Just a few years ago, nobody thought that small commercial vans would find much place in the US market. But Ford has turned that notion on its head with the Transit Connect, Nissan has joined in with its NV200 and others are apparently keen to follow.

The latest is Volkswagen, which according to Reuters, is considering bringing over some of its small commercial vehicles to the US – models like the company's Caddy range shown above. The newest Caddy shares a strong family resemblance with the rest of the VW lineup in America and would seem to fit right in at the company's dealerships. While admitting that such a scenario "certainly represent an opportunity," Volkswagen of America CEO Jonathan Browning stopped short of confirming plans sell the Caddy or any other commercial van or pickup in the US, saying only that "there are preliminary discussions but no definitive plans."

Of course, not everyone has fared well in America's nascent mini commercial market. Mini recently tried offering its (much smaller) Clubvan panel wagon in America, but withdrew the model from the US market after selling just 50 units.



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      cpmanx
      • 1 Year Ago
      Love it. Thirty years ago VW jumped into the FWD mini-pickup business with the Rabbit Pickup. It was a fun, functional vehicle for the times, but that kind of vehicle quickly fell out of favor. The Caddy is essentially the modern counterpart: Now the light-use truck set likes van/CUV type things rather than mini-pickups. It would be a real niche vehicle here, but...why not? I applaud anything that adds options for taxi fleets and light commercial users who don't want a full-size van. Plus VW could mimic Ford and sell a passenger version as a low-effort way of nudging back into the minivan market.
      username
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm all for it but only if they bring the Amarok in along with these vans I love that little truck and have always wanted it to be sold here
        sparrk
        • 1 Year Ago
        @username
        It's funny how you call it little, while everyone in Europe is calling the Amarok huge :) The only way VW could bring the Amarok to the US is if they build it there, because "thanks" to the Chicken Tax, it makes no sense to import small pick-up trucks to the US.
          King of Eldorado
          • 1 Year Ago
          @sparrk
          Unfortunately, the chicken tax is probably next to impossible to get rid of. Congress is dysfunctional as to just about everything, and flag-waving grandstanders would certainly shout down efforts at repeal under the banner of "saving American jobs!" Meanwhile, it's both hilarious and depressing to observe the convoluted means manufacturers use to get around the tax, such as Ford importing passenger versions of its Transit Connect and then discarding the extra seats and windows to convert them to trucks.
          wilkegm
          • 1 Year Ago
          @sparrk
          The Amarok is built in Brazil IIRC. They could easily "final" it in Mexico and avoid the chicken tax. Same goes for the T5- especially in congested east-coast cities, that thing would shine. Of course, I wouldn't mind being able to get a small camper built on a T5 C/C w/ TDi and 4Motion AWD.
          Georg
          • 1 Year Ago
          @sparrk
          no one calls the Amarok huge in Europe, at least not in Germany, it is in the Ford Ranger size pick up. The VW T5 Bus is even in the base trim level larger in every respect than the Amarok...and the T5 sits in Germany at every corner in every town... not to talk about Crafter/Sprinter size transports hitting europen roads by millions are MUCH larger than a Amarok... the Amarok is the second SMALLEST commercial vehicle sold by VW Nutzfahrzeuge (VW commercial vehicles) in Europ behind the Caddy... http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2748/4197531302_a422c353da.jpg just to see the size different between a base size T5 Bus and a Amarok
      jonnybimmer
      • 1 Year Ago
      If they bring over a TDi model and keep pricing low (make them at their Mexican plant) they should take a serious chunk of the market. The Mini failed because it was almost twice the price of a Kia Soul, had BMW-level maintenance costs, and no one wants to have to bend down to a low car to get items in/out all day long.
      th0mb0ne
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd rather have the T5 (and California) but this will do as well. If people were honest with themselves, something the size of a Caddy (and Transit Connect) is all the van/truck that a lot of trades/delivery need in the city.
      lostjr123
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't know why they don't just make the Transporter in Mexico (or the US) for N. America.
      Felipe Politano
      • 1 Year Ago
      We all know the Amarok would be priced too close to full size trucks like the F150 to make for a decent business case, but how about the tiny brazilian VW Saveiro? It's based on the VW Gol (a Fiesta-sized subcompact) and could be priced really low to be a fun-oriented niche player.
      The Wasp
      • 1 Year Ago
      Bring the VW Saveiro to the US!
      Tom DeFigueiredo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just keep it small like the mohindra truck I was suckered into for a year. 35+ mpg and a bed for my dogs and a sliding big rear window. That be my homer mobile.
      RGT881
      • 1 Year Ago
      Clubvan panel wagon hasn't done well anywhere in the world. It's a flop by any metric in any market.
      • 1 Year Ago
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        imoore
        • 1 Year Ago
        You've been crapping all over the place today, autopoopblog. What's your problem?
        Luis A. Martinez
        • 1 Year Ago
        They are not the only ones build in Mexico,just in case!.....great Idea and the second most popular brand all over the world in this knifed of segment too!
      FuelToTheFire
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm not opposed to this, but make them REAL TRUCKS, with body on frame construction and V8 or turbo 6 power. NO DIESELS. Use the E Series as a model, not the stupid Barbie trucks like the Sprinter and the Transit.
        rbnhd1144
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        Did you forget your meds or are you really this stupid on every post you make, its always the same old Crap, going on about V8s and Econoline Vans...
        mycommentemail
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        Did you even read the title? They are taking about small work vans. Why the fu would I need a V8 and body on frame construction for my locksmith business? Or package delivery? Or catering? Sounds like you have issues around your masculinity.
        Serj
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        A diesel 4 has PLENTY of power for the size trucks they plan on making....all of Europe runs on small turbo diesel 4 bangers...Sprinter as a PLENTY capable truck...
      Ross
      • 1 Year Ago
      A commercial vehicle with a TDI sounds like a no brainer to me.
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