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A price that isn't as sharp as it once was, and a ride that is sharper than we'd hoped: those are two elements that make the 2017 Volkswagen Caddy Runner an option that requires some weighing up.
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CarAdvice podcast 112: How vibrations can make a driver drowsy

Mandy Turner, Mike Stevens, and Kez Casey join you this week. In car news, Holden has announced Dave Buttner as managing director, the 2019 Toyota Supra and BMW Z4 are getting a four-cylinder engine, and the Volkswagen Caddy Beach Camper is coming to Australia. Also, studies have found half of new car buyers don't prioritise safety, and the majority of buyers are keen on hybrids...

Volkswagen Caddy Beach camper coming Down Under for $44,990

Want a cheap camper van that can be driven out of the dealer? Volkswagen Australia reckons it has you covered. The company has announced the special edition Caddy Beach will be available from the fourth quarter of this year, priced at $44,990 before on-road costs. This spiritual little sibling to the Trakkadu is based on the $39,000 Caddy Maxi Trendline derivative, with its 92kW/220Nm turbo-petrol engine and DSG transmission...

The Shortlist: Mobility scooter-friendly boot, $35K budget

Tricia needs a fairly specific type of car: one that can cope with a mobility scooter being loaded in and out, on a regular basis. Doing what we do, CarAdvice writers are often asked by friends and family, and through our contact page: which car is best for me? Most buyers can identify the top three non-negotiable factors that will guide their purchase decision...

Volkswagen Caddy, Crafter, Transporter get standard AEB in UK, Australian upgrades coming

Volkswagen has become the first commercial vehicle manufacturer to fit autonomous emergency braking (AEB) as standard equipment on all its vans, which includes the Caddy, Crafter and Transporter. All vans in the German company's range will benefit from the fitment of front assist and city-speed emergency braking as standard equipment, beating competing brands like Mercedes-Benz...

2017 Volkswagen Caddy range adds diesel variants, budget-focused Runner model

The 2017 Volkswagen Caddy range has been bolstered by the addition of three new diesel variants, and the return of the budget-friendly Caddy Runner model. The new variants join the best-selling Volkswagen Caddy small van range, which until recently had been a petrol only offering in its current generation. There are three diesel versions are all powered by a 2...

2017 Volkswagen Caddy Edition 35 unveiled

The 2017 Volkswagen Caddy Edition 35 has been unveiled, with the new-generation stylised model offered as a panel van and MPV in some markets. The new Edition 35 model bears a few notable differences to the standard Volkswagen Caddy short-wheelbase van and five-seater models upon which it's based...

2017 Volkswagen Caddy gets collision-avoidance tech as standard kit for Australia

The Volkswagen Caddy van and people-mover range now comes with forward collision warning and low-speed autonomous emergency braking (AEB) as standard - an Australian-first for vehicles of its type. Available to order now, the safety technology is obtainable on all Caddy panel vans, Crewvans and people movers, for a small price rise of $400...

2017 Volkswagen van and people mover updates announced, drive-away deals added

Volkswagen has detailed new connectivity updates to its 2017 model-year commercial van and people mover ranges, while drive-away 'Runner' editions of the Crafter and Transporter models continue to be offered. Updates for the new model year include an electric tailgate fitted as standard for Multivan Highline and Executive variants, an updated infotainment system with App Connect and iPhone interface along with new exterior colours for the Caddy van...

Volkswagen Transporter Runner and Caddy Runner vans on sale now

The new-generation versions of the Volkswagen Transporter Runner and Volkswagen Caddy Runner vans are on sale now. Volkswagen's budget-friendly Runner models have been around for a few years now, and these cut-price versions of the Caddy and Transporter are designed to appeal to those buyers who need a basic van for business needs...

Volkswagen Caddy recalled for starter fix: Vehicle may move when unlocked

Volkswagen has recalled older models in its Caddy van and people-mover lines, over concerns that an electrical issue could cause the vehicle to move unexpectedly. The carmaker reports that a particular earthing attachment may not have been properly secured during manufacture. If the fault occurs, the process of unlocking the vehicle could cause the starter motor to crank the engine...

2016 Volkswagen Caddy people-mover pricing and specifications

The 2016 Volkswagen Caddy people-mover range has arrived in Australia, at the same time as the regular cargo- and crew-van derivatives. Available in regular (SWB) and Maxi (LWB) guises, the Volkswagen Caddy people-mover can be had in five- and seven-seat variations, and is priced between $32,490 and $37,990 plus on-road costs...