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Mercedes-Benz Vans have published a free to download Winter Driver Safety Guide to help van drivers during the run up to the winter months.

The guide offers readers a series of tips on maintenance and winter driving skills plus offers a handy wallet-sized cut out that features a 24/7 phone number that can be phoned for free road side assistance courtesy of Mercedes-Benz 'MobiloVan*' coverage scheme.

Mercedes-Benz Vans Winter Driving Guide

Click on the image above to open the Winter Driver Safety Guide.

Mercedes-Benz Vans managing direct Steve Bridge has said,"We are passionate about safety, which is why our vans are cited as some of the safest on the road thanks to their innovative technology."

"However, a vehicle is only ever as good as its driver, so we believe driver education is vital. This is specifically why we created our Industry Insight series, so that we can share knowledge and best practice."

Bridge went on to add, "A responsible driver will also aid in reducing vehicle downtime, which is another major focus for us. This is vital from a commercial perspective - a van can only earn its keep when it’s out there moving on the road!"

"I’m very proud to be launching the Mercedes-Benz Vans Driver Safety Guide, and although it contains MobiloVan information, which is specific for our customers, any van driver can benefit from the content, so I am especially pleased it is free and open for anyone to download."

*Applies to vehicles purchased from an authorised Mercedes-Benz Dealer, originally destined for and first registered in the UK on or after 01.10.2012.

Vauxhall have secured a 55-van order comprised of Vivaro and Combo vehicles with Banham Group, one of Britain's longest serving security providers.

Established in 1926 when William F. Banham invented the first automatic door lock, Banham Group is a family-owned business that is the largest supplier of security systems in London and the South East.

With a fleet of approximately 200 vehicles of which 70 per cent are Vauxhall vehicles (including Vauxhall Corsa, Astra and Insignia cars alongside Astravan and Vivaro vans), the Banham Group are moving towards a 100 per cent Vauxhall branded fleet as part of their four-year replacement cycle.

Managing director William Banham has said, "Vauxhall has been extremely proactive in supporting us and its fleet set-up is very impressive. It is important to us that our fleet fully represents our company values to the thousands who see it on a daily basis on the roads and therefore it seemed only natural to use the UK’s oldest and most iconic automotive brand."

Vauxhall Banham Group

Banham's new Vauxhall Vivaro L1H1 1.6 CDTi with 115PS and Combo L1H1 1.6 CDTi delivering 105PS vans have been supplied with  rear parking sensors and Bluetooth - plus they have been decked out in black with gold signwriting, matching Banham’s well-known branding.

Robert Patching of GO Vauxhall Fleet Sales has commented on the new deal stating, "We are proud to work with British businesses like Banham to support them with all their fleet needs, from cars to vans and see our relationships as more than simply supplying vehicles. We work hard to provide all our customers with the assistance they need, from training to fleet servicing."

Vauxhall are to provide 2,000 police and fire vehicles across 28 UK forces in a deal worth more than £35 million at showroom prices.

This fleet order also includes 130 Vivaro vans that have been modified to make them suitable for their new roles as police vehicles with the new vehicles are fitted out to include secure custody cells.

Vauxhall have provided:

  • 130 Vivaro L1H1 2900 1.6CDTi Bi Turbo 120ps,
  • 451 Corsa 1.3CDTi 95ps,
  • 1,242 Astra 5DH & ST 110 & 136ps,
  • 238 Insignia 5DH & ST 136 & 170 ps vehicles.

 David Wilkin who is the West Midlands Police director of resources and the national policing lead for the procurement of vehicles organised the two-year deal.

Wilkin commented, "A vehicle purchasing collaboration between police forces and partners on this scale has never been seen before and I am delighted to say that it has been a huge success in terms of the savings made and how well the organisations have worked together."

Vauxhall Vivaro Police Van

Customers looking to purchase the Renault Trafic can now purchase the new Sport+ bodykit pack for under £1,000.

The new bodykit comes with front and rear spoilers plus new LED DLRs. Taking inspiration from the new Renault Sport range the kit includes front fog-light surrounds, side running boards and striped decals that are crafted to fit the Trafic's side panels. Also included are the aforementioned front and rear spoilers as well as daytime running LED lights situated in the lower front grille.

Renault Trafic Sport+ bodykit front end

Available as an option when ordering any version of a new Trafic van the Sport+ kit is available in 10 body colours, the side decals can be selected in a choice of colours; black, red or white. the front spoiler, side running boards and front fog-light surrounds are featured in silver while the rear spoiler is black.

Renault Trafic Sport+ bodykit side view

Renault have priced the Trafic from £18,245 plus VAT and comes with a selection of four efficient turbodiesel engines with a choice of Panel Van, Crew Van and Passenger variants. The Crew Van can carry up to six people and equipment while the Passenger seats up to nine people in comfort.

The Trafic boasts excellent fuel economy of up to 50.4mpg (NEDC Combined) and CO2 emissions as low as 149g/km, the Trafic also boasts some of the best load capacities on the medium panel van market with cleverly laid out solutions that help to make the loading area practical and easy to use.

Other innovative features such as keyless entry, a touch-screen infotainment centre, mobile office storage help to make this a vehicle.

All Renault LCV vehicles come with Renault Business Quality Commitment - a 14-point plan that guarantees Renault customers with the very best service, designed to deliver hassle-free motoring with the plan covers four-year / 100,00 mile warranty.

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