• The latest Volkswagen Caddy is launching in November 2021.
• We look at how older Caddy models are trading on the used car market in SA.
• The long-wheelbase Caddy Maxi 2.0TDI Crew Bus is the most searched-for model in the used market.
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The new Volkswagen Caddy is scheduled to hit the local market in November 2021, with the fifth-generation version having moved to the Wolfsburg-based firm's ubiquitous MQB platform.
Since the Caddy nameplate has a long history in South Africa (including a certain half-tonne bakkie), we thought it prudent to look at how the model has been trading on the used market in recent times.
We'll be using AutoTrader data covering the period from the start of January 2021 to the end of August 2021, examining the most searched for Caddy variants.
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"As the largest digital automotive marketplace in South Africa, we're able to provide unmatched insight into car-buying patterns in South Africa. The Caddy is a fascinating case study as the new model has appeared on the horizon," says AutoTrader CEO George Mienie.
The long-wheelbase VW Caddy Maxi 2.0TDI Crew Bus is the most searched-for derivative, bearing an average list price of around R330 000. The short-wheelbase version is, on average, listed for some R55 000 less while boasting lower average mileage (46 000km versus the Maxi's 69 000km).
And the two-seater workhorse variants? Well, the difference in average listed price is far smaller between the Caddy Maxi 2.0TDI Panel Van (R239 457) and Caddy 2.0TDI Panel Van (R235 868), despite the average mileage being in the region of 120 000km in both cases.
The Caddy 1.0TSI Trendline is the only petrol-powered variant on the list. It interestingly has the newest average registration year (2020), lowest average mileage (less than 15 000km) and highest average list price (R361 030) of all. On its tail in terms of average list price is the Caddy Maxi 2.0TDI Trendline Auto on R349 945, with the manual version behind that on R306 045.
Using Volkswagen's older diesel engine, the Caddy 1.9TDI Maxi Life also makes an appearance, predictably featuring the earliest average registration year (2010), highest average mileage (185 500km) and lowest average list price (R146 900).
"There's undoubtedly a strong local interest in the Caddy line-up, with a broad range of options available on the used market should the new model prove out of reach," says Mienie.