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Volkswagen have released details for their fourth-generation Caddy light commercial vehicle due for release in mid-2015.

With a slightly updated look, the inclusions of Euro 6 compliant engines and new driver assistance system this is looking set to become the best Caddy yet.

Volkswagen has said that this new vehicle will build on the successes of its predecessor the third-generation Caddy, a vehicle that sold over 1.5 million units during its eleven year lifespan.

The alterations to the vehicles exterior are minimal, revised front and rear bumpers, a redesigned tailgate, new head and tail lights as well as new smooth side panels.

The changes to the interior are immediately more noticeable with a new dashboard, a flat bottomed steering wheel and new infotainment and navigation systems.

Another new addition is the inclusion of an EU6 compliant engine and is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel unit which is available in three power outputs of 74bhp, 101bhp and 148bhp.

There have been several high level safety features included in this new generation Caddy, all designed to improve safety and add comfort for the driver and any additional passengers.

Hans-Joachim Rothenpieler, Member of the Board for Technical Development of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has said, “To achieve this, we have incorporated a large number of driver assistance systems, which are unmatched in the urban delivery van segment”.

One of these new additions is ‘Front Assist’ surroundings monitoring system which also includes ‘City Emergency Braking’. If the driver is travelling at speeds of 30 km/h (19 mph) or less, the system automatically applies the brakes if the river has failed to see an obstacle, thus helping to prevent any collisions.

Another safety feature is the award winning Multi-collision Brake System and best of all it is included as standard on the new Caddy. Approximately 22 per cent of all accidents are collisions with more than one vehicle. The Multi-collision Brake System automatically initiates braking if the driver is no longer able to take action.

This new addition is expected for a UK release later on in the year. UK specifications and pricing have not yet been announced.

Mercedes-Benz have launched a new Sport variant to their popular small panel van the Citan.

This new model is currently only available to the UK market and offers a higher specification than the standard Citan.

According to Mercedes-Benz the new sporty version is a cost-effective way of standing out from the crowd and going down the route of owning a premium vehicle.

The Citan Sport has a choice of six metallic paint colours, colour coded wing mirrors, bumpers, 16-inch alloys, chrome trim on the grille, sidebars and a tailgate plus daytime running lights.

That’s just what’s on the outside, the interior also has the addition of a leather trimmed steering wheel, sports badges on the floor mats plus air conditioning.

There is a choice of either 89bhp (109CDi) or 109bhp (111CDi) being offered with only the long wheelbase version of the Citan available.

Prices for the new Citan Sport start from £16,490 plus VAT for the new 109CDi which is only £2,000 more than the standard base model.

Another addition to the new Citan Sport is the inclusion of three-year unlimited mileage warranty MobiloVan UK as standard. This gives drivers and passengers peace of mind in the event of a breakdown or warranty repair that may take more than two hours. Mercedes-Benz own Service24 is also included in the package and is the brands own roadside assistance service.

The new Citan Sport is being offered to businesses from £199 a month (incl VAT) when based on a £1,500 deposit contribution plus 15 per cent deposit over 36 months through the use of Mercedes-Bens Financial Services.

Towards the end of 2014 it was becoming apparent that van sales were growing in strength. This is a trend that has continued on through the new year with figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT) showing 22,049 new van registrations in January alone.

SMMT Chief Executive Mike Hawes has said, “The truck market posted a strong return to form in January. Changes to Euro Standards and Type Approval Regulations in 2014 affected demand last year, and now we are starting to see a return to business as usual”.

He later went on to add, “The number of vans registered this month has once again increased, reflecting raised levels of business confidence and demand for a range of efficient, well equipped models. Successes in both markets have seen the total commercial vehicle market grow significantly for a ninth consecutive month.”

Once again Ford have continued to dominate the van sector with it's best selling Transit registering 6,181 vehicles in January - increasing it's market share to 28 per cent, up from the 26.8 per cent in January 2014.

This is followed by Volkswagen and Peugot who hold 13.1 and 12 per cent respectively.

The Grimshaw Lane Dairy in Ormskirk has started using four Nissan e-NV200 vans. The Dairy is using its new commercial vehicles to make daily deliveries to businesses and homes in and around the town.

The new vehicles have been named Tilly, Bovine, Ermintrude and Daisy by their new drivers and are set to replace Grimshaw’s fleet of aging diesel vehicles with the latest additions covering an average of 50 miles a day, making around 500 deliveries each.

We recently reported that Fruit 4 London was making good use of the Nissan e-NV200 and was enjoying the fact that a full overnight charge costs just £2 and can cover 106 miles on a single charge.

With the vehicle running from British-built Nissan LEAF technology and costing just 2 pence per mile the fleet is saving the dairy £900 a month in fuel.

Members of staff are satisfied with the new Nissan fleet and the added functionality these new vehicles have over their older diesel counterparts. The ability to defrost their vehicles using an app on their mobile phones before getting up to start their shifts in the early hours has proved to be a huge hit.

The new additions are also making local residents happier too as the early morning deliveries, made around 1:30am, are now done in near silence due to the electronic motor driving the vehicle.

Grimshaw Dairy Managing director Andrew Brown has said, “Switching to the Nissan e-NV200 was a no brainer for us. Basically the savings we’re making on the fuel have paid for the contract hire on the vans and we’ll be saving on the maintenance too.” – he is already making plans to swap his two remaining diesel vehicles with e-NV200s in the upcoming months.

 

The Birmingham NEC is this year’s host for the 2015 Commercial Vehicle Show and visitor registration has opened.

Taking place between the 14th – 16th April the CV Show 2015 is looking set to be one of the biggest yet, with 385 exhibitors already booked. Exhibitors will be able to show off their latest products and services. Including vehicle manufacturers such as; Citroen, Fiat, Ford, DAF, Iveco, Mercedes-Benz and many more.

You can view the A to Z of exhibitors here.

Attendees will also be able to view fresh products and ideas from insurers, tyre manufacturers, training providers and other ancillary service providers.

If you are looking to go to the event make sure you book your tickets soon as visitor spots are sure to be filled up quickly – you can book your tickets online here.