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Asset Alliance enters traffic management vehicle hire market

Commercial vehicle leasing business Asset Alliance has launched a new ‘Total Traffic Management’ division after acquiring more than 170 specialist vehicles leased to customers by Hull-based bodybuilder Martin Williams. The new division gives operators access to a modern fleet of predominantly 3.5, 7.5, 18 and 26-tonne vehicles featuring a mix of cone wells, sign racks, [...]

Isuzu D-Max gets optional Raptor load bed protection

Isuzu has announced the addition of the tough and durable spray-on Raptor protective load bed coating from U-POL to its ever-expanding range of D-Max accessories. Traditional plastic load liners are all well and good, but can be vulnerable to scratches and damage caused by awkward loads; Raptor is a tougher, more rugged alternative and is [...]

Groupe PSA finalises Opel and Vauxhall takeover

The sale of Opel and Vauxhall by General Motors to Groupe PSA (Citroën, DS Automobiles and Peugeot) has been finalised and marks the start of a new era for the German and British brands following 88 years under the wings of the American vehicle giant. The acquisition of GM Financial’s European operations is under way, [...]

Peugeot Partner Electric to deliver for Royal Mail

The Royal Mail has signed an agreement with Peugeot to purchase 100 Partner L2 Electric vans for use as delivery vehicles across the UK. Charging stations will be installed at all sites prior to the vans going into service from December 2017. Launched in February 2017, this is the first major fleet order for the [...]

VW LCV Converter Recognition scheme goes live

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has announced that its scheme to underpin its existing van and chassis cab Engineered to Go and Engineered for You conversion programmes is now fully live. Designed to make the whole buying, servicing and aftersales support seamless with one point of contact, the new Converter Recognition scheme also extends the range of [...]

DfT mulls changes to GVW limits for electric vans

The Department for Transport is considering raising the weight threshold for light commercial vehicles from 3.5 tonne to 4.25 tonne to offset their heavier drivetrains, in turn making them more cost-effective to operate; electric vans have a GVW compromise, due to the weight of the batteries. A consultation is now under way, which would enable [...]

Truckman takes pick-up hardtop to the Max

Auto Styling Truckman had introduced the Max Hardtop for the Fiat Fullback, Ford Ranger, Isuzu D-Max, Mitsubishi L200, Toyota Hilux and Volkswagen Amarok. Tough and durable, the latest addition to Truckman’s extensive line-up is made from recyclable composite ABS and combines security with a design that complements the natural curvature of pick-ups. Read more…

Mercedes X-Class makes its worldwide debut

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 established relationship with the Renault-Nissan Alliance (Citan), X-Class is based on the underpinnings of the latest generation Nissan Navara and the [...]

Ford updates Transit Custom for 2018

Ford has announced a round of significant internal and exterior styling, active safety and Sync mid-life revisions for Transit Custom. Production of the newcomers starts in late 2017, five years after the Custom was introduced, with customer deliveries starting in early 2018. Read more…

New hardtop converts Hilux into mobile workshop

Truckman has launched a new Utility hardtop that converts the latest-generation Hilux Double Cab and Extra Cab into a mobile workshop. It can support equipment with a static weight of up to 100kg. The new hardtop is aimed at field-based engineers undertaking off-highway activities in sectors such as gas, electricity, water, track side and telecommunications [...]

Isuzu Grafters keep Scottish home fires burning

West Lothian-based Champfleurie Estates has added a third Isuzu Grafter 3.5-tonner to its home distribution fleet to deliver bagged firewood and other timber products. It has been specified with a bespoke dropside body with a larger carrying capacity than its two predecessors which enables the newcomer to accommodate two standard builders’ bags of firewood side-by-side [...]

Half-year 2017 new LCV sales show slowdown

With the release of the official Society of Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT) LCV (up to 3.5 tonne) registration figures for June it’s becoming apparent that the unprecedented growth seen in recent years has peaked. A total of 37,349 vehicles were sold in June, an increase of 1.8 per cent compared with the same month last [...]

VW Caddy plays it safe with upgraded specifications

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has improved the standard specification across the Caddy range, paying particular attention to safety. As of 1 June 2017, Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB, which includes Front Assist with City Emergency Braking) is fitted as standard to every Caddy van sold in the UK, supplementing the existing driver, passenger and side airbags and [...]
DVAZ at Toolfair

Tooled up for DVAZ!

If you are planning to visit Toolfair in Manchester today or tomorrow – be sure to visit DriveVansA2Z exhibitor Vantainer.  On the Vantainer stand you can register to become a reader of VansA2Z and receive a promotional code to claim your free entry ticket to Silverstone – normal price £25.  
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1019 Test Drives – A great success

1019 test drives were completed during the two days of DriveVansA2Z at Silverstone last month and now we are back from our (well-earned) holidays the planning starts for the 2017 Show.  If you want to be one of the first to know when DriveVansA2Z will take place next year then you can follow us on Twitter, [...]

632 Test Drives – How many can we do today?

Hundreds of test drives were completed at Silverstone yesterday with visitors trying out all kinds of vans, conversions, 4×4 pick=ups on the Stowe circuit and other locations around this famous circuit in Northamptonshire. If you haven’t registered to attend to come and test a whole range of vehicles, there is still time or you can check [...]
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The Sun Shines on DAY 1

DriveVansA2Z got off to a cracking start today, with dry conditions and some sunshine too! Perfect conditions for test driving the huge selection of Light Commercial Vehicles available. Yesterdays rain has added some extra challenge to the 4×4 Off-Road course too! With realistic and varied driving conditions, as well as the chance to take a [...] Tagged With: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Silverstone Stowe Circuit Sunrise

Sun coming up over the Stowe complex.

Here is a nice picture of the sun rising over the Stowe complex. In 12 hours the paddock will have transformed into an exciting show ground. As build day progresses we will keep you updated. Don’t forget, show opens at 08:30 tomorrow morning. If you haven’t booked your tickets yet, don’t miss out. There is [...] Tagged With: , , , , , , , ,