All those in attendance at this year’s UK Commercial Vehicle Show should keep their eyes peeled for the grand unveiling of the SmartWitness, which despite looking innocuous, promises to reduce insurance premiums for commercial vehicle drivers across the UK.
After a beleaguered 2012, 2013 has started much more brightly for van manufacturers. January has seen a 12 per cent rise to 16,049 in registrations of vans up to 3.5 tonnes when compared to the same period last year.
A recent blunder by Transport for London has led to the compensation of 35 van operators who were wrongly advised their vehicles no longer met the requirements of the London Low Emission Zone.
Citroen are looking to create a spark at this year’s Commercial Vehicle Show in the Birmingham NEC. The newcomer is due to be one of the star attractions on the Citroen stand, where several other Citroen LCVs will also be launched between 9th and 11th April.
Figures released this week show that the Ford Transit has just pipped the VW Transporter to the post as the most searched for light commercial vehicle in 2012 on the Van Trader website.
The latest figures for the year ending 2012 have shown the number of cars exported overseas from British car plants has hit a record high of 1.2million, up 8% on 2011. Meanwhile, fortunes for UK commercial vehicle manufacturers have not been so favourable, with exports falling by nearly 10%.
The newly facelifted Fiesta Van which was available to order from January has been released amidst claims of class-leading efficiency. All of the diesel engines produced by Ford deliver less than 100g/km of CO2 emissions and produce an enviable fuel economy of more than 76.4mpg.
Recent research suggests that motorists who drive as part of their jobs pose the greatest risk to other road users, adding weight to the adage that familiarity breeds contempt.