Published on Friday 29 April 2016 in Van News
The number of vans on Britain's roads is now at an all-time high. There's over four million, and it keeps growing. The van manufacturers are keen to capitalise on this and ten new van models were launched at this year's Commercial Vehicle Show at Birmingham's NEC.
A new engine from Ford to cut your fuel bills
Ford unveiled an all-new 2.0-litre Euro-6 engine for their Transit and Transit Custom. The EcoBlue will replace their 2.2-litre engines. It's claimed that fuel economy will improve by up to 13% and mono-nitrogen oxides will be reduced by 55%. Power outputs are increased from 100hp to 105hp, 125hp to 130hp and 155hp to 170hp.
What has Ford got planned for 2016?
The market leader in the commercial vehicle sector displayed their new Ford Ranger. Released in January, the interior is completely overhauled with a leather dash and the addition of the 'Sync 2' eight-inch touchscreen navigation system. It has voice activated control and connectivity technology. Vanarama spoke to Andy Barratt, UK Chairman and Managing Director for Ford, and you can hear his thoughts on the year ahead for Ford below
World premieres of the Citroen Dispatch and Peugeot Expert
Crowds witnessed the global debuts of the new Citroen Dispatch and the Peugeot Expert. Both share the new Efficient Modular Platform 2 (EMP2) and it'll boast your efficiency with lower running costs due to a range of BlueHDi diesel engines.
The new Citroen Dispatch is limited to 1,900mm in height, meaning you won't be restricted with gaining entry to any car parks. There's a choice of three lengths and comfort has been made a priority for this compact van. A new suspension has been included to provide you with a smoother ride. The Dispatch benefits from advances in technology such as hands free sliding doors.
Keyless entry with the new Peugeot Expert
Head of Business Sales for Peugeot UK, Nick Crossley, explained that the Peugeot Expert can detect your footsteps when you're approaching and you won't need to search for your keys to open the vehicle. Like the Citroen Dispatch, the Expert has hands free sliding doors.
To see the new vans from Citroen and Peugeot, view the video below and hear how they'll improve your driving experience:
Mitsubishi explores new ways to create commercial vehicles
Mitsubishi released the latest upgrade to their L200 pickup during the middle of last year and safety has been a key feature. It comes with Super Select 4-Wheel Drive, so you can drive in 4x4 mode on or off road, all whilst towing a load. This option is ideal if you're driving in wet conditions.
Vanarama spoke to Clive Messenger, Head of Corporate Sales and Remarketing for Mitsubishi UK, and he explained how they've managed to transform the Shogun into a commercial vehicle. To find out how this was achieved, watch the video below:
VW returns to the CV Show after five years away
Following on from the launches of the Caddy and Transporter last year, Volkswagen certainly has a lot to shout about. They haven't been at the CV Show since 2011 and were promoting their Working with You promise. This fitted in nicely with the home sweet home theme on their stand, which included countless sofas for you to relax on.
They're going to be busy period at VW. The new Crafter will be launched next year and the Amarok towards the end of 2016. Vanarama caught up with Kate Thompson, the Head of Press and PR, and quizzed her on what you can expect for them in the upcoming year.
Two new launches for Toyota with the Hilux and ProAce
The Toyota Hilux is an established pickup and now into its eighth generation. For the first time, it'll be available with Toyota Safety Sense in the UK. The new Hilux is stronger and more rugged. The ladder chassis has been reinforced and the off road driving capabilities now matches that of the Toyota Land Cruiser.
The Hilux keeps getting better and better
Toyota's new 2.4-litre global diesel engine is under the bonnet and a new six-speed manual transmission or automatic gearbox can be selected. A unique feature of the new Hilux is the hill descent control – which you can use going forward or in reverse.
It's all about quality, durability and reliability with the new Toyota ProAce
LCV Manager for Toyota GB, Gareth Matthews, informed Vanarama that throThroughout the process of creating the new ProAce, the upmost importance was put on quality, durability and reliability.
Three lengths of the van are available and Gareth has high praise for the compact. He describes it as a crossover. This is due to the fact that it has an impressive payload and is capable of turning within a small space - just over a metre.
See the UK premier of the new Hilux and the world debut of the ProAce below:
Exciting times ahead for the LCV market
CV Show Director Rob Skelton highlighted the focus on vans this year, following the findings of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders that van sales in Britain are at an all-time high.
"The number of major manufacturers who have chosen the CV Show 2016 to launch their new vans shows just how important this event has become. There's a huge amount of excitement around the show this year, especially with the recent growth in van registrations," said Rob Skelton.
Van sales reach record high
Demand for new vans is now at record levels. Registrations grew 1.2% in the first quarter of 2016, following a bumper 2015 which saw more than 370,000 units registered.
We have become a nation of online shoppers and delivering the goods purchased on the Internet has led to an increased number of LCV's on the roads. Vans now cover around 45 billion miles across the UK each year.
The CV Show was also the launch pad for the Ford Transit EcoBlue 2.0 Diesel, the Renault Master Passenger, the Volkswagen Crafter Tipper, the Iveco Daily Euro 6, the DFSK C-Series, plus the V80 and G10 from LDV.