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VW's British Gas deal kicks off

Date: 21 August 2007   |   Author: Tristan Young

Volkswagen has begun supplying 1000 Caddy vans to British Gas in a deal exclusively revealed by BusinessCar in May.

Speaking to BusinessCar at the CV Show in May, VW van boss Robert Hazelwood said the British Gas deal would help the firm achieve its target of 29,000 commercial vehicle sales this year.

A VW spokesman said: "The British Gas fleet of Caddy 2.0-litre SDI vans has been fitted with a bespoke racking system and a speed limiter, designed by Siemens. The vehicles will all be delivered before the end of 2007 and are expected to cover 12,000 miles per annum over the next four years."

Colin Marriott, general manager fleet at British Gas said: "We're extending the lifespan of our vehicles from three years to four years and may move to five in the future, so we have chosen the Volkswagen Caddy as we are impressed with its durability and competitive whole life costs compared to its rivals. We have had 50 Caddy vans on trial for three years and our experience, plus the feedback from our drivers, has been excellent."