VW announce 60th anniversary pack for Transporter range
- Created: 19 September 2014
You may know it but 2014 marks the 60th anniversary of the VW Transporter in the UK, and to celebrate Volkswagen has announced a new special edition model called the Sportline 60.
In addition, Volkswagen is also releasing a 'birthday present' in the form of a special package of features for all VW Transporters. These add-ons are exclusive extras and Volkswagen says they will allow owners of the T5 Transporter to really make their vehicles stand out from the crowd.
The 60th anniversary pack is available to buy from the 22nd September 2014 and will include Chrome detailing on the mirror caps, side indicators, tail guard and grille. There will also be LED running lights, waterproof embroidered seat covers, plus 'Transporter 60' decals for the exterior.
According to Volkswagen, the first 250 customers who order the accessory pack will be given a copy of a limited edition coffee table book that celebrates 60 years of Transporters in the UK. The anniversary pack prices start from £609 and go up to £1,009 (incl VAT and fitting). The pack is expected to be available into 2015 as an end date has not yet been set.
Volkswagen announce limited edition Caddy Black Edition
- Created: 05 September 2014
Volkswagen have unveiled a new limited edition model of their popular Caddy Van
This new addition is called the 'Black Line' and is only available in black pearlescent paint, so it certainly lives up to its name.
The new Caddy is also sporting a lower profile due to its dropped, sport suspension – and the new van sits pretty on 17-inch black wheels. It is worth mentioning, however, that the Black Line is only available as the short-wheelbase panel van, but it’s all powered by a 101bhp 1.6-litre TDI diesel engine.
The premium look of the van is finished with silver roof rails and a chromed radiator grille for extra bling.
As this is a limited run model, available from October to December, Volkswagen have spared no expense on the interior with the new special edition being based on the Caddy van top-or-the range Highline trim variant.
Inside the panel van you will find a full-height solid bulkhead separating the cab and the cargo bay, this helps to keep noise levels down while the engine is running. The cab is fitted out with leather and Alcantara seats and you will also find more leather on the gearshift lever as well as the multi-function steering wheel.
Being the 21st Century premium model that the Black Edition is there is plenty of tech available to the driver on demand. All accessible from the dash, the driver is only a fingertip away from a trip computer, Bluetooth, and a CD player with radio and aux-in socket. The Caddy also has cruise control, rear parking sensors and heated wing mirrors which can be electrically adjusted.
The new Caddy Black Line edition will be available from the 1st October 2014 until 31st December 2014 and is priced at £17,860 (ex. VAT) so if you want one you'd better act fast!
If you are lucky enough to get your hands on this new model you'll want to make sure that your new vehicle is fully covered, so why not look into getting a van insurance quote from iVan to see if we can help you save.
Yodel shortlisted for the 2014 CCA Excellence 'Global Customer Care Award'
- Created: 29 August 2014
Courier company Yodel has been shortlisted as one of the finalists in the “Best Technology Partnership” category at the 2014 CCA Excellence Awards.
The CCA is the leading independent authority on contact centre strategies and operations. Yodel has been recognised for its new bespoke social media management tool 'Cadence', a powerful Social Media Groupware program for businesses created by Felicitas Media.
According to Yodel, Cadence has increased the productivity of their social media team by up to 150%, including the useful ability to check delivery queues, report driver/customer interactions and route consignments - this all helps to alleviate and resolve any customer queries or complaints.
Dick Stead, executive chairman of Yodel has said, "We’re delighted to have reached the final stage for this prestigious award, It’s deserved recognition for both Yodel and Felicitas Media, who has helped us to evolve our social media service."
This is a massive positive for the independent parcel carrier as back in January of this year they had been voted the worst parcel delivery service for the second year running with up to 58% of Yodel customers stating that they had received a 'bad' experience when using the courier..
Yodel deliver parcels for several big named brands including Argos, Boots, Tesco Direct and Amazon. Customers were given little choice of courier and often had to sit and wait for Yodel to deliver, all the while receiving below average results according to Martin Lewis, founder of MoneySavingExpert.com.
It appears however that Yodel is now on the up-and-up with the inclusion of the Cadence social media program being used by their teams and an obvious turnaround in customer satisfaction.
We wish Yodel the best of luck with the upcoming nomination as they stand against the likes of Samsung Electronics UK, Santander UK, and Serco - LivePerson, all hoping to win the award.
A crackdown on cowboy motor technicians
- Created: 22 August 2014
The Institute of Motor Industry (IMI) has been campaigning to parliament for the introduction of a new licence for motor technicians working in the UK motor industry.
Each year more than 2,000 accidents are caused by poor vehicle maintenance. According to road safety charity BRAKE, in 2011 there were 2,125 crashes, with 52 resulting in fatalities, attributable to inadequate motor maintenance.
The IMI has already received positive reaction to the initiative from numerous leading automotive companies including: AutoGlass, TrustFord, REMIT and Inchcape UK to name but a few.
UK government has stated that in 2015 it will be legal to own and use driverless cars on UK roads. The IMI believes a level of regulation will be necessary to ensure that motor technicians are compliant with the higher standards of safety checks and maintenance works necessary to help guarantee the safety of motorists once these types of vehicles are in use.
Steve Nash, the CEO of IMI, said, “The imminent prospect of autonomous vehicles on UK roads makes the issue of licensing extremely urgent. Service technicians without the proper training are increasingly putting themselves and motorists at risk."
He added that research undertaken by the IMI has shown that "MPs currently see the motor industry as low skilled, low paid and dirty. It is vital that they and the public come to a better understanding of the requirements necessary to work on modern vehicles, especially with a new wave of technology on the horizon".
The IMI is still trying to get this licensing to be made statutory and they may still have some way to go. In our opinion, ensuring that automotive technicians are highly trained, skilled and regulated will help to keep us all safe on the roads.
It is important to make sure that you always have the correct van insurance when driving your van on the road, this may help if you do suffer an accident that was caused by operating a poorly-maintained vehicle.
'Crash for cash' fraudsters targeting van drivers
- Created: 15 August 2014
The number of criminals specialising in 'crash for cash' scams involving vans is increasing, according to a recent report by the APU (Asset Protection Unit).
The report states that one third of 10,000 annual crash scams deliberately target vans.
The Asset Protection Unit, which is comprised of former forensic investigators and Police Officers, has shed some insight into why more van drivers are being targeted by these criminal gangs It has been reasoned that van drivers are more likely to be fully insured and, due to their busy work schedules, they may be less likely to dispute an insurance claim.
Neil Thomas, APU's Director of Investigative Services and a former Detective Inspector of West Midlands Police, stated, "This is yet another example of how criminal fraud gangs are becoming more sophisticated – they are thinking quite hard about exactly who they target on the roads and it’s based on solid logic."
'Crash for cash' schemes are reportedly costing the motoring industry around £130 million annually, with the average value of an incident costing £30,000.
The scam involves a member of the gang pulling out in front of a chosen target and hitting the brakes. This gives the innocent party very little time to stop the collision or react to the situation.
Peter Oakes, Head of Fraud at international commercial law firm Hill Dickinson, has announced that "over 17% of induced accidents are perpetrated by individuals who have previously committed fraud, and they are increasingly turning their attention to commercial vehicles. Data and analytics is the best weapon the industry has against the fraudsters".
The best way to combat these schemes is to ensure that the necessary van insurance is in place and van drivers should always follow the basic rules of the road to maintain concentration at all times.