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362,149 vans and pickups were sold in 2017 according to official sales figures from the Society of Motor Manufacture and Traders (SMMT). Ford topped the list of manufacturers, selling 117,831 units which accounts for nearly a third of all sales. The Ford Transit Custom, which has been the best selling vehicle since its launch in 2012, heads the chart again for the most popular model with 51,885 vehicles sold.
2018 promises to be...Read more
The storm season is now in full swing. Aileen, Brian and Ophelia have already blown through with more strong winds likely as we head further into Winter. Strong gusting winds provide an additional challenge to van drivers, but help is at hand as some vehicles come with side wind stability aids. This technology is designed to help drivers maintain lane control in high wind situations, where sudden gusts can exert course-changing forces...Read more
There is a legal limit to the amount you can load onto any van. The police and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) regularly perform spot checks, stopping around 10,000 vans each year, and if your vehicle is found to exceed capacity they can prevent you from continuing with your journey and impose a heavy fine.
The current penalties are below:
5%-10% over £100
10%-15% over £200
15-30% over £300
More than 30%...Read more
Mercedes released a design sketch of the all new Sprinter van at last week’s North American Commercial Vehicle Show in Atlanta, Georgia. Mercedes highlighted the next generation Sprinter will have horizontal headlights and a pronounced grille to give it a more ‘athletic’ appearance than before.
On sale in the UK during the first half of 2018, the new Sprinter will come with a host of new driver assistance systems such as Adaptive ESP...Read more
The Ford Transit Custom, the king of all vans, gets a major revamp for 2018. Builders, plumbers, electricians, movers who need something fast, reliable and spacious to carry the load will tell you the Transit is the best of them all.
The new Transit Custom one tonne van which hits the market in 2018 promises improved fuel efficiency a bold new design and fresh interior. The absolute stalwart of the British van market...Read more
Official figures from the Department for Transport (DoT) reveal vans clocked up a combined 48.5 billion miles on UK roads in 2016, a substantial jump of 21.4% compared with the figures from a decade ago and a mammoth increase of 69% compared with 1996.
The DoT report attributed the colossal growth to the fact vans are becoming the preferred method of transportation for companies, replacing heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) that are somewhat in...Read more
A key consideration for many when choosing a van is deciding which one is going to give the most miles for your money. Fuel prices in the UK have continued to increase since the start of the year, with figures from the AA revealing the average cost of unleaded petrol reached 120 pence per litre and diesel hit 121.7 pence per litre at the end of January. The consensus of opinion suggests...Read more
Whatever your trade, picking the right van for your business is essential and can make a massive difference to your bottom line. Know your chassis cab from your luton? Vans come in a multitude of shapes and sizes. Van Champ gives you the low down on what to consider and offers you an insight into the various permutations.
When purchasing a van, the prerequisite is knowing how much loadspace you are going to...Read more
The van's size and versatility has made it popular with everyone from builders to undertakers. Throughout the decades the vehicle has helped transport a wide variety of items, from elephants at Regents Park Zoo to a model dinosaur that was being moved from Kent to a natural history park in Scotland in 1973. The iconic Ford Transit van has been used as an ambulance, a police van, and even an ice cream van. Here we...Read more
Here at Van Champ we recognise the starring role the Transit van has played in the lives of Britain's workforce during the past 50 years, being a reliable servant for the nation's plumbers, electricians and builders and we give it a big thumbs up!
In 2015 Ford celebrated 50 years since the first Transit van rolled off the production line at a former Hurricane fighter factory in Berkshire. Back then it cost an...Read more