Dan Parton

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Dan Parton is a freelance journalist and former editor of Truck & Driver, the UK's biggest selling truck magazine. He writes for both The Van Expert and The Truck Expert.

Volkswagen announces free care package for Transporter and Amarok customers

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has launched a free £1,200 four-year care package for Transporter 6.1 and Amarok customers.

LDV to rebrand as MAXUS

Van maker LDV is to rebrand as MAXUS in April and launch two new models – the Deliver 9 and the electric E Deliver 31.

LEVC produces first electric van prototypes ahead of launch

London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) has started building the first prototypes of its new van, ahead of its debut at the CV Show on April 28.
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UK LCV market up by 5.9% in January

The UK new light commercial vehicle (LCV) market grew by 5.9% in the first month of 2020, breaking a run of three successive months of year-on-year decline, new figures have revealed.

Reliability key for Roy Cowie’s new tippers

Landscaping contractor Roy Cowie has taken on four new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter tippers with seven-seat crew cabs having been impressed with the reliability of previous vans.

Nissan delivers 300 electric vans to DPD

Delivery and logistics firm DPD has purchased 300 e-NV200 vans from Nissan as the company aims to have 10% of its vehicles electrically powered by the end of 2020.

Nissan unveils updated Navara Off-Roader AT32

Nissan has taken the sheets off its updated version of its Navara Off-Roader AT32. The refreshed model has been manufactured to be more efficient and better to drive, without compromising its class-leading off-road ability.

Mitsubishi launches L200 Trojan Series 6 pick-up in the UK

Mitsubishi has expanded its L200 Series 6 pick-up truck range with the addition of the new L200 Trojan.
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More than 30 vans stolen each day as alarms still not standard on all...

More than 43,000 vans have been stolen since 2016, with a further 117,000 broken into, costing drivers and businesses more than £61.9 million in lost tools and other items.

North East Ambulance Service takes on 44 Mercedes-Benz Sprinters

New response time targets for A&E provision in the region prompted North East Ambulance Service to bolster its frontline fleet with 44 Mercedes-Benz Sprinters.

Hyundai and Kia announce partnership with Arrival to develop electric vans

Hyundai and Kia have announced an investment of €100 million (£85.2 million) in a new partnership with UK-based electric vehicle startup Arrival to develop small and medium-sized electric vans.
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Fifth of consumers believe van drivers are the worst on the road, survey reveals

More than a third of consumers (37%) believe van drivers have “lots of bad and inconsiderate driving habits” and 19% think that van drivers are the worst on the road, a new survey has revealed.

Cascade takes on Ready to Work Mercedes-Benz Sprinters

Cascade Pipeline Corporation has taken advantage of the fast delivery times of Mercedes-Benz Vans’ Ready to Work programme to buy four dropside-bodied 3.5-tonne Sprinters to cope with new contract wins.
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Van registrations up by 2.4% in 2019

ew van registrations grew in December, reversing the trend of the previous three months, helping to ensure that the market ended the year 2.4% up on 2018 figures.

Falck takes on 92 new MAN TGE ambulances

Independent ambulance and healthcare provider Falck has boosted its UK Patient Transport Service (PTS) function with the arrival of a fleet of...

NGC Logistics goes electric with Renault Master Z.E.

NGC Logistics, an Amazon delivery service partner, has taken on the first Renault Trucks Master Red Edition Z.E. delivered to a customer in Europe – as well as the company’s first all-electric vehicle.
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New van market falls for third consecutive month

New light commercial vehicle (LCV) registrations fell by 9.6% in November, the third consecutive monthly decline, with market uncertainty and regulatory changes...

Ford supplies RNLI with 20 new Rangers to support beach patrols

Ford has supplied the RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea, with 20 new four-wheel-drive Ford Rangers to support beach patrols...

Mercedes-Benz Citan has worst emissions of Euro-6 LCVs

Mercedes-Benz’s Citan model has the worst emissions of the best-selling LCVs in the UK, with real-world NOx emissions far higher than its official laboratory results, according to new testing findings.

Abnormal loads no problem for Mercedes-Benz Vito

Jason Priest, owner of Priest Abnormal Load Services, has purchased a new Mercedes-Benz Vito 111 CDI, having been so impressed with his previous one.
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EU commercial vehicle production falls again in October

The recent decline in commercial vehicle registrations in the European Union continued in October, with a 7.3% fall registered across the 28...

Ford Transit Custom Hybrids win International Van of the Year 2020 Award

Ford scooped the International Van of the Year Award 2020 (IVoY) Award for its range of Transit Custom Hybrids, comprising the Plug-In...

Van driver who saved motorist from burning car named Hero of the Year

A delivery driver who saved a motorist trapped in a burning car after a high-speed crash has been named Hero of the Year at the Van Excellence Awards.

Historic car restorers choose latest technology in new Mercedes-Benz van

Ian and Sarah Milford, the couple behind Milford Vintage Engineering, which restores and maintains historic cars, have chosen a raft of the...
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Morris launches new electric LCV

Automotive engineering and manufacturing start-up Morris Commercial has unveiled its new battery electric light commercial vehicle (LCV), the Morris JE.

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