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Vauxhall's Luton based manufacturing facility celebrates it's millionth Vauxhall Vivaro.

Vauxhall is the UK’s number one commercial vehicle maker, a position it has held for 13 years since Vivaro production started.

Chairman and managing director Rory Harvey said, “We are very proud to celebrate this milestone at our Luton manufacturing plant. Our hardworking and dedicated workforce at Luton produce vehicles of exceptional quality so it is no surprise these UK-built Vivaro vans are so successful in the marketplace.”

The 1,000,000th Vivaro was sold to BT Fleet. Mike Langford, senior customer relationship manager for BT Fleet said, "We have purchased 13,368 Vivaros from Vauxhall over the past 11 years and they have served us well. The van has evolved over time to meet the changing needs of our workforce, and I believe the vans we are taking delivery of at the moment are their best yet."

Vauxhall's new Vivaro launched in 2014, helping to secure 1,500 jobs at the UK's last van manufacturing centre after the workers won a 10-year contract and an investment of £185 million.

Vauxhall's Millionth Vivaro van

Iveco's Vision concept van has won the  European Transport Prize for Sustainability 2016 distribution vehicles category thanks to it's efforts to help provide sustainable innovations towards the transport sector.

Iveco Vision concept van

The concept vehicle was unveiled at the 2014 Hanover commercial vehicle show and is a working prototype developed by CNH Industrial's design and innovation department, also involved was Iveco's team and international logistics operator DHL.

Accepting the award was Alessandro Bernardini, head of Iveco Truck and Bus innovation who received the award from the Huss-Medien Group who are one of the largest independent specialist publishers in Germany.

Iveco developed a sophisticated dual energy system which helps to minimise environmental impact, this dual energy system is named after it's ability to self-adapt to the most suitable traction mode; one is electric thus ensuring zero tailpipe emissions and low noise (useful for when driving in inner city locations), the other system is hybrid (thermoelectrical) and is more suited for longer journeys - this offers a reduced consumption and up to 25 per cent lower CO2 emissions when compared with diesel-only equivalents.

There are other unique features that his concept van exhibit such a 'see-through' front pillars, thus guaranteeing unrestricted driver visibility. You'll also find a state-of-the-art rear-view camera that displays onto a panoramic screen situated above the windscreen.

Iveco have also fitted the Vision concept with a photovoltaic roof which uses sunlight to generate battery power. Another useful feature is the Vision's ability to automatically adjust it's tyre pressure according to how much weight its carrying, this helps to improve road-holding and fuel efficiency.

While the Vision is a prototype much of the technology being shown in it is close to production.

 

The Glasgow North East Foodbank has been gifted with a free van by fleet management specialist Fleet Alliance.

The Glasgow Foodbank van donated by Fleet Alliance

While a registered charity in its own right, the Glasgow North East Foodbank operates under the Trussell Trust Charity, which runs 420 foodbanks across the UK, last year alone feeding more than 346,000 people across the country.

The Glasgow NE Foodbank operates from six centres governed by their central hub at Parkhead in Glasgow. The foodbank has been running for two years and has supplied food to more than 5,300 people.

Fleet Alliance gifted the foodbank with a Renault Kangoo ML 1.9 eco2 that is to be used to transport food supplies from their central hub at Parkhead out to their six satellite centres across Glasgow as well as collecting donations from local supermarkets.

The new vehicle will also be making deliveries to the elderly and infirm, as they cannot always make the sometimes long journey to one of the centres themselves.

Glasgow NE Foodbank's Project Manager Tara Maguire commented that the provision of a free van was an outstanding gesture of community spirit by Fleet Alliance.

Maguire said that, "It is fully expensed for two years including insurance – all we have to do is add fuel. And Fleet Alliance even filled the van full of food when they handed it over to us for the first time."

"We are seeing an increased need to supply food to people in crisis in our area, both those in and out of work, and this will certainly help in our work of supporting these people."


2015 has been the year of the van! Despite worries that the commercial vehicle market would slow down during 2015 it suprised everyone and grew from strength to strength!

There were an estimated 375,000 registrations to take place this year, an increase of 16.4 per cent over the number of vehicles that were registered during 2014.

With so many vans getting registered during the year surely there had to be some models that were more popular than others?

Based on figures provided by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) from January until the end of October '15 we can safely say that there were some vehicles that were more popular than others and we're going to run you through the most popular five vehicles registered this year.

  • Volkswagen Transporter – 17,036 registrations
    Volkswagen Transporter

  • Mercedes Sprinter – 19,982 registrations
    Mercedes Sprinter

  • Ford Transit – 22,506 registrations
    Ford Transit

  • Vauxhall Vivaro – 23,208 registrations
    Vauxhall Vivaro

  • Ford Transit Custom – 37,052 registrations
    Ford Transit Custom

 

Volkswagen's sixth generation Transporter has won the International Van of the Year 2016 award.

This is now the third time that the Transporter has won this annual prize. The Transporter accounts for nearly a third of Volkswagen's UK commercial vehicle sales.

Volkswagen Transporter T6

The International Van of the Year 2016 award was selected by an international jury of 24 commercial vehicle journalist with the award given by the chairman of the jury, Jarlath Sweeney.

CEO of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Dr. Eckhard Scholz received the award and said, "The prestigious award of International Van of the Year 2016 for our T-series is a powerful symbol for the performance of our team in Hannover. We see the award as a signal for a successful start to 2016."