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.

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.

Engine blues good news for Peugeot Boxer

Peugeot is adding BlueHDi engines to its Boxer van range, completing the roll-out of more powerful yet more efficient Euro 6 engines to its LCV line-up.
Toyota Hilux

Toyota Hilux review

Toyota launches the eighth-generation version of its iconic Hilux with the aim of appealing not just to those who need it as a workshop but SUV buyers too.
FIAT Talento

Fiat Talento panel van review

Fiat hopes to compete against the mighty Ford Transit Custom with its new Talento, a close relation to Renault's Traffic and the Vauxhall Vivaro.

Renault updates vans with Euro 6 engines

Renault has updated its van range with more specification and Euro-6 emissions-compliant engines.

Fiat brings Talento to van market

Fiat announce prices for its new Talento van. Its replacing the Scudo, and is set to compete with the Vauxhall Vivaro, Renault Trafic and Nissan NV300.

Heavy haulers drive soaring van market

UK van sales are continuing to climb, driven by demand for the heaviest vehicles. Registrations of vans in the UK were up for the fifth successive month.
Renault Alaskan

Renault reveals its Alaskan pick-up

Renault is following Fiat into the pick-up truck market – but whether the new Alaskan will be sold in the UK is still to be determined.

More efficient engines for Doblo & Ducato

Fiat is upgrading its Ducato and Doblo ranges with new Euro 6-compliant engines. The new powertrains use a Low Pressure Exhaust Gas Recirculation system.

Premium add-ons for Mercedes Sprinter

Mercedes-Benz Vans is launching a special edition version of the Sprinter, which is being aimed firmly at retail customers.

Fiat’s first pick-up to cost from £21K

Fiat’s first pick-up truck will cost from £20,995. The price for the new Fullback model compares well with the equivalent Mitsubishi L200.

Record May but van sales slowing

The UK’s van market posted its fourth consecutive month of growth in May, which was up 1.9 per cent on the same period in 2015.

Large vans drive soaring LCV market

UK van market is continuing to climb, up 11.8 per cent in April. Thanks to the CV Show April, 27,880 new vehicles were registered.

VW’s Amarok pick-up gains new engine

Full details have been released of the latest version of the one major pick-up seemingly not appearing at last week’s CV Show, the Volkswagen Amarok.

Toyota prices up Proace and Hilux

Toyota has released prices for its new Proace panel van and Hilux pick-up range. The Proace was unveiled earlier this week at the CV Show.

Sliding CV production ‘a rebalancing’

In the week the commercial vehicle market focuses on the UK and the CV Show, new figures show that commercial production in the UK slid substantially.