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Alex Grant

First Drive: Fiat Talento

1 year ago / 0 comments

Fiat has replaced the PSA-based Scudo with Renault-based Talento, says Dan Gilkes.

Road Test: Peugeot Expert / Citroën Dispatch

1 year ago / 0 comments

Peugeot and Citroën’s new Expert and Dispatch offer a much improved drive, says Dan Gilkes.

New Volkswagen Crafter breaks cover

1 year ago / 0 comments

Replacing the model introduced in 2006, which was produced alongside the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, the latest Crafter will be built at a bespoke 540-acre plant in Wrzesnia, Poland, set to employ 3,000 people once it … Read More »

Road Test: Volkswagen Crafter

1 year ago / 0 comments

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is keen to boost its sales in the increasingly competitive conversion market, with a growing array of pre-bodied Engineered To Go models available, along with the more specialised Engineered For You … Read More »

First Drive: Volkswagen Amarok

1 year ago / 0 comments

SECTOR Pick-up  POWER 163/224hp  LOAD AREA 2.52m2  CO2 199g/km Having turned the pick-up market upside down by offering the original Amarok pick-up with a range of 2.0-litre engines, when all major competitors had 2.5 and … Read More »

New integrated 3G vehicle camera and claims handling service launched

1 year ago / 0 comments

The fleet solution will use immediate access to video evidence to minimise fraud, third-party overheads and liability disputes for vehicle operators across the UK. The IT1000 3G vehicle camera will transmit high definition … Read More »

Euro 6 and the future of the fleet industry

2 years ago / 0 comments

The last few months have seen some hesitation from the UK’s commercial vehicle industry to discuss EU regulations, particularly when it concerns one of the most seismic shifts to hit the sector in years. … Read More »

Chevin highlights software enhancements at Silverstone Fleet Show 2016

2 years ago / 0 comments

The Show will take place on 11 May 2016 at Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire. During the event, Chevin will be available to demonstrate software such as its new ‘Dispatch Fitter’ tool, which is designed to help fleets allocate jobs ... Read More »

Talking Sense: A review of the expert seminars at VAN Fleet World Live

2 years ago / 0 comments

Safety & security Superintendent Paul Keasey, head of the National Roads Policing Intelligence Forum Health and safety should always be a priority for fleet managers, but security must also be a major consideration. That … Read More »

Understanding the pitfalls of van insurance

2 years ago / 0 comments

More than 45 million people hold a driving licence here in the UK, so it’s safe to say that being on the road has become part of our everyday life. It’s quite worrying to … Read More »

What I’ve learnt

2 years ago / 0 comments

The value of keeping it personal In the business world, it is vital to ensure the tone you are using is relevant for the person you’re engaging with. Key to this is making sure … Read More »

Market Trends: the latest Glass’s commercial vehicle overview‏

2 years ago / 0 comments

REGISTRATIONS Following the trend set over recent months, commercial vehicle registrations again grew strongly in July. Figures released by the SMMT confirmed that there was growth of 16.4% for LCVs with a whopping 41.5% … Read More »

Bumpy road ahead for used CV market

2 years ago / 0 comments

Although very sensitive to economic downturns, the market for used commercial vehicles has repeatedly demonstrated itself to be up to the challenges heaped upon it by the Great British economy. Over successive recessions, which … Read More »

How the abolition of the paper licence counterpart will affect van hire

2 years ago / 0 comments

As promised, the Government axed the paper counterpart of the UK driving licence on 8 June, an event closely followed by the inevitable meltdown of the DVLA website the following day. This in turn … Read More »

Star Treatment

2 years ago / 0 comments

With over 200 vans available to test drive, both on and off the road, this year’s Mercedes-Benz Van Experience Live welcomed more than 2,000 visitors over a two week period. It provided a chance … Read More »

Added capacity

2 years ago / 0 comments

Payload and load volume remain two of the main buying criteria for many van fleets. Yet managers are having to balance these factors with a desire to downsize and to seek increased efficiency from … Read More »

Ford fires up Transit service

2 years ago / 0 comments

Ford has now opened 105 specialist Transit Centres across the UK designed to give enhanced levels of service to its van customers, covering the entire model range from Fiesta van to Transit 2-tonne. “If … Read More »

Hertz van expansion

3 years ago / 0 comments

How would you describe your van supersites? “Vans are available from all of our 155 UK car rental outlets, but Hertz now has 20 van supersites specifically set up to work with LCV business … Read More »

Mercedes Vans go pro

3 years ago / 0 comments

The new Mercedes-Benz Vito range will be launched at the CV Show on 14 April. Managing director of Mercedes-Benz Vans in the UK, Steve Bridge, told us what customers will be offered from launch. … Read More »

British Gas strengthens eco commitment with new electric shuttle service

3 years ago / 0 comments

The pair of Mercedes-Benz E-CELL Traveliners form part of ongoing plans to replace at least 10% of its 13,000-strong fleet with electric models, and will offer transport between offices in Staines and Windsor, as … Read More »

Hitachi Capital announces senior management changes to spearhead global growth

3 years ago / 0 comments

Under the changes, which took effect on 1 April 2015, Simon Oliphant, currently CEO of the Vehicle Solutions group, has been appointed as head of a new Strategy Office created by Hitachi Capital Corporation … Read More »

Arval UK extends fleet insurance package

3 years ago / 0 comments

Launched this month, it builds on the pilot of Arval Total Care launched last year, which allows fleets to add a package including accident management, damage cover and breakdown assistance for the duration of … Read More »

Bristol Airport adds first electric vehicle to fleet

3 years ago / 0 comments

Supported by TravelWest, the Nissan e-NV200 will be charged at a new socket located in front of the Administration building and transport staff around the 176-hectare site without any tailpipe emissions. The airport will also … Read More »

Viva Vivaro!

3 years ago / 0 comments

  VFW: What is Vauxhall’s position in the fleet LCV market at present? RC: ‘Total sales are up 3.16% to the end of October and all of our model lines are performing ahead of … Read More »

Plug-in sales to double in 2015, says Alphabet

3 years ago / 0 comments

The company’s CEO, Richard Schooling, says the plug-in market has reached a crucial tipping point, where customers are more likely than ever to discuss the possibility of using them on fleet. It’s a trend … Read More »

Nissan e-NV200 Combi joins Cornish electric taxi fleet

3 years ago / 0 comments

C&C Taxis, based in St Austell, already has a fleet of six Nissan LEAFs, and says each of its electric vehicles save around £10,000 in fuel bills per year. The newcomer was deployed earlier … Read More »

Rapid chargers to go live in the Cotswolds within weeks

3 years ago / 0 comments

Using grant funding from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), the points will be installed at the Beeches Car Park in Cirencester and Old Market Way in Moreton-in-Marsh and will be active within … Read More »

Days Contract Hire renews Fleet Assist contract

3 years ago / 0 comments

The deal means Days Contract Hire will continue to use Fleet Assist’s network of 7,000 garages to carry out service, maintenance and repair work on its fleet of more than 10,000 company cars and … Read More »

University of Birmingham deploys electric post van

3 years ago / 0 comments

Another step towards a 40% electric fleet target by 2020, joins a fleet of 98 low carbon vehicles used by the university as part of its carbon management plan, which in turn allows for … Read More »

TfL begins mapping rapid chargers for electric van fleets

3 years ago / 0 comments

The Chargepoint Mapping project will log three months of telematics data from commercial vehicle fleets based in the capital to help plan a network of rapid chargers in the capital, in turn allowing businesses … Read More »