The Ford Transit was chosen by British Gas when asked which van best suited the needs of their central heating installation engineers. This compatibility was one of the key factors that resulted in an order for 520 Ford Transit models from British Gas.
British Gas chose the Ford Transit primarily for its economy and low emissions, provided by its Dagenham-built 125PS 2.2-litre TDCi diesel engine.
The Ford Transit also enabled British Gas operators to achieve significant cost savings by recycling the racking systems fitted to their existing Transit models.
Colin Marriott, fleet general manager, British Gas, said: “It was a no-brainer really, the vans used by our central heating installation engineers are a vital resource for them and they love the Transit. When we asked, they said: ‘Give us the same again, please.’
Customers can make big savings on Vauxhall’s van range – from Corsavan, to Combo, Vivaro and Movano – at its Big Van Event, running from 17th to 27th May throughout the UK.
The Big Van Event offers new van buyers £500 of free fuel, up to 20 per cent off selected van accessories along with Vauxhall’s ‘4×4’ offer, which includes four years zero per cent APR finance, a four year warranty, four year breakdown assistance cover and four years’ free servicing.
The multi award-winning Combo also gets £500 customer saving across the range. Combo is available with five different engines, CO2 emissions as low as 126g/km and a combined fuel economy of up to 58.9mpg. Buyers can choose from two wheelbases and two roof heights, making it suitable for a variety of uses and professions.
During the Big Van Event, Vivaro and Movano models will continue to be offered with free Plus Packs. For the Vivaro, this includes air conditioning, vehicle alarm and electric pack, worth more than £1,000. Movano models come with air conditioning, vehicle alarm, trip computer and rear parking sensors, worth more than £1,400.
“The Big Van Event offers van buyers unbeatable value and is a great time for drivers to get behind the wheel of a new Vauxhall van, from Corsavan to Movano,” said Richard Collier, Vauxhall’s National Commercial Vehicle Sales Manager.
Terms and conditions apply. Retail customers only and orders must be placed by 27th May.
Volkswagen van have released images of their Amarok Power-Pickup concept featuring a 3.0-litre V6 TDI engine with a power output of 272 PS.
The Power-Pickup, based on an Amarok single cab, is designed as a rolling workshop to carry spare parts, tools and race equipment, with performance to take it from standstill to 62 mph in 7.9 seconds in conjunction with an eight-speed automatic transmission and permanent 4MOTION transmission.
The striking exterior design features widened wheelarches to accommodate 22 inch alloy wheels, 80 mm lowered suspension, bi-xenon headlights with chrome surround and a chrome grille plus an enlarged lower air intake. At the rear there is also a carbon fibre diffuser and dual exhausts, plus tinted taillights and red, white and black side decals.
Inside, the dashboard, door trims and exclusive Nubuck leather sports seats have a black, red and white colour theme. In-car entertainment is supplied via an infotainment system with an eight-inch touchscreen and 500 watt subwoofer.
The new Citroën Relay 30 L1H1 e-HDi 130 and Relay 35 L3H2 e-HDi 130 Stop & Start 6-speed manual vans are now on sale after their CV Show debut last month. With this launch, Citroën now has three Stop & Start equipped LCV models on sale in the UK (Nemo, Berlingo and Relay).
At 32.5mpg (8.7l/100km) the Urban Cycle fuel economy of the Relay 30 L1H1 e-HDi 130 Stop & Start van is 9.2% more economical than the Relay 30 L1H1 HDi 110 6 speed manual van and its CO2 emissions are 10g/km lower, at 189g/km. In addition to having the best Urban Cycle fuel economy in the Relay range the new Relay 30 L1H1 e-HDi 130 Stop & Start also boasts the Relay range’s best Combined Cycle fuel economy of 39.2mpg (7.2l/100km).
The Relay 35 L3H2 e-HDi 130 Stop & Start 6-speed manual van’s 27.7mpg (10.2l/100km) Urban Cycle fuel economy is 5% better than its non-Stop & Start equivalent – and its CO2 emissions of 224g/km are 5g/km lower.
