed Years
Petrol engines
1.6 MPI AEE 1,598 cc (98 cu in) I4 SOHC 8v 55 kW (75 PS; 74 hp) @ 4,500 135 N·m (100 lb·ft) @ 3,500 12.5 sec 161 km/h (100 mph) 1996–2000
Diesel engines
1.9 D AEF 1,896 cc (116 cu in) I4 SOHC 8v 47 kW (64 PS; 63 hp) @ 4,300 124 N·m (91 lb·ft) @ 3,000 16.5 s 150 km/h (93 mph) 1996–2000

Features of Typ 9U Caddy

  • 530 kg payload rating
  • 2.0 m2 loading area
  • twin airbags
  • length 4.12m
  • width of 1.64m
  • turning circle of 11.2m
  • 3 point seatbelts
  • option of twin airbags
  • option of ABS brakes
  • option of air-conditioning standard in Petrol model.[3]

Caddy Typ 2K (2003–present) [edit]

Third generation
2008-2010 Volkswagen Caddy Maxi (2KN) 1.6 van (2011-11-18) 01.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Volkswagen
Production 2003-present
Assembly Poznań, Poland
Body and chassis
Class Light commercial vehicle
Related Volkswagen Golf Mk5
Powertrain
Engine 1.4 16V – 75 PS (55 kW; 74 hp) – 126 N·m (93 lb·ft) (petrol) (discontinued)
1.4 16V – 80 PS (59 kW; 79 hp) – 132 N·m (97 lb·ft) (petrol)
1.6 8V – 102 PS (75 kW; 101 hp) – 148 N·m (109 lb·ft) (petrol)
1.6 TDI – 75 PS (55 kW; 74 hp) – 225 N·m (166 lb·ft) (diesel)
1.6 TDI – 102 PS (75 kW; 101 hp) – 250 N·m (180 lb·ft) (diesel)
2.0 EcoFuel – 109 PS (80 kW; 108 hp) – 160 N·m (120 lb·ft) (CNG)
1.9 TDI – 75 PS (55 kW; 74 hp) – 210 N·m (150 lb·ft) (diesel) (discontinued)
1.9 TDI – 105 PS (77 kW; 104 hp) – 250 N·m (180 lb·ft) (diesel) (discontinued)
2.0 SDI – 69 PS (51 kW; 68 hp) – 140 N·m (100 lb·ft) (diesel) (only for panel van and panel window van)
2.0 TDI – 140 PS (100 kW; 140 hp) – 320 N·m (240 lb·ft) (diesel)
Chronology
Predecessor Volkswagen Caddy Typ 9K

The third generation of Volkswagen Caddy debuted In late 2003 at the RAI Commercial Vehicle Show in Amsterdam, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles debuted the Typ 2K Caddy panel van. In late 2010 the caddy underwent a facelift to match the new design language of Volkswagen vehicles, the changes included a more aggressive front with new headlights and grill similar to the Volkswagen Golf Mk6.

The Typ 2K shares 50% of its modules with the Volkswagen Golf Mk5 and Volkswagen Touran. The new model Caddy has a more aerodynamic design, the angle of the windscreen and A-pillar is more horizontal, this makes the dashboard big and the bonnet (hood) small.

The full Caddy line-up varies from a Panel Van, Window Panel Van, Kombi (spartan seven-seat version), Caddy Life (7-seat family version), and a Camping version called the Caddy Tramper or Caddy Life Camper.

Caddy Panel Van[edit]

Caddy facelift.

The Caddy Panel grew in size over the Caddy Typ 9K, it measures in length 4405 mm, width 1802 mm, height 1833 mm, wheelbase 2682 mm, has a 750 kg payload, and a loading volume of 3.2 m3.

The current shape Typ 2K Caddy for sale now in Europe since 2004 is a leisure activity vehicle with Volkswagen Golf Mk5 front suspension.

It resembles the compact MPV Touran, and is assembled at the Poznań factory in Poland.

Caddy Life[edit]

The Caddy Life, a seven seat passenger oriented People Mover, debuted at the 2004 Geneva Motor Show. It comes with twin sliding doors and a 608 kg payload.

Caddy Life has a flexible seating system. The two rear bench seat rows can be taken out of the vehicle altogether to give the vehicle 2850 litres of cargo room; in addition, the Caddy Life has a 1500 kg towing capacity.

