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.

New look for Fiat’s Fiorino LCV

Fiat is refreshing its Fiorino small van, with a series of styling and mechanical improvements. Fiat hope to build on the 370,000 examples sold so far.

UK hosts global debut of Toyota Proace

Toyota has confirmed that its new Proace van will make its global debut at the Commercial Vehicle Show this month.

SsangYong’s pick-up goes undercover

SsangYong has launched a limited edition version of its Korando Sports pick-up, dubbed the DMZ and boasting camouflage paintwork.

Mercedes Sprints to 3 million vans

Mercedes has sold its three millionth Sprinter, 21 years after the model was launched. The three millionth example was handed over to Hymer.

Vans set to dominate April CV show

Anticipation is growing for the annual CV Show, which will be held at Birmingham’s NEC on 26th-28th April 2016.

UK van sales level off in February

Van sales in the UK have held steady in February, virtually matching those in the same month a year ago.

Proace and Hilux head for Geneva show

Three new Toyota models debuting at the Geneva Motor Show on 1st March will include the van-based Proace Verso MPV and the Hilux pick-up truck.

Mercedes offers Vito for city streets

Mercedes-Benz is launching a version of its Vito van that the brand says is focused directly on users working in city surroundings.

Volkswagen offers DIY Transporter

Volkswagen’s latest Transporter van is now available to order in chassis-cab format. The sixth-generation version of the vehicle costs from £21,265.

Peugeot’s Traveller is Geneva bound

Peugeot is confirming that the new version of its Traveller MPV will debut at the Geneva Motor Show, and will also show a concept version at the event.

CV Show promises new-van bonanza

The largest display of new vans for some years will be a major part of the 2016 CV Show. It will be held at the NEC, Birmingham on 26th-28th April.

‘Strong’ van market despite sales slide

The UK’s van sales market put the brakes on five months of growth in January, slipping by 4.2 per cent.

Hardtop adds to Isuzu’s D-Max

Isuzu is offering a new hardtop canopy for its D-Max pick-up. It has been specially designed for double-cab versions of the model.

Britain’s CV builders soar in 2015

Britain’s commercial vehicle factories are booming, with output up by a third in 2015. In total 94,479 CVs were produced in the UK in 2015.

Vans drive CV market to a record

Strong van sales drove the UK CV market to an all-time high. New figures from SMMT show that registrations of commercial vehicles in 2015 were up 16.7%.

UK’s fastest pick-up gets faster

What is claimed by Vauxhall to be the UK’s fastest pick-up will be even more potent in the future. It will be given a power increase of more than 100bhp.

Petrol models join Caddy & Caravelle range

Volkswagen has announced it is now selling the latest versions of its Caddy Life and Caddy panel van LCVs with an all-new petrol engine.

Renault adds sport to Trafic

Renault’s Trafic is now available with a Sport+ bodykit package, giving the vehicle a distinctive look. Costing £995, the kit is available on all versions.

Order books open for Nissan’s Navara

Nissan dealers are now taking orders for the new NP300 Navara pick-up. In UK showrooms from January, the latest Navara offers many new features.

Vauxhall’s Movano goes on welfare

A newly available conversion for the Movano van turns it into a welfare vehicle. Clarks Conversions bases its model on the front-wheel-drive Movano L3H2 van

Mercedes’ Vito van is a Sport

Mercedes van dealers have begun taking orders for the new Vito Sport. The Sport has been a UK-specific member of the Vito range since 2009.

Nissan Navara picks up crossover style

The new Navara will arrive in showrooms in January at prices from £18,376. The third-gen model is described as the most refined version of the pick-up yet.

Caddy gains new Euro 6 engines

Volkswagen is adding two new Euro 6 emissions compliant diesel engines to its Caddy van range. Both are 2-litre TDI units with either 74 or 148bhp.

Ford approves of used vans

Ford have announced they will be extending their well-known Approved used vehicle programme over to the brand's commercial vehicle line-up.

Van market running at double speed

UK's new van market is continuing its strong surge, registrations climbing 6.2 per cent in October. Sales have grown in all but one month this year.