Citroën Contract Motoring (CCM) has just launched some new contract hire offers on a choice of Berlingo, Dispatch and Relay Enterprise vans. These special 2 year/20,000 mile, non-maintenance contract hire deals are based on a 6 + 23 monthly payments profile and include free of charge metallic paint. Customers can also add a low-cost maintenance option (excluding tyres) from an extra £6.77 + VAT per month.
The CCM Enterprise Spring offers programme, is available on the following models registered by 30 June 2013:-
Berlingo HDi 75 manual L1 625 Enterprise van for £149 + VAT per month*.
Berlingo HDi 90 manual L1 850 Enterprise van for £149 + VAT per month*.
Dispatch HDi 125 6-speed manual L2H1 1200 Enterprise van for £229 + VAT per month*.
Relay 35 L3H2 HDi 130 6-speed manual Enterprise van for £259 + VAT per month*.
Standard equipment on Enterprise models includes:
rear parking sensors
Connecting Box (Bluetooth® system & USB socket)
Trafficmaster Smartnav (dynamic satellite navigation)
Trackstar (stolen vehicle tracking)
nearside sliding side load door
remote central locking
full steel bulkhead & electrically adjustable & heated door mirrors (Dispatch & Relay Enterprise)
Isuzu UK posted record single-month sales in March 2013, with deliveries of their D-Max pick-up in the UK totalling 824.
With the D-Max range now at full strength in single, double and extended cab configurations, Isuzu has sold 1173 vehicles in the first quarter of 2013.
The latest figures confirm Isuzu as the fastest growing pick-up Brand in the UK – in a sector which is itself showing strong growth – as well as market leader in retail sales.
Isuzu has also marked the start of 2013 with the introduction of a new range of accessories, and special Work Pack offer on its Eiger model
William Brown, General Manager at Isuzu UK commented: “The Isuzu D-Max is now appealing to a wider range of buyers, building on the initial success of the vehicle after its mid-year launch in 2012. The figures are all the more impressive when you consider that a large proportion of these sales are to retail buyers. With a renewed focus on the fleet sector as we enter Q2, we are confident that Isuzu will continue to build a strong presence in the pick-up sector throughout the year.”
TruckForce, Goodyear Dunlop’s dedicated mobile service and breakdown network, has ordered more Sprinters to join its fleet.
The 60 additional Sprinter 313 CDIs are now being delivered at a rate of one per day by Birmingham dealer Midlands Truck & Van.
Based across TruckForce’s 15 operating centres, which act as hubs for the organisation’s satellite locations across England and Wales, they are being used by technicians who repair, replace and service customers’ tyres at their premises or at the roadside.
Citroen has received an order from Tees Valley based Vela Group for 137 vans and cars to replace the bulk of its 200-strong vehicle fleet. In total, the supplying dealer, Springfield Citroën Gateshead will deliver more than 120 Citroën Dispatch L2 1200 vans made up of HDi 90 H1 and HDi 95 H2 versions. Also included in the order are eight Citroën Relay 35 L3 H2 HDi 130 vans, a Nemo 1.3 HDi Stop & Start EGS 660 LX van, three C3 VTR+ HDi 70 manual cars and a pair of C-Zero electric cars.
The new Euro 6 Sprinter will come with an extra five new assistance and safety systems. The systems include three world premieres for this category of vehicle: Crosswind Assist, Collision Prevention Assist and Blind Spot Assist. Expect to sere the new van this Summer.
Preventing accidents from happening in the first place – active safety – is the focus.
Crosswind Assist keeps a van safely on course when the wind is gusting strongly. The Collision Prevention Assist alerts the driver if the vehicle gets too close to other moving vehicles on the road ahead or to the end of a queue of traffic, while the Blind Spot Assist warns a driver that is about to change lane that vehicles in the next lane are dangerously close. Also new are the Lane Keeping Assist and Highbeam Assist.
Mitsubishi have revealed their view if a diesel electric hybrid L200 at the Geneva Motor show.
Labelled ‘Concept GR-HEV’, Mitsubishi will try to tap into the large European sales numbers of L200’s (over 615,000 units, out of the 1.42 million units exported between 1992 and 2012).
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