Next-generation Volkswagen Caddy unveiled

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Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has unveiled its fourth-generation Caddy van, which offers improved efficiency and safety compared to its predecessor.

New Euro 6-compliant 2.0-litre diesel engines offering 75hp, 102hp or 150hp, are available, with the Caddy Blue Motion  variant offering more than 70mpg.

A range of 2.0-litre Euro 5 engines, producing between 75hp and 140hp, will also be produced.

Safety features on the Caddy include Front Assist surroundings monitoring system, including City Emergency Braking.

If the driver fails to see an obstacle below a speed of 19mph, the system automatically applies the brakes, aiming to prevent any collisions.

In the passenger carrying variant, Caddy Life, occupants are protected by the use of side and curtain airbags.

Approximately 22% of all accidents involving injuries are collisions with more than one obstacle. In order to minimise the risk related to this scenario, Volkswagen's Multi-collision Brake System is included as standard in the new Caddy. After a collision, it automatically initiates braking if the driver is no longer able to take action.

Other options which are available include Light Assist and Driver Alert systems. The latter recognises any deviations from normal driving behaviour and recommends to the driver when a break is necessary.

Caddy is also available with adaptive cruise control which uses radar sensors to monitor the distance and relative speed to vehicles in front.

The new Caddy will be launched in Germany at the end of June. UK vehicles will arrive later in the year.

UK specifications and pricing will be announced in due course.

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