2013 IAA: VW Caddy BlueMotion is most fuel-efficient Caddy ever

Article by Christian A., on September 10, 2013

The success of the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ Caddy is owed to the variety of versions and engines available. Its popularity is expected to grow further with the addition of the new Volkswagen Caddy BlueMotion – its most fuel-efficient Caddy ever. It boasts an impressively low fuel consumption of 4.5 liters per 100 km (62.8 mpg).

The new Volkswagen Caddy BlueMotion is powered by the 1.6-liter TDI engine with common rail direct injection, delivering 75 kW / 102 PS of peak motive power with 250 Newton meters of maximum torque. In comparison with the already very fuel-efficient Caddy 1.6-liter TDI with BlueMotion Technology, the new Caddy BlueMotion’s fuel consumption has been further dropped by 0.5 liters per 100 km. It is also better than the regular Caddy by a full 1.1 liters per 100 km.

Because of this, the commercial version of the versatile urban delivery vehicle uses up only 4.5 liters per 100 km, which is equivalent to 117 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer. The figures for the passenger-carrying version are 4.6 liters per 100 km and 119 grams of carbon dioxide per km. Due to its 60-liter fuel tank, the Caddy BlueMotion has a theoretical range of more than 1,300 km (over 800 miles).

The new VW Caddy BlueMotion has low fuel consumption levels because of the use of aerodynamic and engineering measures like an engine stop-start function, low rolling resistance tires, recovery of braking energy (battery regeneration), ride height made lower by 27 mm and efficient engine control.

There are four equipment versions available for a VW Caddy BlueMotion with a short wheelbase. It is offered in passenger-carrying versions, as a panel van and as a kombi.

The Frankfurt Motor Show and the Hanover Commercial Vehicle Show are parts of the annual Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung (IAA) or International Motor Show Germany, as organized by the Verband der Automobilindustrie (VDA – Association of the German Automotive Industry) and scheduled by the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d'Automobiles.

Simply put, the IAA Frankfurt is held every odd-numbered years for passenger vehicles and some motorcycles, while the IAA Hanover is scheduled every even-numbered years for commercial vehicles. Prior to 1991, the IAA was held only in Frankfurt.

For this year, the Frankfurt Motor Show is scheduled from September 10 to 22, 2013, on the Messe Frankfurt. Previously, the Frankfurt Motor Show was held from September 13 to 25, 2011, featuring 1,012 exhibitors from 32 countries and an attendance of more than 928,000 visitors from 105 countries. The 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show had 183 world premieres.

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