- Thursday, 30 November 2017
The 2018 Ford Transit Custom has had a facelift, but that's not the only thing that's changed...
With the first Customer deliveries starting early next year (not long now!), we're revealing some of the features you'll see.
The first thing you'll notice is the front has had quite the makeover. Influenced by the Ford passenger car range, the front of the Transit has a high-mounted ‘trapezoid grille’ and slimmer, more anguler headlights.
- 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.”