Van sales continue to rise in September
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.
British Gas to take ownership of 8,000 VW Caddy Vans
British Gas have announced that they will be renewing their fleet with 8,000 Volkswagen Caddy vans as part of their planned vehicle replacement programme.
A new three-year deal between British Gas and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles will see the energy company take ownership of 8,000 new Caddy Maxi vans, all decked out with the British Gas colours and insignia.
The new vehicles will all be converted to British Gas specification by Bri-stor with the entire fleet being supported in the long term by Volkswagen's aftersales program.
Head of Fleet at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles UK Chris Black has commented, "Securing a new three year deal with British Gas is a great success, and testament to the quality of the Caddy model and excellent service provided by the Volkswagen Van Centre network."
"British Gas will be one of the first fleets in the UK to take delivery of the new Caddy 4. We continue to work extremely closely with the team from British Gas and were extremely pleased that representatives from the company were able to visit the factory recently to see the first of their Caddy 4 models roll off the line, painted in their distinctive blue colour."
Vauxhall show off their latest Vivaro Surf Concept van
Vauxhaull are getting geared up for the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show with their announcement that they will be showing off their new version of the Luton-built Vivaro - the Vivaro Surf Concept.
The new vehicle is built to offer seating space for five to six passengers (depending on seat configuration). Inside you'll find the Surf concept to be spacious, the doublecab van offers 3.2cu m in it's cargo area, 4.0cu m in the long wheelbase version!
A 1.6-litre CDTi (140PS) BiTurbo engine offers 340Nm of torque and up to 46.31mpg thanks to it's ecoFLEX Start/Stop engine.
Steffen Raschig, Vauxhall director commercial vehicles has said that, "The Vivaro Surf Concept is the ideal vehicle for large families or groups of friends”.
"The close-to-production concept offers space for up to six passengers with its crew cab. There is a large cargo area with numerous practical details behind the second row of seats. The sporty styling on the outside and numerous comfort features along with the ultra-modern IntelliLink system on the inside make it an elegant roomy van. The Vivaro Surf Concept is the perfect alternative for people who need more than a passenger car but do not want to miss out on the usual comfort."
It has been strongly hinted at by Vauxhall that this isn't merely a concept van and that it could in fact be released as a special edition vehicle.
Volkswagen to face fines over US emissions scandal
Literally meaning "people's car", Volkswagen have managed (so far) to alienate a vast majority of their current and potential customer base in what is being referred to as "the diesel dupe".
The German automobile manufacturer has admitted to cheating emissions tests within the US by fitting more than 11 million of their vehicles with what is being called the 'defeat device'. While it isn't currently clear on exactly how the device works it is currently believed to be able to detect when the vehicle is in a test environment and when it is on the road.
When in a test environment the defeat device uses computer software to alter the engine's power and performance causing it to run well below normal use, thus giving out better readings. Then once the vehicles were back on the open road the engines would switch over from this test mode to offer their real-world performance, resulting in nitrogen oxide pollutants that were up to 40 times above what is allowed in the US.
The defeat device was found by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) in the US and Volkswagen have immediately come clean, holding up their hands about the deception.
Volkswagen Group CEO Martin Winterkorn has issued a personal apology for having “broken the trust of our customers and the public” as well as VW America boss Michael Horn admitting, "We've totally screwed up".
UK Van sales bounce back
Despite a slight recession in van industry sales back in July the UK's commercial vehicle market accelerated in August.
After having dropped by one per cent in July, van registrations rose by 14.3 per cent in August alone, proving that the Chief Executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT) Mike Hawes' statement that, "Demand is still at a very high level" back in July was correct and that the dip was an anomaly.
Hawes also commented that, "With certainty now restored, fleet renewal patterns are returning to normal, buoyed by the continuing growth in demand for online deliveries." The continued rise in commercial vehicle registrations is showing a return to form and is expected to continue to show strong growth in the upcoming months.