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Category : Road Tests

Piaggio TM Gullwing

4 years ago / 0 comments

SECTOR Microvan   PRICE £4,600–£15,000 (ex-VAT)   FUEL 82mpg   CO2 80g/km Octa-Piaggio is the new importer of Italian Piaggio commercial vehicles for the UK, founded by former Lloyds TSB Autolease commercial vehicle director, Grahame Neagus. Grahame … Read More »

DFSK Loadhopper 1.3 Tipper

4 years ago / 0 comments

SECTOR Utility   PRICE £9,999(ex-VAT)   FUEL 36mpg   CO2 184g/km DFSK UK, the importer for Chinese mini van manufacturer DFSK, has updated its Loadhopper compact commercial range, with the addition of a 1.3-litre petrol engine. The … Read More »

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

4 years ago / 0 comments

Mercedes would be the first to admit that, despite offering the full Sprinter van line-up with the option of Euro 6 specification engines, take up will remain slow until legislation catches up in 2016. … Read More »

Citroën Relay

4 years ago / 0 comments

The constant search for better fuel economy and reduced exhaust emissions has led to improved combustion design and increased engine efficiency in many van models. However, the best way to cut fuel use, is … Read More »

Mercedes-Benz Citan

4 years ago / 0 comments

Mercedes-Benz is well known for providing a vehicle to fit almost every niche sector in the car market, and it’s a similar story in the commercial vehicle world. With everything from a light van … Read More »

Vauxhall Movano 4×4

4 years ago / 0 comments

Vauxhall has introduced a four-wheel drive option for its Movano van range. Using a driven front axle and transfer box from German all-wheel drive specialist Oberaigner, which supplies components for the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4×4, … Read More »

DAF LF

4 years ago / 0 comments

SECTOR Light truck  GVW 7.5 – 21.0-tonnes  Engines 4.5  and 6.7-litres  Power range 140 – 300hp I know my place… A world away from the flat-floored, long hauling 600hp truck class, there’s a small … Read More »

Ford Transit Connect

4 years ago / 0 comments

Ford is hoping to repeat the success of its Transit Custom range with the launch of the smaller Transit Connect. The van is off to a flying start, picking up the International Van of … Read More »

Ford Transit Custom Sport

4 years ago / 0 comments

Ford’s Transit Custom has collected an enviable cabinet of trophies over the last year, including International Van of the Year. As Custom continues to filter through to the market, the company has been adding … Read More »

Toyota Proace

4 years ago / 0 comments

Toyota is extending its collaborative venture with PSA into the light commercial vehicle market. The company, whose Aygo supermini can also be found as a Citroën C1 and a Peugeot 107, is to sell a … Read More »

Ford Transit Custom

4 years ago / 0 comments

Ford is continuing to develop its Transit Custom line-up with the introduction of five ECOnetic models and a range-topping Sport Van. Where previously the fuel-efficient ECOnetic specification was simply available on one short and … Read More »

Fiat Doblo

4 years ago / 0 comments

There has never been quite so much choice in the van market, as manufacturers continually search for the last niche that might net a few more sales. This has however lead to a slight … Read More »

Vauxhall Combo Crew

4 years ago / 0 comments

Vauxhall has expanded its Combo light commercial range with the addition of a Crew Van option. As with previous models, Vauxhall will offer the Crew Van with or without rear side windows and rear … Read More »

Renault Kangoo

4 years ago / 0 comments

Renault has updated its Kangoo van, incorporating the corporate grille with tapered headlights and a larger front bumper.  Also new are black textured front bumpers and black rear light extensions, while Kangoo ZE gets … Read More »

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

4 years ago / 0 comments

Vans that are new from the ground up tend to come around every 10 to 12 years with good reason. Firstly, fleets want to transfer equipment such as racking when the vehicle is replaced … Read More »

Ford Transit Custom Kombi

5 years ago / 0 comments

Ford’s Transit Custom has quite rightly been receiving universal acclaim; it is a big step forward and takes Ford straight to the top of the one-tonne van sector. But what if you need to … Read More »

Peugeot Partner ATV

5 years ago / 0 comments

Peugeot’s subsidiary Citroën has offered a number of vans with enhanced traction devices for some years. Now Peugeot is getting in on the act. The company launched both Bipper ATV and Partner ATV vans … Read More »

Mercedes-Benz Atego

5 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Light/medium truck GVW: 6.5-16.0 tonnes Engines: 5.1-litre; 156PS, 177PS, 211PS, 231PS and 7.7-litre; 238PS, 272PS, 299PS In the last three years, Daimler trucks has been on a product offensive like no other, with a complete renewal of the … Read More »

Ssangyong Korando CSX

5 years ago / 0 comments

There is nothing new about taking the back seats out of a small SUV to create a 4×4 van. However most manufacturers start the process with a very expensive car, which can result in … Read More »

Nissan NV400 Dropside

5 years ago / 0 comments

With revised EU Whole Vehicle Type Approval regulations fast approaching, van manufacturers are increasingly looking at ways in which they can offer ready-bodied vehicles, providing the essential one-stop-shop that their customers want. Nissan has … Read More »

MINI Clubvan

5 years ago / 0 comments

MINI will tell you its new Clubvan is a commercial vehicle for companies moving up in the world. So while it’s not going to be the all-conquering replacement for a full-size van, it’s also … Read More »

Ford Fiesta Van

5 years ago / 0 comments

The introduction of a revised Ford Fiesta car has led inevitably to the launch of an updated Fiesta Van range. That said, the move wasn’t perhaps as inevitable as in the past, as Ford … Read More »

Mercedes-Benz Arocs

5 years ago / 0 comments

SECTOR Heavy truck  GVW 41.0 tonnes  ENGINE 7.7, 10.7, 12.8, 15.6-litre Euro 6, 238-625hp The Mercedes heavy truck range is almost completed by the Arocs construction range. After a new Actros long-distance truck and then the Antos – … Read More »

VW Transporter BlueMotion

5 years ago / 0 comments

Somewhat confusingly, VW offers both BlueMotion Technology on a number of vans, and a specific BlueMotion model. BlueMotion Technology (BMT) is available on both the 84hp and 114hp versions of VW’s stalwart Transporter, with … Read More »

Mercedes-Benz Citan

5 years ago / 0 comments

Yes, it’s based on Renault’s Kangoo line-up, but Mercedes has put quite a bit of work into making Citan look and feel different to its French cousin. As well as the new front end, … Read More »

Nissan e-NV200

5 years ago / 0 comments

The e-NV200 is the second of four EVs, which Nissan plans to launch in the next three years, as part of its commitment to a 90% reduction in brand CO2 emissions between 2000 and … Read More »

Peugeot Expert

5 years ago / 0 comments

Automatic transmissions and automated manual gearboxes have become increasingly popular in the car market and we are now seeing a similar, if slightly slower, move to self-shifting boxes in vans. There are a number … Read More »

Nissan NV400 SE

5 years ago / 0 comments

Now you can add a third marque to that last pairing, as Renault’s alliance partner Nissan finally gets its hands on the big van chassis, grafting on its own corporate front end to produce … Read More »

Isuzu D-Max

5 years ago / 0 comments

Since the launch in June, Isuzu UK says that it has grabbed 14% of the UK pick-up market, but an even stronger 30% of the non-fleet retail sector. Isuzu has not forgotten its core buyer … Read More »