There have never been so many vans to choose from for the International Van of the Year title, according to the recently elected chairman, Jarlath Sweeney. A total of 12 new vans have hit the market this year and all will be fighting out for the industry’s most coveted award.
Sales of Mitsubishi’s famed L200 pickup have this month passed the 1.1 million mark, with almost a quarter of those sales taking place in Thailand. In a statement this week, Mitsubishi also hinted on the design of the L200’s successor, which is due later in the year.
Nissan has announced the pricing structure and specifications of the all-new electric eNV200 van. Nine model variants will hit the UK market in total, with prices starting from £13,392 (plus VAT) for the Acenta spec van.
Volkswagen has announced they are to go-it-alone in the heavy van market, after their current manufacturing agreement with Mercedes-Benz comes to an end in 2016. A brand new production facility in Poland will assemble the next generation Crafter, which is currently built alongside the Sprinter in Dusseldorf.
Vauxhall has unveiled the latest and biggest version of its Combo panel van at the CV Show in Birmingham. The L2H2 combines the 2170mm load length of the LWB and the 1550mm of the high roof model to bring the total load volume to 5m³.
Signs of the commercial vehicle industry’s increasing self-confidence have been reflected at this year’s CV Show, which returned in spectacular form at Birmingham’s NEC arena this week. At 31,400m², floor space has increased almost 10% to accommodate a whole host of new vehicles and technologies, and seminars on industry challenges and issues.
Peugeot has revitalised it’s Boxer with a major front end redesign along with a number of technical alterations. The new van has been developed alongside sister vans the Ducato and Relay, and will be put on the market within the coming weeks.