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Vauxhall's new generation Vivaro has gone into production at their plant in Luton. The vehicle is available to order from February with deliveries commencing in summer. The medium sized van, rivalling the Ford Transit Custom, is based on a state-of-the-art platform and available in two lengths (4.95m and 5.30m). Body styles include panel van, a doublecab for up to six occupants and a platform chassis. The vehicle will offer a payload up...Read more
Life on the road can be lonely at times for van drivers, the average professional driver spends over 17 hours completely alone, with over a third spending at least 20 hours in solitude. This can take its toll on the drivers mental wellbeing, but new research from Mercedes-Benz has revealed many van drivers are combating the solitude by having a canine companion.
Mental health and driver wellbeing has become more of a focus...Read more
What Ford describes as the 'smartest and most productive' Transit was revealed at the commercial vehicle show in Hannover, Germany in September.
The new model features a new look, increased storage space, advanced connectivity, hybrid technology and a 10-speed auto option.
More than 450 core variants will be available including front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive drivelines, with a full range of bodystyles and chassis cabs.
The revised two-tonne Transit , which will...Read more
The move towards electric vehicles (EVs) seems to be gathering momentum. The Government’s announcement to stop all sales of petrol and diesel cars by 2040 means electric vans are likely form an increasing role within the UK van market as it evolves over the next few years.
Electric vans currently represent a tiny fraction of overall sales, but as businesses come under increasing pressure to adopt more environmentally friendly modes of transport an...Read more
Speed cameras, or safety cameras, to use the official terminology, are one of the most contentious points of motoring for many drivers with nearly a million motorists caught speeding in Britain each year. Love or loathe them they are designed to reduce speeding and curb dangerous driving and of course they also raise revenue via the speeding fines issued.
Why do we have them?
Figures from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents...Read more
The Government has launched a consultation into reforming van road tax with plans to replace it with a system that would encourage owners to buy vehicles with lower emissions and penalise those who go for dirtier models. The planned shake up would bring van road taxation into line with cars.
With a car, the amount you pay for road tax is partially determined by its CO2 emissions – the more it pollutes, the...Read more
Peugeot has a launched a new range of factory fitted, ready to go conversions. All six initial versions are based on the Boxer large van and you can choose a Tipper, Dropside, Luton, Low-Floor Luton, Box Body and Curtainside.
Peugeot will be showcasing their new 'Built for Business' range at the Commercial Vehicle show which takes place 24-26th April at the NEC Birmingham. Visitors to the show are expected to be able to...Read more
Britain's van drivers are ditching their stereotypical lifestyle in favour of healthy eating and regular trips to the gym, a study has found. Despite the traditional characterisation of being overweight, junk food loving and exercise shy, many van drivers are now more likely to be found tucking into a healthy lunch and heading to the gym at the end of the day.
Evidence from a report commissioned by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles suggests the...Read more
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