Andrew Charman

Andrew Charman
Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Van Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.
Volkswagen Amarok The Van Expert

Volkswagen Amarok adds manual gearbox

The Volkswagen Amarok pickup should now appeal to a wider potential customer base following the addition of a manual gearbox version to the range.The...

Renault Trafic range adds nine-seat shuttle

The Renault Trafic Spaceclass has gone on sale, expanding the French manufacturer's well-known mid-sized van range to include a people-carrier.First seen at the Cannes...
Mercedes-Benz Vito The Car Expert

Mercedes-Benz launches van scrappage

Mercedes-Benz Vans is following the example of the retail car industry by launching a van scrappage and swappage scheme to remove older, dirtier vehicles.
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Sliding business confidence hits LCV sales

Registrations of new vans slumped again in October, as industry leaders blamed economic and political uncertainty for a drop in business confidence.According to figures...

Mercedes-Benz X-Class pickup gets £27K price tag

The Mercedes-Benz X-Class pickup will cost from £27,310 when it arrives on UK roads in January 2018.While the first venture of Mercedes into pickup...
Volkswagen Crafter pick-up The Car Expert

More models added to Volkswagen Crafter range

The core Volkswagen Crafter range has been expanded, with several new models joining the panel vans launched at the Commercial Vehicle Show in April.Alongside...

Volkswagen launches CV scrappage scheme

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is following the lead of the car sector and launching a scrappage scheme for older vehicles.The scheme will offer incentives of...
Peugeot Partner van

Insight – electric future for Peugeot and Citroën

PSA Group is increasing promotional activity for its electric vans – the Peugeot Partner and Citroën Berlingo – to grow its urban fleet presence.

French brands unveil CV Show plans

Momentum is growing for the CV Show, with more manufacturers announcing their stands at the Birmingham NEC event on 25th to 27th April including...
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter on road

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter review

The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter rivals the Ford Transit, offering a wide range of sizes and payloads and a very easy driving experience.
VisionTrack Halo

VisionTrack Halo to keep van fleets on track

Telematics provider VisionTrack expects its new Halo 360 video system, debuting at the CV Show in April, to appeal to fleet managers.The four-camera software system...
Volkswagen Crafter

Volkswagen Crafter to debut at CV Show

The CV Show in April will see the UK debut of the new Volkswagen Crafter panel van.The new Crafter, named International Van of the...
Volkswagen van centre

Slow but positive start to van sales

Sales of new vans in the UK are still growing, though the increase was a modest 1.2 per cent in January. Heavy vans led the rise, smaller versions slipping.

New van market picks up to record levels

The UK new van market has matched the car market with record registrations in 2016.A total of 375,687 light commercial vehicles were registered during...

Soaring exports keep CV factories busy

Exports are driving soaring production at the UK’s commercial vehicle plants.In total 9,669 CVs were built in the UK’s factories in November, up nine...

Ford adds style to Transit Custom

Ford is launching two new style-pitched versions of its Transit Custom one-tonne van, a Colour Edition and new Sports models.

New NV300 extends Nissan van range

Nissan has put its new NV300 compact van on sale, at prices starting from £21,300.The NV300 replaces the Primastar and gives Nissan a new...

Honda pioneers new direction for ATVs

Honda expects commercial interest from the Pioneer, a new utility vehicle dubbed more practical than a quad bike and more manageable than a full-size 4x4.
Mercedes-Benz X-Class 'Powerful Adventurer' concept

Mercedes-Benz picks up the X-factor

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled two X-Class concepts pointing at the look and very different target markets of the brand’s first-ever pick-up, on sale late 2017.

Conversion adds chill appeal to Volkswagen vans

Van conversion specialist TBC Conversions is reporting major demand for its refrigerated versions of the Volkswagen Caddy and Crafter vans.

Fiat Fullback review

Fiat enters the pick-up market with the Fullback, a double-cab which is effectively a rebadged Mitsubishi L200, and all the better for it.
Volkswagen Crafter

Volkswagen Crafter takes van of the year prize

The Volkswagen Crafter has been named International Van of the Year for 2017, winning the award at the same show at which it is launched onto the market.

Electric Crafter offers city centre solution

Volkswagen has unveiled an electric version of its Crafter van at the Hannover Commercial Vehicle Show, the powertrain not compromising load space.

SsangYong Musso pick-up review

SsangYong has updated its Korando with a new, more powerful diesel engine and transmission, and revived the name of one of the brand's first models sold.

Volkswagen goes alone with new Crafter

Volkswagen has unveiled its new Crafter large van at an event in Offenbach, Germany. The third-generation model is no longer a joint project with Mercedes.