The German automaker Volkswagen is celebrating the longevity of its Caddy model with the launch of a 35th anniversary special vehicle — the stylish Caddy Edition 35. One of the available options is a bi-fuel natural gas van — the Caddy TGI, which the company will showcase at the IAA, opening this week in Hannover.
The Caddy Edition 35 is available either as a passenger-style family van or as a commercial ‘panel’ van suitable for small business operations, both available in a short wheelbase or Maxi versions, the latter being 470mm longer.
The compressed natural gas (CNG) powered Caddy Edition TGI comes with six-speed DSG. This is a unique combination in its class.
With a range of around 630 kms in pure gas operation for the standard model and 860 km for the Maxi, Volkswagen says the Caddy offers the best value in its class. It achieves this through a combined fuel consumption of 4.1 kilograms per 100 kms for the standard model and 4.3 kg for the Maxi.
The Caddy TGI has four CNG tanks mounted under the floor which can hold 26kg of natural gas or biomethane (renewable natural gas) and a 13-litre petrol tank. The Caddy Maxi has one more tank, providing total capacity of 37kg. The under-floor mounting of these cylinders means the internal cargo space is not compromised compared to non-CNG models.
CO2 emissions for the short-wheelbase version is 123 g/km and for the Maxi is 126g/km.
Volkswagen has added some fine touches to the Caddy Edition: a gloss black roof, 17 inches of alloy wheels finished in black, and color-keyed exterior trimming elements (Candy White, Cherry Red, indium grey, reflective silver or Acapulcoblau). The inside gets a high quality infotainment system, LED interior lighting, folding door mirror, leather multifunction steering wheel, leather trim and much more.
The non-edition 2016 Caddy TGI is also available with DSG as an option, presented as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox.