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Category : Features

GATEway Project: ‘last-mile’ delivery solution?

3 months ago / 0 comments

Autonomous grocery deliveries test possible future technology, says Dan Gilkes.

Spotlight: Mercedes X-Class makes its worldwide debut

4 months ago / 0 comments

Mercedes-Benz has taken the covers off its all-new 4×4 double cab pick-up, the X-Class, and it goes on sale in the UK this November with customer deliveries starting in early 2018. Continuing Merc’s already ... Read More »

Conversion control

5 months ago / 0 comments

The latest developments in van conversions. By Dan Gilkes.

Spotlight: Isuzu D-Max

6 months ago / 0 comments

Isuzu has finally launched the Euro 6 D-Max pick-up range, with a downsized 1.9-litre engine and no requirement for AdBlue, says Dan Gilkes. Driver focus All D-Max models now come with Hill Start Assist ... Read More »

Master and Kangoo go electric

8 months ago / 0 comments

Renault boosts electric van performance, with the launch of new Master Z.E and improved Kangoo Z.E, says Dan Gilkes.

Crafter updates

10 months ago / 0 comments

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles will unveil an all-new Crafter heavy van range later this year, with the first vehicles arriving early in 2017. There is an obvious family resemblance with the smaller Transporter T6 range and drivers … Read More »

Renault’s extra grip: A look at the X-Track system

11 months ago / 0 comments

Businesses that have to venture off-road from time to time, occasionally need light commercials with real 4×4 capability. More often though, all they really require is something with a bit more ground clearance and … Read More »

One-stop-shop for van fleet buyers

1 year ago / 0 comments

This year alone, Vauxhall’s van conversion sales have risen by an incredible 63%, thanks in part to the Vauxhall Conversion Centre that is situated within the company’s Luton plant. As with many competitors, Vauxhall … Read More »

Van bonanza – CV Show report

1 year ago / 0 comments

That being the case, it was hardly surprising that a number of manufacturers chose the UK show as the international launchpad for their latest models. These are some of the main highlights of the … 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 »

Renault’s new LCV direction

2 years ago / 0 comments

Renault is to enter the global 1-tonne pick-up market by mid-2016, with the launch of Alaskan. Based on Alliance partner Nissan’s NP300 Navara, the truck will be powered by Renault’s twin-turbo 2.3-litre diesel engine, … 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 »

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 »

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 »

Tips on keeping van thieves away from your vehicle

2 years ago / 0 comments

Vans are valuable items, not only the physical vehicle, but the tools and equipment that sit inside too. Each year, around 47,000 commercial vehicles are stolen in the UK. That is a total cost … Read More »

How running the wrong vehicles could cost you thousands

2 years ago / 0 comments

CDVs, MPVs, short wheelbases, long wheel bases, dropsides, Lutons and bespoke conversions. The list is endless, especially when you bring specification, payload, make and model into the mix, making decisions around vehicle and supplier … Read More »

In-house solution

3 years ago / 0 comments

There is no denying that fleets can make substantial operating cost savings by employing a telematic system to track and monitor vehicles. There is no shortage of providers either, all vying for your business … Read More »

Seasonal security

3 years ago / 0 comments

Seasonal demand With the Christmas season fast approaching, many home delivery companies, couriers, supermarkets and parcel firms will be looking to boost their fleets with additional drivers. Even the recent explosion of “click and … Read More »

Data overload

3 years ago / 0 comments

Telematic systems, from the most basic vehicle tracking to an all-encompassing fleet management solution such as TomTom’s Worksmart, can save time and money. Simply knowing where vehicles are is a vital component of fleet … Read More »

Hanover Highlights

3 years ago / 0 comments

Iveco – Daily Iveco was awarded the International Van of the Year 2015 for its new Daily range at the show. As Daily is starting to arrive in dealers, the firm has already increased … Read More »

Four by Ford

3 years ago / 0 comments

Practicality Transit Courier offers a load volume of up to 2.3m3, and a load length of 1.62m with the standard full-height bulkhead in place. An optional folding mesh bulkhead, with fold and dive passenger … Read More »

Market converted

3 years ago / 0 comments

There are very few fleets that simply take a standard van from a dealer without some form of conversion or tailoring of the vehicle to meet the needs of their operation. Indeed it’s probably … Read More »

Mercedes updates mid-weight

3 years ago / 0 comments

Drivetrain The front drive Vito will use a 1.6-litre diesel delivering 88hp and 114hp, while rear drive models will use the proven 2.2-litre diesel rated at 136hp, 163hp and, in 119 BlueTec form, a … Read More »

AIA changes offer tax savings

3 years ago / 0 comments

The March 2014 Budget announced a temporary increase in Annual Investment Allowance (AIA) from £250,000 to £500,000, though it is scheduled to revert back to £250,000 on 1 January 2016. The enhanced AIA of … Read More »

Q&A: CD Auction Group on its new defleet programme

3 years ago / 0 comments

How does it work? ‘Under the Fleet Crystallisation programme, CD Auction Group will offer to pay the vendor an agreed value for any vehicle within 56 hours of it arriving on site. CD Auction … Read More »

Gaining greater fleet efficiency

3 years ago / 0 comments

Fleetmatics Fleetmatics Group has released a new software-as-service (SaaS) platform designed specifically for mobile workforces. The products that fall under the platform, including Fleetmatics REVEAL, are designed to offer a complete solution for service … Read More »

CV Show Preview

4 years ago / 0 comments

Citroën and Fiat show big van updates We’ll have an opportunity to see revised Citroën Relay and Fiat Ducato vans. As yet little is known about these two, though Citroën is promising that two … Read More »

The benefits of a business intelligence refresh

4 years ago / 0 comments

Struggling with a system that was over 10 years old and no longer able to meet the information demands of its users, Northgate hired IMGROUP to implement a new, modern system to better manage client … Read More »

YOU pay for insurance fraud!

4 years ago / 0 comments

Since the new FCA regulatory body populated last year – it did so with the vision of placing customer care at the forefront of its policies. During the Authority's commercial claims investigations over the next … Read More »

A clear case for telematics

4 years ago / 0 comments

Although vehicle telematics has been around in one shape or form since the 1990s, it’s only now appearing on the radar for many fleets – particularly car operators – as the abilities of telematics … Read More »