Owners of older Volkswagen vans are being offered free roadside assistance
- Created: 26 August 2015
Do you own a Volkswagen Commercial vehicle that's 10 years old or less?
If you need a full or interim service performed on your van then take it down to a Volkswagen Van Centre for the service and be given a years free Volkswagen Roadside Assistance within the UK - for FREE!
Qualifying customers will receive a roadside package worth £99 per year, which gives VW van owners access to a dedicated group of 90 Volkswagen Group trained support technicians as well as full support from the AA roadside team.
Now customers can rest easy knowing that (if need be), they can call on the support of dedicated Volkswagen technicians who are equipped with the latest in diagnostic equipment and specialist Volkswagen tools and parts.
Volkswagen Roadside Assistance customers will also benefit from the AA roadside service package which includes; recovery to home or an appropriate repairer if the vehicle is not fixable roadside, onward travel for up to seven passengers, European cover and AA's Home Start service.
Mercedes-Benz are celebrating the Sprinter van's 20th anniversary
- Created: 20 August 2015
Mercedes-Benz are getting ready to celebrate the Sprinter van's 20th anniversary by releasing a 'Sprinter 20th Anniversary' edition.
Originally released back in April 1995 the Sprinter has sold more than 327,201 units in the UK (figures correct up to June 2015) with 69,457 of those being the Sprinter 313 CDI MWB.
The Sprinter is used by a wide range of businesses from home delivery services such as Ocado, Sainsbury's, Iceland, DPD, DHL and Yodel as well as construction companies like HSS Hire and A-Plant.
More than 250,000 Sprinters that have been sold are panel vans with 71,769 chassis cab variants making up the remainder. Up to 745 vans can be built a day at the Sprinter factory in Düsseldorf - that's 214,560 vehicles that can be produced a year!
Mercedes are reportedly going to produce a maximum of 1.200 special edition 20th Anniversary vehicles with each vehicle sporting a 'Sprinter 20' badge on the front wing. Also available as an added option is the a 'bespoke option bundle' consisting of air conditioning, satellite navigation, a chrome grille, wheel trims and driver's comfort seat armrest - Mercedes state that these added options are worth £2,000 but will be priced at just £750.
Currently the most mileage on a Sprinter in the UK is 995,242 miles, this vehicle was registered in January 1999, closely following this is a vehicle that was registered in November 2005 and has clocked up an impressive 964,436 miles.
UK van industry sales have slipped
- Created: 07 August 2015
Van sales have slipped back slightly in July, with a fall of just under one per cent.
This one per cent drop marks the first time in 2015 that van registrations have declined. However as a whole the CV market climbed 3.7 per cent in July with 24,546 registered that month. Resulting with van registrations up 17 per cent year-to-date.
Mike Hawes the Chief Executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT) has said, "Demand is still at a very high level, with year-to-date van registrations up 17 per cent as confident businesses continue to invest in their fleets and capitalise on the ongoing trend for home deliveries."
Ford had the most vehicle registrations during July with a share of 26.6 per cent of the market while Volkswagen claimed 15.3 per cent followed by; Vauxhall on 12.2 per cent, Mercedes on 8.4 per cent, Citroen and Peugeot took 8.4 and 8.3 per cent respectively.
Are Toyota channeling Mad Max?
- Created: 24 July 2015
We love it when manufacturers show off new vehicles, even more so when they are unusual or are heading in a different direction to what's already on the market.
This is why we love the look of the Toyota Ultimate Utility Vehicle, it looks like something that Batman would drive or something that you might see in the new Mad Max Fury Road movie.
Due to be presented at the SEMA motor show in November this year the 'Ultimate Utility Vehicle' is bound to draw some large crowds.
Volkswagen T6 pricing revealed
- Created: 17 July 2015
Taking inspiration from both the T1 'Splitty' and the previous T5 models the Sixth Generation Transporter or 'T6' was announced at a show in Amsterdam earlier this year.
With the order books open since early July, and with the first arrivals due to land at Volkswagen Van Centres in September, the new generation Transporter has set chins wagging with the question of cost for the popular vehicle on the lips of many.
Starting off at £17,754 plus VAT for the Startline edition, £19,755 plus VAT for the Trendline and £23,315 plus VAT for the Highline edition; there are more versions of this new Transporter on offer than previous generations. There has been no mention yet of a Sportline edition being on the cards but we're sure that it'll see a T6 release.
Despite being an entry-level vehicle the Startline packs in a lot of features as standard; making use of new safety features the Startline has Volkswagen's 'Post Collision Braking' system installed, a system that automatically applies the brakes should a collision occur, helping to reduce the risk of a secondary impact. Also included as standard is BlueMotion Technology, a DAB+ digital radio, Bluetooth and USB connectivity as well as a 5" touchscreen and infotainment system.
The Trendline has everything that the Startline has included as well as some additional extras; new wheel trims, a full-height steel bulkhead (on the panel van version), body-coloured bumpers as well as rear parking sensors. Also included as standard is the 'Comfort pack' that consists of additional noise suppression being fitted, foldable grab handles on A-pillars, extra storage compartments and dimmable cabin lights.
As the top of the range variant you'd expect the Highline to be packing in some impressive features and added extras, and you wouldn't be wrong. As well as boasting all the same extras that the Trendline is offering the Highline includes a heated windscreen, automatic driving light control, daytime running lights, a new multifunction leather steering wheel and 16-inch Clayton alloy wheels as standard.
The Highline model also comes with front fog lights (with cornering function) and a Thatcham Category 1-approved alarm fitted as standard.
T6 Generation Six Edition
When Volkswagen unveiled the sixth generation Transporter, they did so with the image you can see above, the new T6 sitting side-by-side with a classic T1 Split Screen both in two-tone paint.
Unfortunately after this reveal Volkswagen's UK PR department announced at the Amsterdam event that the UK was unlikely to see this variant reach it's shores.
Well it appears that Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles have had a rethink, and have now stated that they will be offering the T6 Generation Six limited edition in all of it's two-tone Candy White and Cherry Red painted glory after all! Huzzah!
While the details are scarce we do know that it will come equipped with a 2.0-litre TDI 150 PS engine and a DSG gearbox. A full specification and pricing for this limited edition will be announced separately.