Fancy an 272PS VW Amarok?

May 13th, 2013

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.

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Citroen’s New Stop & Start Relays now on sale

May 13th, 2013

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.

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New Contract Hire Rates from Citroen

April 5th, 2013

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:

air conditioning
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)

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Isuzu Hits Sales Record in March

April 5th, 2013

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.”

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Midlands Truck & Van’s Fleet Deal for CV Show

April 4th, 2013

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.

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VELA GROUP 137 CITROEN FLEET DEAL

March 13th, 2013

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.

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New Euro 6 Sprinter Photos – New Safety Systems Announced

March 7th, 2013

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.

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Mitsubishi L200 Hybrid Concept Revealed

March 7th, 2013

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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GREAT WALL LAUNCHES NEW SPECIAL EDITIONS

March 6th, 2013

The Great Wall Steed 4×4 double-cab pick-up now comes in two new special edition models – the ‘Steed Chrome’ and ‘Steed Tracker’. Both special editions go on sale this month.

Adding to the high levels of standard equipment found on the entry-level Steed S, both models represent savings of at least £800 over the accessories purchased individually.

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Electric VW Transporter Concept in Geneva

March 6th, 2013

Volkswagen have unveiled their ‘e-Co-Motion’ concept vehicle at Geneva. It is an electrically-powered van looking much like a trendy Transporter.

As the van would mainly bwe used in the city, VW have specified that it is highly manoeuvrable with a small footprint with good all-round visibility and a high seat position. The electric drive unit is mounted to the rear axle together with a single-speed planetary gearbox to achieve large wheel turning angles at the front axle. As a result, its turning circle is 8.95 metres, unique in this vehicle class, but greater than the London taxi’s 8 metres. The continuous power output of the compact drive unit is 68 PS with a maximum power of 115 PS.

A top speed of 120 km/h allows driving on motorways, batteries permitting. A modular battery concept manages the trade off between payload and range. A battery with a capacity of 20 kWh could be installed for driving ranges of around 100 km, while a battery with 30 kWh would enable a 150 km driving range. Finally, a battery with 40 kWh storage capacity is planned for the top driving range of 200 km.

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