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Lord March a regular at the Goodwood Festival of Speed has been spotted signing a Peugeot van - not one of his usual signatory duties we're sure!

Why was he signing this van you ask?

Well this van was donated by Peugeot to the Marcus Rutherford Foundation, a charity that was set up by Mike Rutherford a former Telegraph columnist in a bid to help young adults who are on the cancer and bone marrow transplant wards at University College London Hospital.

Lord March signing a Peugeot van at the Goodwood FoS

We recently reported on the announcement of the new fourth generation VW Caddy panel van which is due for a mid-year release.

The new vehicle has been priced at £13,500 and is set for a September release with orders opening in late June. The Caddy is Volkswagen's second best selling commercial vehicle, only beaten by the VW Transporter.

Volkswagen Caddy 4th Generation

This generation of Caddy is offering a new engine line-up, improved comfort and better safety features over previous generations. Launch editions come with a choice of three 2.0-litre engines with 74bhp, 101bhp and 148bhp versions available - an EU6 compliant 2.0-litre 101bhp unit is available too.

Each Caddy comes with either a five or six-speed manual gearbox. Higher powered engines have the choice of using a DSG automatic gearbox that offers six or seven-speeds depending on the engine power output.

There is also a standalone BlueMotion variant that has been introduced to the line-up which features an EU6 compliant 101bhp engine with five-speed manual gearbox. This eco-friendly model offers fuel economy of 65.7mpg and CO2 emissions of 114g/km.

The new Caddy also takes advantage of Volkswagen's new safety features, such as Park Assist and a rear-view reversing camera. There are additional measures that drivers can choose from when specifying their van; Adaptive Cruise Control with Front Assist and City Emergency Braking to name a few.

The announced price tag of £13,500 excludes VAT and OTR charges with standard equipment on-board; a five-inch touchscreen Composition Colour radio system with DAB+ and Bluetooth capability, electric windows and heated and electrically adjustable wing mirrors, driver and front passenger front, side and curtain airbags and a new post-collision braking system plus a seatbelt reminder.

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles have unveiled their latest addition to the Transporter range in the form of the California camper variant.

This new addition is based on the current Transporter T6 van and is the fourth model to bear the name 'California'. Volkswagen are stating that it is the only factory-built camper van on the market. The new camper is available in two different models; the Ocean (set to replace the current SE model) and the Beach.

Sleeping arrangements are the same as the previous generation with enough room to sleep four thanks to the 1.2m x 2m double bed that folds away neatly into the rear seating and the inclusion of the pop-up roof where another two can sleep soundly.

The Ocean models come fully equipped with a fully-functional kitchen, 42-litre refrigerator, stainless steel sink unit and twin-burner hob.

As for the vehicle itself the engines have been improved and are now 15 per cent more efficient than their predecessors. There are both petrol and diesel units available with the power ranging from 101bhp 2.0-litre TDI diesel to a 201bhp 2.0-litre TSI petrol unit. Also on offer are twin-clutch DSG gearboxes as well as 4Motion all-wheel drive.

Volkswagen California Camper

 

Ford have made some amendments to their small panel van the Ford Transit Connect with alterations being made across the whole range.

The previous 1.6-litre engine has been replaced with a more efficient 1.5-litre TDCI diesel engine, which Ford is saying offers a six per cent improvement in fuel economy (around 74.3mpg) over the 1.6-litre engine.

Ford Transit Connect TDCI engine

Less than two years since the original Ford Transit Connect was released onto the market, this new upgrade ensures that the new range of vehicle will be Euro 6 compliant without the use of Adblue and Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology.

Ford are now offering Traffic Sign Recognition as an additional extra a useful feature that scans the oncoming road for speed signs and other road rules then alerts the driver of speed limits and displays them on the main instrument panel. Also offered is Ford's Lane Keeping Aid (a useful addition which steers you back into your lane if the system detects you're drifting without wishing to), both of these features have never been offered in the small van segment before and Ford have made a first by making these features available with the Transit Connect.

 Ford Transit Connect

The new vehicles will have access to Ford's second generation infotainment system, the 'SYNC2'. Featuring a high-resolution, six inch colour touchscreen, the SYNC2 allows advanced voice control over connected mobile phones, audio, navigation and even climate control (inside the van, not globally).

Phil Hollins, Ford's Commercial Vehicle marketing, sales and service director has stated, "The all-new Transit Connect has proved a real hit with European businesses thanks to its smart looks, great fuel economy and capable load space."

He also added, "With even lower fuel costs and amazing new technologies, Transit Connect delivers an even stronger proposition to our commercial customers."

Pricing has yet to be announced.

 

Nissan have announced that they will be launching a new seven-seat version of their e-NV200 electric van-based MPV.

The new vehicle is being toted as the world's first 'pure' electric seven-seat vehicle with Nissan introducing it as a reaction to the level of interest that has been shown by larger families and fleet operators in such a vehicle.

Nissan e-NV200

Based on the award winning Nissan LEAF the new vehicle can range up to 106 miles on a single charge and can be recharged at up to 80% of full capacity in 30 minutes, plus the e-NV200 is reported to have running costs of just two pence per mile, saving drivers up to £2,500 over three years when compared with diesel vehicles.

The new e-NV200 will be available as either; a panel van, fiver or seven seat combi, and a five or seven seat Evalia.

Arriving in UK showrooms this summer, the new seven seat vehicle called the Evalia, will cost from £19,895 for buyers who use Nissan's Flex Battery leasing option (incorporating the new Government Plug-In Car Grant), or £23,400 for those who buy the vehicle outright (including the Government grant).