LCV market in review 2017

After years of growth, the markets for both new cars and vans slowed down in 2017. The shortfalls were not unexpected as demand began to cool off early in the year.

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.
Government launches consultation for A-road funding

Government launches consultation for A-road funding

The government has launched a consultation on which A-roads across England should be upgraded in a multi-million pound investment programme.
Vauxhall Movano

Vauxhall’s new year van sale

Vauxhall has announced details of its January van sale, with savings of up to 20% on selected new vehicles from Boxing Day until 15 January 2018.
Fiat Talento panel van

Fiat and Mercedes-Benz leading the way for fleet satisfaction

Mercedes-Benz and Fiat are the clear leaders for customer satisfaction, according to a major survey of van fleet operators.
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.
London Electric Vehicle Company TX electric taxi

London’s new taxi is ready for business

The next generation of the famous London Taxi has been officially certified to carry fare-paying passengers by Transport for London
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...
Mercedes-Benz eVito

Mercedes-Benz planning full range of electric vans

Mercedes-Benz is planning to roll out electric models across its entire van range in coming years, starting with the mid-sized Vito in 2018.
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...
Ford Ranger pops into the top ten best sellers, LCV market September 2017

New LCV sales fall 4% in September

The new LCV market continued a year-long trend of slight decline in the busy month of September, with an overall 4% fall in new registrations.