Archive for February, 2012


Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Fiat Professional has launched a new special series Fiat Ducato called the Ducato Tecnico, which is now available to order.
The special series Ducato Tecnico is based on the Ducato 35 Van 2.3 Litre 130 MultiJet II LWB HR (L3H2), but offers a number of additional features as standard equipment that are normally available as extra cost options.
In addition to the standard specification on Ducato, the Tecnico adds manual air conditioning, front foglights, Blue&Me with controls on the steering wheel, eco:Drive Professional software, TomTom predisposition on the dashboard, TomTom Live navigator, Start&Stop, special wheel trims and reverse parking sensors.
The promotional price for the Fiat Ducato Tecnico is £16,995 OTR excluding VAT and provides customers with a 26% price advantage when compared to the normal price for the standard specification version.
The Ducato Tecnico is available in Tiziano Red and White. For an additional £100.00 customers can order the Tecnico in Metallic Aluminium Grey.
“In these times when customers are seeking out extra value in their purchasing decisions, the new special series Ducato Tecnico provides customers with great value for money and also with the perfect business van to meet their requirements,” says Sebastiano Fedrigo, Director, Fiat Professional UK.
In the future the Tecnico special series will also become available on the Ducato 30 Van 2.3 litre 130 MultiJet II SWB (L1H1).


Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

A new concept van from Mini - the ClubvanIt seems the natural thing to do for Mini – they have extended the brand as far as they can go in the car market, now it’s the turn of the van sector to receive some attention from the BMW offshoot.
MINI will reveal a new concept at Geneva International Motor Show 2012 – The MINI Clubvan Concept – a compact van for business and leisure, and the first premium model in the small car-based van segment.
The Clubvan concept opens the door to a completely new market for MINI, premium small businesses who want to combine sharp driving dynamics with low cost of ownership, while also making a style statement with their company van.
The ability to adapt goes back to the heart of MINI’s heritage. Calls for maximising the load capacity of the classic Mini began as early as 1960, just a year after the car’s birth, and so the Morris Mini Van was born. With its 10-centimetre-longer wheelbase, separate load compartment and split rear doors, it was perfectly equipped for commercial use. It also provided the basis for the fully glazed, four-seat Morris Mini Traveller, one of the precursors of today’s MINI Clubman. And so, more than 50 years on, the MINI Clubvan Concept sees history repeating itself.
The mini will come with two seats and a flat load area which reaches from the split rear doors right up to a partition grille behind the two seats making full use of the interior’s depth. Six attachment loops recessed into the load floor use elasticated straps to hold cargo in place. The fixed partition grille, made from solid aluminium in the lower part and a stainless steel honeycombe grating, ensures items stowed in the rear won’t fall into the front cabin. The side walls, floor and roof lining of the load area in the Concept are trimmed in high-quality anthracite-coloured cloth.

BMW Mini van
Just like the MINI Clubman, the Clubvan Concept is a five-door car with a twist. Two front doors for the driver and front passenger, two side-hinged rear doors and the rear-hinged Clubdoor on the right-hand side all create useful access.
Will BMW make it? We hope so. It may carve out a new niche in the van sector where Mercedes-Benz are hoping to also fit alongside with their new Citan.


Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

2012 Model Year Ford TransitWe have got a sneak preview of how the new Ford Transit is to look at its launch later this year.

The new design can be seen in the new Ford Tourneo Custom Concept which makes its global debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show in March.

Ford tells us, “this is a dramatic new look that will appeal to customers seeking style, functionality and space.”

Stephen Odell, chairman and CEO, Ford of Europe said,  “Our forthcoming new range gives us the opportunity to appeal to new customers with a fresh new direction, and we have seized that opportunity with both hands.  The Tourneo Custom’s car-like qualities will be appreciated by a broad range of business and leisure customers, and this is a fitting venue to present the vehicle for the first time.”

To keep up with the Transporters and Vitos, the Tourneo Custom Concept will preview a host of new features, including an all-new interior design with driver-focused cockpit, and a luxurious, fully trimmed cabin which has the ambience and high-quality materials of a modern multi-seat saloon car.

The Concept also showcases a number of smart innovations including multi-adjustable and removable rear seating, advanced SYNC voice-activated, in-car connectivity system and the latest Ford low-CO2 ECOnetic Technologies.2012 model year Ford Transit Rear View

The Tourneo Custom Concept communicates very clearly a dramatic new design direction for Ford’s commercial vehicle range, which will be introduced later in 2012.

With its advanced, streamlined appearance, the concept vehicle embodies the same dynamic character as Ford’s Kinetic Design passenger cars – “generating the strong sense of movement, even when the vehicle is standing still.”

“We set out to create a design with clean, futuristic lines and with a real sense of occasion,” explained Paul Campbell, chief designer, Ford of Europe.

The concept is powered by a further improved 155 PS version of Ford’s 2.2-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel engine family.

The Tourneo Custom Concept is based on a new Ford global platform which has been engineered to deliver car-like dynamics, including agile, responsive handling, enhanced ride comfort and reduced noise-levels.

