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.

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...
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...
Crafter

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.
Ford-Custom-Transit

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...

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