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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.

Volkswagen have announced that the unveiling of the fourth generation Caddy van will take place in February 2015.

Not much is known about the upcoming model although it is rumoured to have a more productive load space.

The Volkswagen Caddy was released back in the early 80s and has built up a reputation as a hard wearing, reliable van.

It is rumoured that the new 2015 model will have similar styling to the 2015 VW Polo, featuring a similar frontend to the vehicle.

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While the current generation of Caddy vans has proven to be immensely popular the small van’s shortfalls are becoming increasingly more apparent. When compared with competitive models like the Ford Transit Connect and Fiat Doblo the loading characteristics don’t sit as prettily.

Currently the maximum payload is 800kg, less than the one tonne for the Connect and Doblo. Also, most modern day vans feature wheel arch separation greater than 1,200mm - to accommodate a Europallet lengthways. The third generation Caddy features only 1,170mm.

We believe that the fourth generation Caddy van will feature improved loading characteristics to help ensure that it can remain on par with the competition and a firm favourite for years to come.