Caddy Maxi sets new world record

Caddy Maxi sets new world record

A Volkswagen Caddy Maxi on the Transeurasia route has set a new world record by travelling the 9,630-mile Portugal to Russia journey non-stop in eight days, 13 hours and 30 minutes.

On the longest west-east route on a single continent, the Caddy Maxi travelled the Transeurasia from Portugal's Atlantic coast to Russia's Pacific coast through Spain, France, Germany, Poland, Latvia and Lithuania.

Drivers Matthias Göttenauer and Andreas Renz were able to traverse more than 3,000 miles of gruelling poor quality roads in Russia aided by the car's off-road abilities and 4Motion all-wheel drive transmission.

Volkswagen's Transporter range and California campervan already offer the 4Motion transmission in the UK, with availability on the Caddy and Caddy Maxi models planned for next year.

Mr Göttenauer and Mr Renz were the first team to travel the route against the clock, measured using a GPS transmitter fixed to the car. Only two people can travel in the same vehicle at all times according to The Guinness Book of Records rules.

The Caddy Maxi is available as a window van, panel van and 'Life' people carrier with seven seats.

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