In 2005, a Special Edition Caddy Life Colour Concept with two distinctive colours, Red Spice and Ravenna Blue, was released with upholstery fabrics, floor mats and a variety of other elements on the dash panel in the same colour as the exterior body, and a leather trimmed steering wheel, gear and handbrake lever.[4]

Caddy Maxi and Caddy Maxi Life[edit]

Caddy Maxi

Debuting at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles presented the Caddy Maxi Life the people mover version of the Maxi range.

The Caddy Maxi range carried over all of the Caddy engine and debuted for the first time the 2.0L TDI engine producing 103 kW/140 PS.[5]

The Caddy Maxi family is 470 mm longer version of the Caddy with 4.2 m3 loading space, this is due to extensions of the wheelbase which measures 3002 mm an extended, rear overhang now 151 mm, plus the growth between the sliding doors and the rear axle now at 319 mm and payload is up to 800 kg to 810 kg on commercial versions.

The Caddy Maxi Tramper, the camping version of the Caddy Maxi, debuted at the 2008 AMI Leipzig Motor Show along with the Caddy Maxi EcoFuel Study.

Caddy Life Tramper (Camper)[edit]

Caddy Life Tramper

Based on the Caddy Life the Tramper or Camper (Australia) package comes with two seats and a table, a fold out awning that is packaged within the rear tailgate, a bed that is made by folding down the seats measures 1.10 m x 2.0 m, also curtains are standard for privacy, options include a 7 litre cool box.

Carrera Cup Edition[edit]

It is a limited (250 units) version for Swedish market. It was based on the 2.0L TDI model with black 17-inch wheels with 225/45R17 tires, a new body kit, white body with red trim, black and red leather sport seats, a fire extinguisher under the passenger's seat, a sport leather steering wheel and gear knob.

The vehicle has MSRP of 250,000 Swedish kronor ($34,200 USD or €22,000).[6]

Caddy 4Motion[edit]

At the 2008 IAA (Hanover Motor Show) Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles revealed the all wheel drive Caddy 4Motion range teamed with the 1.9 TDI engine and manual transmission.[7]

Early in 2010 the Caddy Maxi range will receive the 4Motion drivetrain.[8]

Caddy in Australia[edit]

Since its introduction in the Australian market in 2005, the Caddy range has taken the market lead for Small Van market.

Even with the more premium pricing over its competition, buyers still pay more for the TDI and DSG transmission options.[9]

In 2007, Caddy almost had 42% of the Small Van market share.[10]

Awards[edit]

Engines[edit]

  • 1.2 TSI – 86 PS (63 kW; 85 hp) – 160 N·m (120 lb·ft) (petrol)
  • 1.2 TSI – 105 PS (77 kW; 104 hp) – 175 N·m (129 lb·ft) (petrol)
  • 1.4 16V – 75 PS (55 kW; 74 hp) – 126 N·m (93 lb·ft) (petrol) (discontinued)
  • 1.4 16V – 80 PS (59 kW; 79 hp) – 132 N·m (97 lb·ft) (petrol) (discontinued)
  • 1.6 8V – 102 PS (75 kW; 101 hp) – 148 N·m (109 lb·ft) (petrol) (discontinued)
  • 1.6 TDI – 75 PS (55 kW; 74 hp) – 225 N·m (166 lb·ft) (diesel)
  • 1.6 TDI – 102 PS (75 kW; 101 hp) – 250 N·m (180 lb·ft) (diesel)
  • 2.0 EcoFuel – 109 PS (80 kW; 108 hp) – 160 N·m (120 lb·ft) (CNG)
  • 1.9 TDI – 75 PS (55 kW; 74 hp) – 210 N·m (150 lb·ft) (diesel) (discontinued)
  • 1.9 TDI – 105 PS (77 kW; 104 hp) – 250 N·m (180 lb·ft) (diesel) (discontinued)
  • 2.0 SDI – 69 PS (51 kW; 68 hp) – 140 N·m (100 lb·ft) (diesel) (only for panel van and panel window van) (discontinued)
  • 2.0 TDI – 140 PS (100 kW; 140 hp) – 320 N·m (240 lb·ft) (diesel)
  • 2.0 TDI – 170 PS (130 kW; 170 hp) – 350 N·m (260 lb·ft) (diesel) (only for Caddy Maxi)

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Official sites
Unaffiliated independent sites