Volkswagen Caddy – carrying on the Kombi multi-purpose approach

The Volkswagen Caddy is one of only a few vehicle brands in the small van category. It has led that market segment for the last 16 years and is still ahead in 2021 despite the current difficulties with supply.


Volkswagen also offers the Caddy as a people mover with up to 7 seats capacity and later you can get California camper version. Paul Pottinger the General Manager Corporate Communications for Volkswagen Group Australia says that it carries on the tradition of the Kombi.


Paul Pottinger: “But I wouldn’t say there’s necessarily a demand. I do like to think that we’re anticipating it. Traditionally, I mean, the most iconic Volkswagens, if we can use that much-abused term in this country have been convicts, which are the original recreational vehicle, which, of course, like the Caddy, started life as a commercial vehicle or as a utilitarian kind of device. But the Caddy and the one I can see behind you in your backdrop is an example of a smaller camper, a smaller RV.

“We’re at a point in the business where the bigger ones and the conversions, which are an increasingly important part of our business, can cost more than $100,000 before fit out and yet the initial allocation of California’s sold out within hours of being made available online.

“Indeed we had to get order more of them. We discerned a couple of years ago that there was a potential for a smaller one. Be they grey nomads or people a good deal younger than you and I David who might wish just to get away for a weekend or a trip. It’s a beach vehicle, it’s a weekend getaway vehicle and, as we say, endlessly modular so you can adapt as much as you like.


(Excluding on-road costs)

Caddy Cargo TDI280 6 Speed MAN




Caddy Cargo TDI320 7 Speed DSG $37,990
Caddy Cargo Maxi TDI280 6 Speed MAN $36,990
Caddy Cargo Maxi TDI320 7 Speed DSG $39,990

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David’s boyhood passion for motor cars did not immediately lead to a professional role in the motor industry. A qualified Civil Engineer he specialised in traffic engineering and transport planning. What followed were various positions including being seconded to a government think-tank for the planning of transport firstly in Sydney and then for the whole of NSW. After working with the NRMA and as a consultant he moved to being an independent writer and commentator on the broader areas of transport and the more specific areas of the cars we drive. His half hour motoring program “Overdrive” has been described as an “informed, humorous and irreverent look at motoring and transport from Australia and overseas”. It is heard on 22 stations across Australia. He does weekly interviews with several ABC radio stations and is also heard on commercial radio in Sydney. David has written for metropolitan and regional newspapers and has presented regular segments on metropolitan and regional television stations. David is also a contributor for AnyAuto