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This Caddy is a Volkswagen, not a Cadillac


You may think of “Caddy” as a popular nickname for Cadillac, and it is, or at least used to be. But in much of the world, “Caddy” is the name of a multi-purpose vehicle produced by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. 

The original VW Caddy was introduced as a 1980 model and VW has just released sketches of the new version to be released in 2020 in Caddy and Caddy Cargo body styles.

In addition to this delivery van version, there will be a family multi-purpose version

“The new generation is going to be very different, yet fulfills all familiar demands,” VW Commercial vehicles said in its news release, adding that the Caddy is designed as a compact commercial delivery vehicle but also as a family MPV.

“In short, 100 percent new, 100 percent Caddy,” it says. 

To which we add, and 100 percent Volkswagen, not Cadillac.

By the way, the original Caddy (VW version) was sold in the U.S. as the Rabbit (and later as the Golf) and there was even a pickup truck version of the Rabbit produced at VW’s assembly plant in Pennsylvania.

PS: It turns out the word “Caddy” has the same meaning in English and in German. It’s a small storage container, for example, “a tool caddy.” 

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.



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