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Van roundup: Dec 2008

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FORD has overhauled the best-selling Transit for 2009, with new bodystyles, options and eco aids.

The new Transit Double Cab-in-Van looks set to be a popular model. This caters for businesses needing to move both people and payloads.

It is a front-drive, medium wheelbase low roof model, which offers the familiar 2.2-litre TDCi engine in three guises: 85PS, 115PS and 140PS.


Prices start, ex VAT, from £17,420.

There is also the new Transit Double Cab Utility Chassis. This has unglazed second row doors, and has had its rear seats removed. Benefit? A secure load area for valuable equipment.

It eliminates the need for a heavy, costly bed-mounted box – which would also reduce rear payload.

Ford has also catered for taxi drivers after local authority approval. For £80, the glass can be given a light tint option. There’s also now a Thatcham alarm available, for £175, on all Transit double chassis cabs.


And for van drivers keen to do their bit for the environment, Ford has fitted a gearshift indicator light. This blinks when it’s most economic to change gear.

Steve Kimber, commercial vehicles director, Ford of Britain, said: ‘We are always looking to build on Transit core values of cost, economy and durability. Large and small companies alike are always looking for security options, a good environment for the driver and a vehicle that is bespoke for their needs.

‘Listening to those requests for new options creates the strength of Transit and its siblings.’

Van-tastic bargains from Vauxhall!
REDUCTIONS of up to £7800 are headlining a dramatic post-Christmas van sale from Vauxhall.

Running until January 31, the savings on Vauxhall Commercial Vehicles include that dramatic £7800 cut, off the big Movano model.

But there are savings to be had across the board:

• Vivaro savings of up to £4100
• Combo savings of up to £3500
• Astravan savings of up to £3500
• Corsavan savings of up to £3000

The savings are all against ex-VAT prices, and at participating Vauxhall van dealers only. We’re sure they’ll be of huge interest to credit-crunched van buyers, though…

Nissan previews ‘best in class’ new van

NISSAN’S forthcoming all-new NV200 compact van will boast the best in class cargo efficiency when it hits showrooms in 2009.

The new model has a clever new cargo area design, dubbed ‘smart cargo floor’.

This swallows a standard Europallet between the rear wheelarches. It also takes loads of up to 4.1 cubic metres, despite exterior dimensions in line with other compact vans.

Nissan’s new van, which arrives in the second half of 2009, will also be supported by a specialised sales and aftersales network. Nissan is, right now, recruiting and training dealers for this.

‘The NV200 is a key product for the future success of the Nissan LCV business,’ said Andy Palmer, corporate vice president of Nissan’s LCV Business Unit.

‘It will allow us to enter key markets with an innovative proposition based on customers’ unmet needs.

‘The NV200 creates a new segment in the small van sector.’

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