VW's new Caddy conversion is police dog approved

VW'ssmallvanismadespecificallyforpolicedogs.

VolkswagenhasrevealedanewconversionforitsCaddyvanthatturnstheFordTransitConnectrivalintoapolicedogvan.

AlthoughitlookslikeaconventionalCaddyvan,thespecialistdogvehiclecomeswitharemovabledogkennelthatmeetsanimalwelfarespecificationsforsizeandventilation.Aspartofthelegislation,thevehiclehasanairconditioningsystemwithtemperaturemonitoringthattellsthedriverwhenthecaninecolleaguesaretoowarmortoocold.Thesettingscanbeadjustedfromthecabinwithouttheneedtostopthevehicle.

Theconversion,whichwascarriedoutbyVolkswagenCommercialVehicles’ApprovedBlueLightConverterPressFabEvoLtdinBedfordshire,alsoseesbluerooflightsandapoliceliveryaddedtothevehicle.

Asidefromthosefeatures,however,thevehicleisessentiallyanormalCaddy.It’sbasedontheHighlinemodelandcomeswiththemostpotentengineintherange-a2-litredieselenginethatproduces148bhp.It’sanenginefoundacrossVW’svehicleline-up,andintheCaddydogvan,it’spairedwithasix-speedautomaticgearbox.InthestandardCaddyHighline,thiscombinationoffersatopspeedof119mphandofficialfueleconomyof56.5mpg,Volkswagenclaimsthevehicle“deliversabalanceofperformanceandeconomy”.

Inastatement,Volkswagensaid:“Publicsectorfleets,likepoliceforcesorambulanceservices,oftenrequirespecialistconversions.VolkswagenCommercialVehiclesoffersarangeofconversionstotheCrownCommercialServicefordifferentoperationalpurposesthroughitsexpertin-houseconversionteamalongsideApprovedBlueLightConverters.ThemostrecentbespokeconversionwastheCrafterriotvanlaunchedinMayattheCommercialVehicleShow2019.”

StevenCowell,thetechnicalsalesmanageratVolkswagenCommercialVehicles,saidtheCaddydogvanwouldofferexactlywhatpoliceforcesneedfromsuchavehicle.

“Ourlatestbluelightconversionisafully-operationaldogvanbasedonourVolkswagenCaddy,”hesaid.“We’redelightedbythefinishedproductaftermonthsofhardworkbytheteaminpartnershipwithPressFabEvo.Policeforcesrequireaversatileandreliablevehicleandthat’sexactlywhattheCaddyoffers,andwhyit’salreadysopopularwithsuchawiderangeofbusinesses.”

TheCaddydogvanhasnowjoinedtheCrafterriotcontrolvanandTransporterprisonertransportvehicleonVW’sso-called‘bluelight’demofleet,whichallowsprospectivecustomers-policeforces,inthiscase-totestthevehicle.

Gallery:VolkswagenCaddypolicedogvan

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