Fiesta Van 2018
A major surprise at the recent CV Show was the return of the small business favourite, the Ford Fiesta Van. Petrol and diesel options will be available plus a sports version featuring a sporty body kit.
Britain's bestselling car ditches the rear windows and rear seats for a load bay approximately 1.0 cubic metre in size which is finished inside with rubber floor and tough sidewall trimming. Ford claims that the latest Fiesta Van can carry 500kg- this doesn’t make any practicality gains over the previous generation van.
New changes can be found throughout the cabin with a heavily updated dashboard, Ford’s SYNC 3 eight-inch colour touchscreen unit can be added as an optional extra as can Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The Fiesta van will also feature the latest driver assistance and safety features with pre-collision warning system with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking available while adaptive cruise control and blind spot warning is also offered as standard.
The Fiesta Sport Van variant will bring some style into your fleet, boasting a body-kit inspired by the Fiesta ST-Line and 18-inch alloy wheels. Inside the Sport Van gets sportier seats, pedals, and a flat-bottomed steering wheel with the Ford’s SYNC 3 eight-inch colour touchscreen unit and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard.
LANd Cruiser Utility
The CV show saw Toyota launch the Land Cruiser Utility Commercial for the first time in the UK. The commercial variant of the Land Cruiser will come in either three or five-door versions and will have a payload of up to 756kg and a three-tonne towing limit. The load area is fully lined with a flat, non-slip tray and full bulkhead as standard.
All versions of the Utility Commercial will be powered by a 2.8-litre D-4D four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine. This produces 177hp and 420Nm of torque in the three-door short-wheelbase (SWB) variant, rising to 450Nm in the five-door long-wheelbase (LWB) variant. Top speed is 108mph and claimed fuel economy is 38.1mpg.
The Land Cruiser comes with adjustable head restraints, air conditioning, cruise control and a six-speaker audio system as standard. Safety equipment comprises multi-terrain ABS, trailer sway control and tyre pressure warning system/
Nissan e-NV200 - 40 kWh battery
Nissan used the recent CV show to showcase the new 40 kWh battery found in the e-NV200 electric van. Replacing the 24-kWh battery previous used, Nissan states that the new pack enables a range of 124 miles between charges based on the WLTP combined cycle comfortably more than the 55 miles a day covered by the average van in the UK.
The e-NV200 can be charged from 0-100% in around 7.5 hours using a wall box and up to 80% in around 60 minutes using a Rapid Charger. The battery comes with an eight year and 100,000-mile warranty. The battery pack is different from the Leaf as Nissan includes a new active thermal management system.
The new e-NV200 also features an upgraded onboard charger, now 6 kW with unique bi-directional charging technology, enabling operators to return excess energy stored in the battery back to the grid which could help generate extra revenue from charging the van when energy costs are low, and selling back to the grid at peak times.
The e-NV200 offers plenty of load space- like the NV200 it has 4.2 cubic metres of volume in the rear with a load bay of 2.04 metres. With the optional folding passenger seat that extends to 2.8 metres, and the 1.22-metre width at its narrowest point means the load bay can hold two Euro pallets.
New Ford Transit Custom
The Ford Transit Custom is getting a makeover, Ford shifted 84,000 Transit Customs last year. If the Transit was a brand on its own it would be the eighth biggest-selling in Britain.
The bold new face-lift brings a new distinctive three-bar grille, HD headlamps with daytime running light and striking new wheel design. The new headlights are slimmer and more high-tech, with HID Xenon bulbs and LED daytime running lights.
As previously there are two roof heights, two wheelbase options and payload options up to 1,450kg with variants including a double-cab in van models. Storage improvements now mean that there is up to 25 litres of storage in the dashboard.
In addition to the striking fresh look, the 2018 Custom gets an ‘all-new’ cabin, based on the new Fiesta interior with a focus on comfort and quality. The Transit comes with new fold-out cup holder, new door panels, Ford SYNC 3 infotainment system and Android Auto/Apple CarPlay.
Filled with the latest technology the Ford Transit comes with intelligent speed limiter which uses traffic sign recognition to automatically restrict vehicle speed to the legal limit and blind spot assist with rear cross traffic. Alongside that you'll have access to auto braking, lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control.
The new Custom carries over the three 2.0-litre EcoBlue turbodiesel engines from the current model. Replacing the old 2.2-litre diesel, these are available with 105hp, 130hp and 170hp and meet the latest Euro 6 emissions standards. This will be available with a six-speed manual transmission as standard with a Select Shift six-speed automatic gearbox as an option.
2018 will also see the return of the Transit Custom Econetic – a version specially optimised to deliver low CO2 emissions and higher fuel economy. Variant will be available on 300 SWB versions and that model uses the lower-powered engine along with a calibration for economy, stop-start and low rolling resistance tyres to save fuel.
Volkswagen New Business Packs
Volkswagen used the recent CV Show to launch a new range of ‘business packs’ aimed at saving fleets money. The new business packs adds items of specification which business customers most frequently specify at a competitive combined price. The business packs are available on the Caddy (panel van and kombi), the Transporter (panel van only) and the Crafter (panel van and chassis cab).
Volkswagen Caddy Business Pack
The Caddy business pack is available on the entry-level Startline trim, and includes:
- Rear parking sensors
The pack costs £950 which is a saving of £520 versus adding all the extras separately.
Volkswagen Transporter Business Pack
Transporter: Volkswagen’s best-selling van is also available with a business pack on Startline models, this includes:
- Rear parking sensors
It costs £975 (£25 more isn’t bad for the added safety of a bulkhead, is it?), and represents a saving of £510 compared to buying those elements separately.
Volkswagen Crafter Business Pack
When it comes to the Crafter, the business pack is offered on both Startline and Trendline models, and includes the following:
- Front and rear parking sensors
- Two folding remote key fobs
- Overhead storage compartment inside the cab
The cost for this is £1,250 – which represents a chunky £1,320 saving over the combined individual pricing.