Story: COLIN DAWSON
HOW do you fancy a Volkswagen Caddy or Transporter with a host of desirable extras as standard? Well, to offer customers better value for money, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has introduced high-specification Trendline and Highline models across its Caddy and Transporter ranges.
The new Caddy Trendline gains specification worth up to £1,555 (ex-VAT), but costs only £900 (ex-VAT) over the standard model, representing a customer saving of over £650.
Caddy Trendline equipment includes Bluetooth connectivity, an upgraded CD/radio with ParkPilot display for rear parking sensors, cruise control, electric windows, height-adjustable passenger seat, heated and electrically operated door mirrors, storage compartments under the front seats, vanity mirrors in the sun visors and a cover for the dashboard centre storage compartment.
Externally, the Trendline has been spruced up with wheel trims and body-coloured bumpers, door mirrors and door handles.
The Caddy Highline costs £1,900 (ex-VAT) more than the standard model, but has additional specification worth up to £3,245 (ex-VAT). This includes all the enhancements of the Trendline model, plus climatic air conditioning, a leather-covered steering wheel and gear knob, alloy wheels, front fog lights and an alarm.
The Transporter Trendline models are given an upgraded CD/radio with ParkPilot display and AUX-IN socket, Bluetooth, trip computer and multifunction display, cruise control, full bulkhead (on the panel van), driver’s seat armrests, comfort pack and premium dashboard, Tasamo cloth upholstery, wheel trims, rear parking sensors and body-coloured bumpers, door mirrors and door handles.
Kombi Trendline models also have privacy glass plus armrests and height and lumbar adjustment for single passenger seats. The Transporter Trendline costs an additional £1,100 for the panel version and £1,250 for the Kombi, representing savings of £750 and £800 respectively against the book value of the added specification.
For an additional £1,100 (ex-VAT) for the panel van and £1,200 (ex-VAT) for the Kombi, business van buyers can upgrade from the Trendline to the Highline model. The additional Highline specification includes a leather-covered steering wheel and gear knob, climatic air conditioning and a Thatcham-approved alarm, plus alloy wheels and front fog lights.
The Highline extras are worth up to £3,595 (ex-VAT) for the panel van and up to £3,795 (ex-VAT) for the Kombi, yet the additional cost is only £2,200 (ex-VAT) or £2,450 (ex-VAT) respectively, over the standard model.
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