- Friday, 27 January 2017
If you're in the market for a new small van, Auto Express have released a list of their top 10 picks for 2017. Ratings are based on specification, space, comfort, economy and performance amongst other factors.
Best small vans 2017
1. Ford Transit Connect
2. Volkswagen Caddy
3. Dacia Duster Commercial
4. Fiat Doblo Cargo/Vauxhall Combo
5. Nissan NV200
6. Renault Kangoo
7. Mercedes Citan
8. Citroen Berlingo/Peugeot Partner
9. Citroen Nemo/Peugeot Bipper/Fiat Fiorino
10. Renault Twizy Cargo
- Wednesday, 23 November 2016
This week sees 3 of the leading supermarkets, Tesco, Asda and Morrisons, cut fuel prices by up to 5 pence per litre. The reduction comes as the wholesale cost of oil has fallen since October and the strengthening pound against the dollar.
These reductions, however, have come under scrutany, with some saying the cuts should have come much earlier. Roger Fogg, Morrisons services director, said "A fall in the price of fuel due to a stronger pound is allowing us to pass further savings on to our customers. We will continue to make sure we are as competitive as we can be on price in every one of our petrol stations".
- Tuesday, 08 November 2016
UK manufacturers Charge have released a concept for a van, which they say will be released next year.
The van is said to be made of lightweight materials, with no emissions, powered by a battery giving range for 100 miles, with an option to add a small engine like that in the BMW i3 as a range-extender. This 3.5-tonne vehicle could cut operational costs by 50% and other models in the range will weigh up to a larger 26-tonne HGV. All the range will have the ability to go fully autonomous, with over-the-air updates to keep firmware and navigation systems all running smoothly.
Charge currently makes components for the Roborace series which is the world's first autonomous car racing competition. Charge are also the official truck partner for the Formula E electric racing series, promoting their prototype truck by making use of it in the driver parade.
The electric van company see the future for LCVs as only going one way - Electric. "We find trucks today totally unacceptable. At Charge we are making trucks the way they should be – affordable, elegant, quiet, clean and safe,” states Denis Sverdlov, current CEO of Charge, who seems dedicated to making the world of transport a better place, adding: “We are removing all the barriers to entry for electric vehicles by pricing them in line with conventional trucks, giving every fleet manager, tradesman or company, no matter how big or small, the opportunity to change the way they transport goods and make our towns and cities better places to live in.”
- Tuesday, 01 November 2016
We all know modern vehicles are rigorously and thoroughly tested these days, however, Citroën have gone a step further with their Medium sized LCV, the new Dispatch.
World Rally Championship partners Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle have plenty of experience rallying for Citroën, but whilst their new C3 is being prepared for it's first competitive outing in January next year, the pair took a chance to show off the new Dispatch. The track was not designed to mimic a rally as much as it was to give the lads a chance to show off, not just their driving skills, but the Dispatch's strong points - They focused on proving how stable the van could be, thrashing it around corners and power sliding through the wet mud.
Driver Kris Meeke, said afterwards: “I’m impressed, that was really good – I enjoyed it. With slippery conditions on the stage, New Dispatch coped really well. It gave me the stability I needed in the corners, with great handling, which made it easy and fun to drive.”
Whilst this kind of display is unlikely to ever be included in convential van testing for the future, it does seem like great fun and makes a very good promo vid for Citroën's new medium sized van.