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Spartan take on 70 new Mercedes-Benz Citans

Spartan Motor Factors has commissioned 70 new Mercedes-Benz Citans as the company seeks to grow following its acquisition by MWR Sales Ltd...

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Rise in new van registrations point to post-Covid recovery

The number of new LCVS registered increased by 7% in July, the first monthly year-on-year increase since January, fuelled by pent-up demand from operators after lockdown restrictions have been lifted.

Nissan NV200 UK’s most reliable van, new figures reveal

The UK’s most reliable light commercial vehicle (LCV) is the Nissan NV200, while the Ford Ranger is the most prone to needing repair, according to new research.

Geofencing tech for Ford Transit Custom PHEV

Ford has a new geofencing system for its Transit Custom plug-in hybrid that allows the van to automatically switch into EV mode in low-emission zones.

Van owners warned to get safety checks as MOT exemption ends

Van owners are being urged to get their vans checked and repaired, as about 1.2 million vans had MOTs postponed during the COVID-19 lockdown exemption.

Waitrose and John Lewis home delivery vans set to go electric

Customers buying online food from Waitrose or receiving smaller John Lewis deliveries are set to start seeing their shopping arrive in electric vans.

Mercedes-Benz announces pricing and specifications for updated Vito

Mercedes has revealed its pricing and specification structure for its refreshed Vito, which will start at £22,845 plus VAT.

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Six tips to protect your van from theft

Security is something that all van owners should be prioritising, with the number of vans stolen increasing by 45% over the last four years.

Ford approves use of cooking oil in its Transit vans

Ford has approved the use of Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) in its latest Transit van, giving a renewable fuel option to drivers.

Why cleaning and maintenance is so important for van owners

Regularly cleaning and maintaining your van isn’t just about looking good, it can help to reduce repair bills and increase re-sale value,...

Mercedes-Benz introduces driving style monitoring

Mercedes-Benz Vans has introduced its Mercedes PRO connect vehicle drive style monitoring as standard on all new Sprinter and Vito Tourer models.

Worst motorway services in England revealed

A motorway service area overlooking the Severn Bridge has been ranked the least popular in England.

New van fleet insurance product recognises compliant drivers

A new insurance product has been launched aimed at rewarding fleets with van drivers who drive safely, efficiently and compliantly.

New LCV reviews

Ford Transit Connect Sport test drive

The Sport spec certainly sharpens up the look of the Ford Transit Connect, but it doesn't change the vehicle's practicality as a small delivery van.

Isuzu D-Max XTR test drive

The Isuzu D-Max XTR may be old-school, but it’s bristling with charm. It might not be as refined as rivals but it has more genuine off-road capability.

Mercedes-Benz V-Class test drive

Other MPVs may match the Mercedes-Benz V-Class for pople-moving ability, but few can rival its premium feeling and car-like driving style.

Ford Transit test drive

The heavily-revised Ford Transit retains its crown as the go-to large van, but we're not convinced of the real-world benefits of the mild hybrid system.

Volkswagen Transporter test drive

The Volkswagen Transporter has long been regarded as one of the best vans on sale today, and that continues with the updated T6.1 series.

Ford Ranger Raptor review

60-second summary What is it?The Ford Ranger Raptor is a range-topping version of the pick-up with significant off-road upgrades.

Twin test: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vs Volkswagen Crafter

Choosing between the Volkswagen Crafter and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is as difficult today as it was a few years ago when they were basically the same van.

Vauxhall Vivaro review

The all-new Vauxhall Vivaro is a significant improvement, and will ensure that the Vauxhall is a prime alternative to the dominant Ford Transit Custom.

Manufacturer news

Ford reveals Tourneo and Transit Connect Active models

Ford has increased its range of Active vehicles with the introduction of the new Tourneo Connect Active and Transit Connect Active small vans.

Hard Top returns to Land Rover Defender line-up

The Hard Top name is being added to the commercial version of the latest Land Rover Defender model line-up.

Renault launches zero-emission Zoe Van

Renault PRO+ has launched its latest small electric van, the zero-emission Zoe, offering a range of 245 miles and a payload of 387kg.

Mercedes-Benz Vans launches finance offers to support businesses

Mercedes-Benz Vans UK has launched a range of finance offers to support businesses who run vans and ensure that pricing is transparent and suitable for various budgets.

Southampton City Council takes delivery of 24 Renault Kangoo ZE33 vans

Southampton City Council (SCC) has put 24 zero emission Renault Kangoo ZE33 panel vans into service around the city.

LEVC announces full details of its VN5 van

London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) has announced the full details of its fully electric VN5 van, which will hit the roads later this year.

Royal Mail to trial electric vans for deliveries

Royal Mail is trialling a prototype LEVC VN5 electric van for parcel and letter deliveries in urban areas, with the aim of cutting emissions.

Industry news

New van sales show first signs of recovery

June provided another tough month for the light commercial vehicle sector, with registrations down 24.8% compared to the same time in 2019, and sales in the sector were more than 44% down on the first half of last year.

Ford and Volkswagen finalise plan to develop LCVs together

Ford and Volkswagen have signed an agreement that will see the pair share technology to build three new commercial vehicles.

New van market falls 86% in April due to coronavirus

The UK new light commercial vehicle (LCV) market declined by 86.2% in April as nearly all registrations stopped due to coronavirus lockdowns.

Drivers urged to give vans a health check to maintain safety

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has urged van drivers who have been handed an MOT extension to give their vans a health check to keep them road legal and safe during the COVID-19 crisis.

New van registrations halve in March as coronavirus makes impact

The new light commercial vehicle market more than halved in March compared to 2019 figures as the effects of the coronavirus pandemic impacted on the sector.

Call for professional drivers to have two-year eye test as standard

Professional drivers in the transport, passenger transport and logistics sectors should have an eye test every two years, on either a mandatory or voluntary basis, a fleet insurance specialist has said.

Commercial Vehicle Show cancelled

The Commercial Vehicle Show, set to be held on April 26-28 at the NEC in Birmingham, has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Most van drivers risking £200 fine for not using handsfree behind the wheel

Fewer than half of van drivers use handsfree or Bluetooth technology while driving and are continuing to risk a £200 fine and six penalty points for making calls on the go, according to a study.