The new Transit range will be powered by enhanced versions of the new 2.2-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel engine, which was initially introduced in 2011; with Auto-Stop-Start technology fitted as standard.

Three power ratings will be available: 100 PS, 125 PS and 155 PS.  All versions are paired with a six-speed manual transmission and feature front-wheel drive.

The model range will include a wide choice of body styles and two wheelbases (SWB and LWB) allowing for extra luggage or goods capability where required.

 “2012 is a tremendously significant year for Ford as we begin the roll-out of a completely new range of commercial vehicles,” said Odell.  “Our market-leading commercials have established a tremendous reputation for value and durability, and our new range is destined to raise this to a new level.”


Monday, February 20th, 2012

Citroen-Berlingo-FirstAfter nearly sixteen years in the UK market, the Citroen Berlingo First will cease to sold in the UK. The total number of Berlingo First vans sold in the UK is approaching 140,000.
One business where the Berlingo First really made its mark is Mill Autoquip, a distributor of car and commercial vehicle parts, which has operated Berlingo Firsts for 10 years. Accountant and Fleet Manager, Tony Watson, with his latest order for 21 vans, snapped up virtually all of the remaining Berlingo Firsts in the UK. This last Berlingo First fleet order was supplied via Citroën dealers Hawkins Motors and PC Tonkin in Cornwall.
Mill Autoquip’s new batch of Berlingo First vans will join a 140-strong, predominantly Citroën fleet. Each van will make up to 50 drops each day, delivering parts to customers from Mill Autoquip’s 17 depots across Cornwall, Devon and Somerset.


Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Van with craneThe new SwingLift FV995 commercial vehicle-mounted crane has been introduced by Penny Hydraulics to meet demand from customers for a fully hydraulic crane with near one-tonne maximum working load but who do not want or need the added cost and complexity demanded by the new EN12999 regulations. These stipulate that any cranes with a maximum working load of 1000kg or over must have additional sensors and interlocks to remain compliant.
The new SwingLift FV995 crane has a maximum working load of 995kg and has been designed to complement existing models in the versatile SwingLift range.

Fiat Vans Bring Strada to Italy

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Fiat Strada Pick-up 2012The New Fiat Strada van has been available from Italian dealerships from the end of January. The Brazilian-made pick up has sold more than 127,800 vehicles worldwide, the Strada was the second most popular Fiat vans model after the Fiat Ducato in 2011.
The New Fiat Strada comes in three outfits (Working, Trekking, Adventure) and three body types (Short Cab, Long Cab, Crew Cab) for a total of six different versions. The most important innovation is the introduction of the Crew Cab version (for Working and Adventure versions), which can carry four people while maintaining a loading capacity of up to 650 kg at the same time.
Equipped with a 95 HP 1.3 MultiJet 16v Euro 5 engine, the model is both versatile and multifunctional. This is demonstrated by the Working single cab version for professionals who are looking for a “purely commercial vehicle”. Interesting is the new crew cab version for mixed use allowing up to four people to be carried plus tools and materials.
There has been no announcement that the Strada will be heading to the UK.

Sinclair VW Put Unique Volkswagen Transporter Doubleback on the Road

Monday, February 13th, 2012
VW Transporter Double Back

VW Transporter Double Back

Overlander motorhomes has worked together with Cardiff-based Sinclair VW centre to create the VW Transporter Doubleback.
The vehicle is a 140PS LWB Transporter with an electrically-driven pod and elevating roof inside. Launched last month at Sinclair VW centre, the extra pod gives an added 2 metres of extra space. The Pod extends electronically, deploying two legs that self-level on uneven terrain.
Peter Gange, Head of Sales, VW Sinclair, Cardiff called the doubleback, “Stunning.”
The DoubleBack is priced at £54,995 on the road. The base vehicle is the VW Transporter 2.0TDI 140PS Long Wheelbase.
“The DoubleBack has been inspired by a desire to see a truly spacious, comfortable camper with all the practical advantages of a smaller vehicle” Craig McCormack, Founder.


Saturday, February 11th, 2012

Peugeot Expert 2012 model Euro 5At the same time as the upgrades to the Citroen Berlingo and Dispatch, Peugeot has facelifted the Expert with the same new range of Euro 5 engines, improving further their CO2 emissions.
The 2012 model Peugeot Expert, still available as a Van or Combi (Tepee) has a new front face, upgraded, Euro 5 engines which are developing the best-in-class CO2 emissions for the Expert Tepee at 172g/km anda 6-speed automatic gearbox is now available on the 2.0-litre HDi 163bhp engine.
The new Peugeot Expert Tepee will be presented as a world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in March and available in the UK, along with the new Peugeot Expert Van from mid-March 2012.


Saturday, February 11th, 2012

Citroen Berlingo and Dispatch LCV models have been refreshed for 2012 with smart new styling, additional equipment and improved efficiency. The upgrades bring the models in line with the rest of Citroën’s award-winning commercial vehicle range, which includes the stylish and efficient Nemo and the versatile and practical Relay.

