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The 44th Tokyo Motor Show served as the premiere for one of the most compelling new concept vehicles we've seen for a while.

The Daihatsu Tempo Pop-Up Shop Van Concept

The Daihatsu 'Tempo', which according to Japanese car manufacturer Daihatsu will present "a new genre-space commercial vehicle".

The concept commercial vehicle is a pop-up shop style van that can be used for selling ice creams, coffee & teas, foods and other goods. The van has small dimensions but a large interior space.

The new vehicle has:

  • A moving sales vehicle that makes full use of the flexible floor space,
  • A large gull-wing door with LED lighting installed on the passenger-seat side,
  • Features a showcase equipped with a counter table,
  • The digital sign mounted on the side of the vehicle can be used as a signboard

Daihatsu Tempo

Daihatsu’s President Masanori Mitsui said that, “The Tempo is our response to those who want a convenient car but not your typical commercial vehicle. It’s a new genre of mini commercial vehicles that offers the advantages of a passenger car.”

The vehicle has not been given an official release date and as of now there are no hard plans for the mini commercial vehicle to enter production however we do hope that this concept enters production.

 

The Volkswagen T6 Caravelle Generation Six limited edition is now available in the UK.

Volkswagen T6 Caravelle Generation Six

Paying homage to the iconic 1960s T1 camper van the new Generation Six vehicle features a one-off two-tone rad and white. The new vehicle is also sporting 18-inch DISC alloy wheels, LED head and tail lights, there is also privacy glass on the rear windows, you'll also find 'Generation Six' badging on the door pillar.

There are front fog lights with cornering function, chrome grille detailing, outside the vehicle you'll find folding exterior mirrors that are adjustable electronically as well as heated.

Inside the Caravelle Generation Six you'll find that the interior has been updated, there is an exclusive Alcantara and leather trim, heated front seats, a leather-covered multi-function steering wheel, and step illumination with ‘Generation Six’ lettering, Dark silver brushed trim and a decorative colour insert across the dashboard to match the two-tone exterior.

The new T6 vehicle features Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) including Front Assist, plus you'll also find a Discover Media infotainment / navigation system, which has DAB and Bluetooth and 3-zone Climatronic air conditioning.

There is a choice of two power outputs, both of which use the new EU6 2.0 TDI engine with 7-speed DSG gearbox; one with 150 PS, the second with 204 PS.

Volkswagen have announced that this new vehicle will be available within the UK from November and can be ordered now from Volkswagen Van Centres. The T6 Caravelle Generation Six costs £52,050 (RRP OTR incl. VAT).

Volkswagen's new CEO Matthias Mueller believes that the German car manufacturer can rise back into popularity again in the next two to three years.

VW boss Matthias Mueller

Volkswagen have recently announced that they will be recalling 8.5 million vehicles in Europe as a result of the emissions scandal, any vehicle that has been fitted with the 'defeat-device'.

Mueller took over as chief executive last month when the previous chief executive Martin Winterkorn stepped down as a result of the discovered emissions tests cheating.

In a speech to company managers, Mueller stated that the company needs to become leaner and to make decisions more rapidly if they are to bounce back from  the 'emissionsgate' scandal.

The new chief executive said, "We will significantly streamline structures, processes and (decision-making) bodies. We must become leaner and take decisions more rapidly."

"Our competitors are only waiting for us to fall behind on technology matters because we are so preoccupied with ourselves. But we won't let that happen."

Also the man who was pegged to become VW's North America boss, Winfried Vahland has resigned.

Volkswagen issued a statement and said that Vahland was leaving because of, "differing views on the organisation of the new group region".

You may have noted that the winds seem suddenly colder, summer has finally departed!

Well it seems that Volkswagen have also noticed the turning of the seasons and they want to make sure that your van is prepared for the winter.

Winter Volkswagen

Owners of Volkswagen commercial vehicles need not be worried about the upcoming change in weather as they can make use of Volkswagen's Winter Health Check by booking their van into the local Van Centre.

For the sum of £10, this 29 point Express Visual Check will cover key areas such as; brake pads, steering, battery and exhaust.

Also customers will receive a 'Winter Care' kit worth £21.50 which includes cold weather essentials like de-icer, screen wash and an ice scraper. The Winter Health Checks and cold weather kits will be available until February 2016.

Trevor Hodgson-Phillips, head of service and parts at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles UK has said, "The expertise and aftercare packages available from the Volkswagen Van Centre network are designed to deliver peace-of-mind to our customers."

He also added, "We are providing tyre checks and all over vehicle checks at our Van Centres as a preventative measure to help keep our customers safe on the roads this winter."

To book your van in for a Winter Health Check visit your local Volkswagen Van Centre, or visit www.volkswagen-vans.co.uk


Thames Water have ordered 900 Ford commercial vehicles in the Thames Water livery.

The order is to take place over three years with the first 223 vehicles having already been delivered and now patrolling London and South East England.

thames Water Ford Commercial Vehicles

The vehicles chosen by Thames Water from the Ford commercial vehicles range include the Ford Fiesta van, Transit Connect, Transit Custom, Transit and Ranger models.

the new vehicles will be adorned in Thames Water's livery and equipped by Bri-Stor Systems at their Southall workshops.

Ford Direct sales manager Stephen Gafson has said, "We are delighted to have won this new contract with Thames Water, and to have come out on top in the company’s very thorough review and tender process."