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Vanarama Newsletter April - Van-zine

Published on Wednesday 30 April 2014 in Company News

The big van and pick-up news in April has got to be the Commercial Vehicle Show, where the Who's who of the industry comes together to show off their wares. And there's plenty of shiny new metal on display. Here's a brief report of what's new.

Citroen's fourth generation Relay is due to go on sale this Autumn

It will be available as a panel van, weighing 3-4 tonnes. There will be a choice of four load lengths and three roof heights. With the ability to shift quite a hefty payload of between 1140-1995kg it's sure to appeal to a wide market.

The new Relay has a re-modelled front end boasting a new grille and multipiece bumper to minimise accident damage and the knock-on costs and hassle accidents can entail.

The Relay claims to offer class-leading load carrying practicality, low running costs, together with high standards of equipment. The manufacturer hopes the big choice of Relay variants will increase its popularity amongst large fleets and Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) businesses. From what we've seen, we think they are onto a winner!

Not to be left out, another French manufacturer, Renault displayed its all-new Trafic, which launches in the UK later this year.

The latest incarnation aims to appeal to all with a huge selection of body styles including two heights, two lengths, panel van, crew-van, platform cab and passenger versions. It certainly looks like a flexible and economical vehicle, largely due to its new range of downsized, turbocharged engines. So owners of the latest Trafic will enjoy significant fuel consumption savings while the van remains enjoyable to drive.

Twizy Cargo - The world's coolest commercial vehicle?

Okay, so it might not appeal to your average van buyer, but we thought you would be interested in seeing what Renault claim to be the 'coolest commercial vehicle' on the planet. The jury remains out about that here at Vanarama, but the Twizy certainly knew how to pull a crowd at the show. Priced at £6,241.67 (£7,795 including VAT), the single seat electric compact is perfect for shorter journey business use.

Mechanically identical to a standard Twizy, the 'Cargo' model just swaps the tandem rear seat for a 180-litre, 75kg boot with a lockable door. This makes the vehicle perfect for a range of uses such as parts and pizza deliveries -just don't order the extra large.....

Appealing to the environmentally aware driver, the Twizy Cargo has a range of about 50 miles and can be charged using the integrated charging cable, over a standard three-pin plug. There's no denying the running costs are low - full charge takes only three and a half hours and costs less than a pound a time. VAT is reclaimable on battery hire so if you can handle the limited loadspace the vehicle could save your businesses serious cash.

Last, but by no means least, we're back to a serious workhorse......

Isuzu has produced a special edition pick-up model exclusively for the UK.

The D-max Blade comes with £5000 worth of additional equipment but is available from £24,995, excluding VAT, for the six-speed manual model. This represents a saving of £1000 compared to buying the accessories separately.

Available in black or white, it certainly looks the part with 18-inch 'Shadow' alloy wheels designed to match the 'Shadow' grey front grille. It also has privacy glass windows, black door and tailgate handles, black roof bars and rear bumper and heavy-duty side steps.

Isuzu certainly doesn't skimp on the interior. The double-cab Blade features automatic climate control and black leather seats, which are heated in the front - useful for those early morning starts! It also comes with DAB radio and a 6.1-inch touchscreen navigation system.

This is a serious pickup, powered by a 2.5L 163hp twin-turbo diesel engine returning official combined fuel economy of 38.2mpg.

We hope you've enjoyed reading about the van world's premieres and look forward to seeing the new models on the road very soon. If you have any questions about these latest vans, or want to find out the likely cost of a lease please call us on 01442 838195