October 18, 2019

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles introduce new Caddy conversion

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has launched a new Caddy conversion: a police dog van.

The brand says the specialist canine unit will help support the vital work of police dogs following the passing of “Finn’s Law”. The Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill gives animals greater protection on patrol and is named after police dog Finn, who sustained serious injuries while on the job and gained fame on Britain’s Got Talent.

The new conversion features a removable dog kennel and a complete “blue light” conversion featuring lights, siren and livery.

The kennel has been built to DEFRA/RSPCA animal welfare specification which dictates size along with ventilation and air conditioning systems. The Caddy dog van features temperature monitoring which alerts the driver if the dog is too hot or cold. The settings can be adjusted from the cabin without the need to stop the vehicle.

The conversion, carried out by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ Approved Blue Light Converter PressFab Evo Ltd in Bedfordshire, uses Volkswagen Caddy in Highline trim as the base vehicle. Under the bonnet is the Caddy’s most powerful engine – the 2.0-litre 150 PS unit.

Steven Cowell, technical sales manager at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, said: “We’re delighted by the finished product after months of hard work by the team in partnership with PressFab Evo. Police forces require a versatile and reliable vehicle and that’s exactly what the Caddy offers, and why it’s already so popular with such a wide range of businesses.”

The Volkswagen Caddy is now on the brand’s blue light demo fleet for police forces to trial, having recently debuted at the NAPFM Emergency Fleet Exhibition.