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The Friday Blog 29th March - A New Peugeot Pick Up,Tax Trauma and,1200hp? Yes Please...

Published on Friday 29 March 2019 in Van News

The Friday Blog 29th March - A New Peugeot Pick Up,Tax Trauma and,1200hp? Yes Please...

Every Friday Vanarama's resident van expert Tim Cattlin offers his own take on what's hit the news (or gossip tree) in the world of vans and anything else that might impact van operators and drivers across the UK.


A Peugeot Pick-up Pic…

Well,I think so,putting two and two together… Peugeot has already announced their intention to launch a pick-up in 2021,and that they are developing it with Chinese manufacturer ChangAn. The firm has released images of their next generation truck,the Kaicene F70 and,it's assumed that this will also form the basis for the new PSA model. Details are really sketchy but,I've heard that the loadbed will be similar in size to the Ford Ranger's.

It looks quite tidy,and a heck of a sight better than the last Chinese pick up to land on our shores,the underwhelming and ill-fated Great Wall Steed…

 

ULEZ – it's here…

Well,at the time of writing London's new low emission zone is just over a week away. I've written a couple of blogs around the subject. If you want a 60 second read of the key points,click here. For a full,in depth feature this link here is the one you want. If you operate a van in London,they're a must read…

 

When is a van not a van?

For years there has been some confusion when it comes to 'dual purpose' vans (ie,ones with additional seats whilst retaining a usable load area) and as to whether they should be treated as a passenger car or commercial vehicle for taxation purposes. Coca-Cola this week lost an appeal against a previous judgement that two Volkswagen Transporter Kombi vans were deemed to be cars,whereas a Vauxhall Vivaro with a broadly similar configuration could be treated as a van.

The court's decision means that Coca Cola must pay backdated National Insurance,and the two drivers of the Volkswagen vans will have to pay a substantial amount of BIK (Benefit in Kind) personal tax.

The subject is a minefield,and after the judgement accountancy firm RSM said that the rules remained 'hopelessly unclear'. Here at Vanarama,I'm currently putting together a guide which,hopefully,might help to clarify the subject but ultimately these rules do seem to be open to any sort of interpretation. Not a help to the man on the street trying to run a business…

 

Fiat and PSA – the bromance goes on…

There's been some speculation recently as to the future of the relationship between PSA (Peugeot,Citroen,Vauxhall etc) and their longstanding buddies over in Turin,Fiat. Well,wonder no longer. It's been announced that their partnership will continue until at least 2023.

The 'Sevel Agreement' (named after the plant in Italy where Citroen Relay,Peugeot Boxer and Fiat Ducato are produced) also now encompasses plans to produce a large van under the Vauxhall badge. Vauxhall has already stated that the Movano will continue to be based on the Renault Master when it has a mild refresh later this year,so presumably,plans are in the making for an all-new van which will see the relationship with the French manufacturer terminate. Citroen has stated that there is no date set yet for a replacement for the Relay. Watch this space…

 

I'm really not sure about this…


Mitsubishi recently held a competition for dealer staff to design their own concept vehicle based on the L200 pick-up. The winner is this eSports Concept designed by Joanne Tulloch,sales administrator at Livery Dole Mitsubishi in Exeter,and this will now be the basis for a one-off show truck. In the rear,there are screens,gaming equipment,a bar and an absolutely banging stereo. It's not floating my particular boat but,everything is subjective…

Imagine the disappointment…


Come on – we've all done it. The mileometer on the car is just about to reach a momentous milestone and,whilst still trying to keep your eye on the road,you're not going to miss that split second when the digits click over.

Well,Irish Taxi driver James Foley was determined to see what happened when his 10-year-old Transit Connect passed 999,999 kilometres (that's about 620,000 miles). In short. Nothing. It stuck there. His local Ford dealer reset the digits for him but,I'm reckoning young James was a little underwhelmed with the occasion.

Now,I love the Connect but,according to Ford,this distance is equivalent to driving around the world 25 times – so,two and a half times a year. That's some going,not just for the van but the driver. Well done to the Connect,which James has no plans to retire…

 

Speed Limiters…

Lots of discussion going on right now around this week's announcement of planned compulsory speed limiters. I'm going to let the hype die down and jot down my thoughts in next week's blog.

 

And finally,if 272hp in the Amarok isn't enough…


How does 1200hp grab you? Czech company Bureko have modified a Chevrolet Silverado and come up with this absolute beast of a monster truck. The 6x6 (4x4 is so last year) behemoth is fitted with a 7.0-litre V8 engine and measures 6.2 metres long. Just what you need for the school run. Dread to think what the fuel consumption is though,and as for the Co2 emissions…

 

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