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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


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".

Do you own a Euro 5 compliant Caddy van from 2008 or an Amarok pick-up from 2011?

Well don't be shocked when you receive an emissions recall letter from Volkswagen as both the Caddy and Amarok vehicles have the defeat-device fitted for cheating emissions tests when the vehicle is in a test-environment. The defeat-device and associated software will require fixing at a local Volkswagen centre - an estimated 80,000 vans.

According to Volkswagen's UK Brand Director Karl Zu Dohna the VW Transporter and Crafter owners will not be expecting these recall letters as these models are not affected.

Volkswagen Caddy Vans


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."

Van sales have continued to show strong growth throughout September.

According to figures released by the SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders), van registrations were up by 19.6 per cent totalling 58,744 new vehicles registered in September.

The van market is up 17.4 per cent year-to-date with 284,161 vehicles registered.

SMMT Chief Executive Mike Hawes has said, "The van market – buoyed by robust business confidence and the ongoing trend towards online deliveries – shows no sign of slowing."

As usual Ford have continued to be top-dog with 15,753  registrations - 26.8 per cent of the total, however this is down on September last year where ford held a clean 30 per cent in September 2014.

Vauxhall had a strong month with it's 6,010 registrations securing it second place; followed by Mercedes, Volkswagen, Citroen and Peugeot.