Iveco's Vision concept van has won a European green award
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.
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 best selling vans of 2015
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
- Mercedes Sprinter – 19,982 registrations
- Ford Transit – 22,506 registrations
- Vauxhall Vivaro – 23,208 registrations
- Ford Transit Custom – 37,052 registrations
Volkswagen Transporter T6 is crowned International Van of the Year 2016
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.
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."
Scottish foodbank given free van to help transport food to those in need
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."
Volkswagen adds Euro 6 engines to it's Caddy van range
The Volkswagen Caddy range has now received the addition of two new Euro 6 compliant diesel engines.
The new commercial vehicle will now have access to a 2-litre TDI unit with either: 74 or 148bhp, vans using either of these engines will be able to make use of Volkswagen's Bluemotion technology which includes low rolling resistance tyres, a start/stop system, regenerative braking and hill-hold assist.
Short-wheelbase versions of the Caddy trim levels, Startline, Trendline and Highline can use the smaller 74bhp unit. the 148bhp unit will be available on the long-wheelbase Caddy Maxi, both models also retain the option of the 101bhp 2-litre option that was released with the latest version Caddy that was launched earlier in 2015.
Both of the new Euro 6 emissions compliant engines will replace their old Euro 5 equivalents and are to be offered at the same price until the end of 2015. Finance lease and contract hire vehicles from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Finance will also remain at the euro 5 prices - the short-wheelbase 74bhp model will be available from £185 a month.
The entry-level Startline versions will include electric windows, electronically adjustable wing mirrors, a five-inch touchscreen Composition Colour radio system with DAB+ and Bluetooth functionality.
You'll also find driver & passenger front, side and curtain airbags, a new post-collision braking system and seatbelt reminder.