Andrew Charman

Andrew Charman
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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.

Mitsubishi Shogun goes commercial

Mitsubishi is joining the growing number of manufacturers converting passenger cars to commercial vehicles, launching the Mitsubishi Shogun Sport Commercial at the CV Show. Based on...
Ford Fiesta Sport Van The Van Expert

Ford Fiesta Sport van connects at CV Show

The Ford Fiesta Sport Van has made its debut at the CV Show, alongside a host of new connectivity technologies for the brand's CV...
Ford Transit Custom review 2018 (The Van Expert)

Ford Transit Custom review

Bolder styling, improved interior and more efficient engines have moved the Ford Transit Custom even further ahead of the competition.
Nissan Navara review 2018 (The Van Expert)

Nissan Navara review

Now in its third generation, the Nissan Navara balances the contrasting requirements of both workhorse and lifestyle duties.

Van market reverses gear in March

Sales of new vans slid back almost 6% in March, emphasising the current volatile nature of the market after rising in February.
Vauxhall Vivaro Luton The Van Expert

New van deal secures future of Vauxhall Luton plant

PSA Group has announced a major investment in the Vauxhall plant in Luton to produce the next Vivaro van, set to launch in 2019.
Volkswagen eCrafter The Car Expert

Electric Volkswagen Crafter to debut at CV show

The Volkswagen eCrafter all-electric van will make its UK debut at the CV Show in Birmingham later this month. The unveiling at the show between...
Peugeot Boxer Dropside

Peugeot gets into LCV conversion business

Peugeot has launched a new programme dubbed Built for Business and offering six LCV conversions. Each of the six is based on the Peugeot Boxer 335...
Renault Master ZE The Van Expert

Electric Renault Master on roads by end of 2018

Full details of the new Renault Master Z.E. have been released ahead of the vehicle going on sale in the Autumn of 2018. The large...
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2018 The Van Expert

£24.4K buys new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

UK prices and full specification for the new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter have been unveiled – first examples of the new model will appear in June...

Van sales continue slide in January

The UK new van market continued to decline in January, down 4.2% on the same month in 2017 and following the first annual slide in five years in 2017.
Renault Pro Plus The Van Expert

Renault launches EasyLife service plan

Renault's Pro+ Commercial Vehicle division is launching a new service and warranty plan dubbed EasyLife, which is now available on all new Renault commercial...

Mitsubishi L200 gains 3.5-tonne towing ability

An increase in towing ability to 3.5 tonnes tops a raft of changes to the Mitsubishi L200. Mitsubishi claims that its long-established model is now...
LDV V80 The Van Expert

LDV joins the scrappage scramble

LDV has become the latest commercial manufacturer to offer a scrappage scheme, worth up to £8,500. The van maker, which today is owned by SAIC,...

First LCV sales slide in five years ‘expected’

Annual sales of new vans in the UK fell for the first time in five years in 2017, though industry bodies argue that demand remains at a high level.
Mercedes-Benz X-Class review (The Van Expert)

Mercedes-Benz X-Class review

The Mercedes-Benz X-Class is described by its manufacturer as the world’s first pick-up from a premium brand. But is such an upmarket model practical?
Land Rover Discovery Commercial

Land Rover Discovery goes commercial

The Land Rover Discovery Commercial has gone on sale, priced from £48,695 and replacing the second and third seat rows with load space.
Mercedes Sprinter The Van Expert

Slump in van sales ‘worrying’ says SMMT head

Registrations of new light commercial vehicles in the UK slumped by more than 11% in November, a slide that industry chiefs dubbed "worrying." A total...
Ford Transit Connect The Car Expert

First look at Ford Transit Connect, Courier

First details have been released of the new Ford Transit Connect and Courier models, that will be added to the range in mid 2018. The...

Mercedes-Benz X-Class earns top safety rating

The Mercedes-Benz X-Class has secured a top five-star safety rating in the latest series of crash tests of new models staged by Euro NCAP. In the...
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.
The Van Expert van sales

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...

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