Citroen berlingo 2012 model yearCITROEN BERLINGO

The first van of its kind when launched in 1996, the original Berlingo combined good looks and functionality in an integrated body style. The current Berlingo, launched in 2008, has now gained further improvements for 2012. The new model boasts a more robust and expressive design, with additional functionality for even more advantage over its rivals.

Among the styling updates, the new Berlingo gains a wider, more defined grille, a new chevron badge rising up to the headlights and a new headlight arrangement. The indicators, for example, are now to the side of the main light units and are underlined by blue segments for an even stronger personality. The lower part of the grille can be fitted with optional static cornering lights integrated with the fog lights. The wider air intake on the front bumper gives the vehicle a more powerful stance on the road and the door mirrors gain a more aerodynamic design to help reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

At the rear, the new Berlingo displays the updated Citroën brand identity. Inside, the existing upholstery has been replaced by Citroën’s new ‘Gazyban’ grey trim for increased comfort and a more modern look.

In addition to its attractive styling, the new Berlingo remains robust, spacious and immensely practical. With a maximum load capacity of 4.1 m3, sliding side doors and 60/40 rear doors opening to 180°, the new Berlingo is able to carry two euro pallets easily and safely. For even greater versatility, a 2-seater Extenso® multi-function folding passenger seat is standard on LX and Enterprise models.

For even greater safety on the road, the new Berlingo is available with Grip Control to increase traction, incorporating hill-start assist. HDi and e-HDi versions can now be specified with a fixed speed limiter enabling the operator to set a permanent maximum speed from a choice of four available limits.

The new Berlingo is offered with one petrol and four diesel powertrains. With improved efficiency and environmental performance, the HDi 75 now emits 133g/km of CO2 – down from 136g/km – thanks to changes including the new aerodynamic upgrades. The HDi 90 now emits 138g/km – down from 140g/km.

The e-HDi 90 Airdream EGS6, which features e-HDi micro-hybrid technology with Stop & Start and a six-speed automated manual gearbox, delivers even lower CO2 emissions of just 123g/km. On top of the economic and environmental benefits, this powertrain provides the benefits of two-pedal driving. To select auto, neutral, reverse or manual, the driver uses a fascia-mounted dial. There are then steering-mounted paddles for use in the manual mode.

CITROEN DISPATCHCitroen Dispatch 2012 model year

Fitting business needs perfectly, the latest Citroën Dispatch is available in two lengths, two heights and combines expansive load space with high standards of on board comfort. The driving position is closer to that of an MPV than a traditional LCV. Ergonomic, efficient and easy to use day to day, the new Dispatch features capacity of up to 7m3, a load sill height as low as 49cm – thanks to optional pneumatic rear suspension – wide sliding side doors for loading pallets and rear doors that open to 180°.

Like Berlingo, the Dispatch gains a new front end featuring a wide chromed grille with a new chevron badge that extends up to the headlights. The model also reflects a shift upmarket in terms of equipment. Enhancing safety and convenience, the new Dispatch is available with hill-start assist and the same fixed speed limiter functionality as Berlingo. For enhanced peace of mind, Grip Control is available for the first time, with the driver choosing one of four modes – normal, all-terrain, snow or sand. This advanced anti-skid option optimises traction and adapts to all driving conditions. An optional tyre pressure monitor is also introduced.

Special efforts were made to reduce the model’s CO2emissions with the addition of aerodynamic panels underneath the body and a ‘volt control’ function to optimise battery charge management by the alternator. This has seen Dispatch emissions fall to 177g/km from 182g/km for models powered by the HDi 90 engine and from 179g/km to 168g/km with the HDi 125.

Final UK specification and pricing details for the new Berlingo and Dispatch will be confirmed closer to the 2 April 2012 ‘on sale’ date.

The “Comfort-Matic” robotised gearbox extends across Fiat Ducato Range

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Fiat vans are equipping other Ducato vans in their range with the automated “Comfort-Matic” 6-speed robotised gearbox, Customers can now speify the gearbox in variants with the 130 and 150 MultiJet engines, in addition to the 180 MultiJet Power engine.
The “Comfort-Matic” gearbox is an robotised transmission that combines the advantages of a manual gearbox (simplicity and efficiency in fuel consumption and performance) together with the practicality and comfort of an automatic transmission.
Great attention was paid to adapting and customising the gearbox for “recreational” vehicles during the development stage. To respond to the mobility needs of caravans and motorhomes, which, by their nature, are used in maximum load conditions, there is a special “UP” button on the “Comfort-Matic” gearbox panel. It automatically optimises the gear shift points to ensure optimum engine rpm in any condition and improve performance in particularly harsh conditions or on a steep slope.
The gearbox offers 6 speeds (plus reverse) that work in both fully automatic mode and in a sequential manual mode with actuation.
Compared to conventional automatic transmissions, the New Fiat Ducato “Comfort-Matic” device offers lower weight (approximately 30% less), greater fuel economy, improved energy efficiency and also a significant reduction in maintenance and repair costs.