Published on Tuesday 13 January 2015 in Van News
We take a look at the latest news and views in the Van and pickup market.
It looks like the big van manufacturers are hanging onto their new metal to launch later in the year. But here in our latest news and views from the van and pickup truck market you can read about the best value pickup ever (or so they say!). We've also got news on your driving licence and advice on how to steer clear of spot fines by loading your van correctly. Brew up, sit down and enjoy:
Mitsubishi L200 Challenger – The best value for money pickup ever?
Strong claims from the Mitsubishi camp this month which has launched the L200 Challenger special edition – the best value for money pickup they have ever made so they say. Does it live up to the hype?
Priced from £16,499 it comes with the longest warranty of any pickup truck in the UK – five years or 125,000 miles - reinforcing faith in the mechanical integrity of the new entrant, especially among those racking up the mileage. It's available with a three-year fixed-price service plan at £600 and a range of finance options, including contract hire. Here's just some of what you get with the latest L200:
- 175 bhp engine
- Super Select 4WD system
- 17" alloy wheels
- Cruise control
- Climate control air conditioning
- Automatic rain & dusk sensors
- Privacy glass
- Leather steering wheel & gear shift knob
- Optional leather seats
- Long load bed
- Available in all colours in the existing range.
The package certainly looks appealing to us. Having sold more than 130,000 L200 pickups since its launch in 1987, Mitsubishi will be aiming to increase its 20% share of the overall pickup truck market.
Don't risk fines through overloading
If you are thinking of squeezing a few extra tools into your van then it might be worth thinking again. The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has claimed that four out of five light commercial vehicles it stops on suspicion of being overloaded are confirmed to be breaking the law when inspected.
The DVSA believes that the view amongst many van users was that load space was there to be filled up. While it might be tempting to avoid making two journeys by loading up a van, always use common sense to make sure your vehicle is not overloaded:
- Know the weight and weight limits of your vehicle
- Be careful not to mix up the Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) with the Gross Train Weight (GTW).
- The GVW is the maximum permitted weight of the vehicle (plus any load it is carrying), while the GTW is the maximum permitted weight of the vehicle plus any trailer being towed (plus any load being carried in the vehicle and trailer)
- Remember that the GVW includes the weight of the vehicle, driver, load and any passengers.
- Also allow for the weights of any pallets or packing cases and anything on a roof rack
- Ensure the load is distributed evenly. After any drop-offs, re-check the distribution of the remaining load
DVLA applies brakes to driving licence counterpart abolition
Don't be tempted to bin the paper part of your driving licence just yet. In a refreshing victory for common sense, the DVLA has announced that the abolition of the driving licence counterpart will be delayed until 8 June 2015, instead of the original deadline of January. It wants to ensure an efficient online system is in place for businesses to check driver details. The DVLA is aiming to launch a digital enquiry service by June which will allow any companies employing drivers to view information they can currently see on the driving licence counterpart.
Surging van registrations mark good news for all!
The van market rose 17.1 per cent in November. We're always happy for you when van sales rise as this can only reflect confidence in the growing economy of your own trades and businesses.
It's not just the building and related trades which added to the buoyant sales figures. "Surging demand for vans continued in November amid buoyant consumer confidence and a rise in home deliveries," said The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) Chief Executive Mike Hawes.
Ford remains the most popular van type – it even managed to boost its market share at 26.1 per cent. Volkswagen also achieved a podium position for van registrations in November, closely followed by Vauxhall, Peugeot and Mercedes.
Smooth runnings - £15bn government injection into roads to help banish the bumps
The chances of driving all those new vans on less potholed roads has grown too. This follows the unveiling of a £15bn plan to triple the levels of spending by the end of the decade to increase the capacity and condition of England's roads. The plans aim to boost connectivity between key cities – great news for those of you who travel the country with your business. The schemes also aim to tackle congestion and fix some longstanding problem areas of the roads network.
At Vanarama we are delighted to hear that this long overdue investment will be injected into our roads, which are key to our nation's prosperity and benefit hardworking businesses across the country.