Caddy pickup from VW
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by Charles Young • Volkswagen is to launch a pickup based on the Skoda Felicia. The Caddy Pickup is likely to be here in November, and will compete against Skoda's own version: it offers a payload of 530kg, a load area of 2.0m2 and is powered by VW's 1.9-litre indirectinjection diesel developing 63hp (47kW). German buyers will also have the option of a version optimised for bio-diesel and a 1.6-litre petrol engine rated at 74hp (55kW).
In Germany the petrol Caddy costs DM16,800 (£7,570) while the diesel costs DM17,260 (£7,800). Both models come with a one-year unlimited-distance warranty.
Safety equipment includes side-door impact protection, safety steering column and an electronic immobilizer. Options include ABS and driver/passenger airbags on both models, and air conditioning on the petrol model.
EJ The VW Caddy Pickup bears comparison with Skoda's Felicia Pickup: the two are basically identical (and built by Skoda in the Czech Republic) but the £5,999 Skoda offers fewer options.
Initially the Skoda has been sold with a 1.3-litre 67hp (50kW) petrol engine, but it will be available with VW's 1.9-litre diesel by the end of the year. An all-steel hardtop with dual doors will be offered, effectively turning the Pickup into a high-cube van: a GRP Truckman top is already an option.