THE last Volkswagen Caddy proved to be a popular choice with British Gas, so once again British Gas goes for another 8,000 Caddy vans, turning to Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles now the time has come to renew its fleet as part of the company’s planned vehicle replacement programme.
The new three-year deal will see the energy company being one of the first fleets to take delivery of the all-new Volkswagen Caddy 4. In total, over 8,000 Caddy Maxi vans will take to the roads in the iconic British Gas livery, with the company taking delivery of over 1,000 new Caddy 4 models this year alone. Compact yet remarkably capable, the Caddy Maxi’s fantastic drivability and ample load carrying capacity ensured it remained the number one choice for British Gas.
British Gas wanted a manufacturer that could match its own reliability with its customers and with its city-friendly dimensions and car-like drive, the most compact vehicle in the Volkswagen range was the ideal choice again for British Gas engineers. The new 2.0-litre Euro6 common-rail diesel engine will also help reduce the carbon footprint of the business due to its low CO2emissions.
The new three year deal was awarded to Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles thanks to the quality of vehicles and aftersales support already received by British Gas, which currently runs 8,500 Caddy models. With a sizeable, well-used fleet, whole life costs were essential to securing the new contract.
Converted to British Gas specification by Bri-stor, the fleet will be supported in the long term by Volkswagen’s extensive aftersales program. Engineers will be able to access any of the 71 Volkswagen Van Centres across the country for regular servicing to help reduce vehicle downtime, and ensure the business continues to run smoothly.
Chris Black, Head of Fleet at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles UK, commented: “Securing a new three year deal with British Gas is a great success, and testament to the quality of the Caddy model and excellent service provided by the Volkswagen Van Centre network.
“British Gas will be one of the first fleets in the UK to take delivery of the new Caddy 4. We continue to work extremely closely with the team from British Gas and were extremely pleased that representatives from the company were able to visit the factory recently to see the first of their Caddy 4 models roll off the line, painted in their distinctive blue colour.”