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India deserves a good taxi. We are at a very advanced stage in our talks with a Joint Venture partner for this business.”

– Mr. Stefan Schaller , Board spokesperson for VW’s commercial vehicles business said.

We at IAB predicted the arrival of VW Caddy in an earlier post here. Now, an official confirmation from VW itself was what we were waiting for. The VW Caddy will offer an alternative to the cars such as Innova, Omni and Indica used by the Indian taxi operators. Caddy is technically a commercial vehicle in the UK with no windows or doors behind the front row seats. This obviously will not work in India as a taxi but, certainly has prospects for a parcel van. There would be at least a couple of windows on either side behind the driver for sure – as in the picture.

The main feature that got us interested is its sliding rear doors. Not since the Omni, have we seen sliding doors in any car. This is one reason why the Omni is popular as taxi still. Caddy having the same doors means – easier entry and exit for passengers. It also offers tonnes of boot space, and very thoughtful storage compartments. Overall, a fantastic formula for a taxi!

Volkswagen’s UK division has just released specs for the new Caddy Sportline and Caddy Maxi Sportline models(shown below in the gallery) – 140HP 2.0L diesel engine, 0 to 62 mph (100km/h) in 10.1 sec, and a top speed of 116 mph(187 km/h). We are not sure if the sports models will make it to India, but from what we could gather, the older Kombi Maxi 1.9L diesel and 1.6L petrol versions have a better chance of coming here.

Click through for specification sheet and other details

Specifications of VW Caddy Kombi Maxi 1.9L Diesel:

Engine and Gearbox

Engine Layout
Transverse inline 4
Cylinders
4
Aspiration
Turbocharged
Valves
SOHC 2 valves per cylinder
Bore / Stroke
79.5×95.5
Capacity
1896
Compression Ratio
19.0:1
Ignition Type
compression
Gearbox Details
5-speed manual
Hybrid / Clutchless
no
Number of Gears
5
Manual / Automatic
Manual

Mileage & Performance

Fuel Capacity
60L
Fuel Consumption – Highway
9.4kmpl
Fuel Consumption – City
7.7kmpl
Average Consumption
8.55kmpl
Fuel Type
Diesel
Fuel Supply
Electronic direct injection,turbocharger
Power Output
77kwh@4000rpm
Max Torque
250Nm@1900
Acceleration (0-100kph)
13.5secs
Top Speed
166kph

Dimensions and Weight

Boot Capacity
500L
Load
3500Kg
Length
4875mm
Ground Clearance
173mm
Gross Laden Mass
2335Kg
Height
1834mm
Licensing Mass
1715Kg
Width
1794mm

As far as the VW caddy goes, it is not going to be as cheap as an Omni for sure. More expensive but surely reliable and comfortable, the Caddy we believe will be priced at something like Rs 6-7 lakhs – the price of a premium hatchback. However, at this point, that’s just a guess. We are not quite sure whether to classify it as a car or a van, but what we are sure of is a runaway success once it is released. We would’nt at all be surprised if people start using the Caddy as a family car! More details here.

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