Are Toyota channeling Mad Max?
We love it when manufacturers show off new vehicles, even more so when they are unusual or are heading in a different direction to what's already on the market.
This is why we love the look of the Toyota Ultimate Utility Vehicle, it looks like something that Batman would drive or something that you might see in the new Mad Max Fury Road movie.
Due to be presented at the SEMA motor show in November this year the 'Ultimate Utility Vehicle' is bound to draw some large crowds.
Volkswagen T6 pricing revealed
Taking inspiration from both the T1 'Splitty' and the previous T5 models the Sixth Generation Transporter or 'T6' was announced at a show in Amsterdam earlier this year.
With the order books open since early July, and with the first arrivals due to land at Volkswagen Van Centres in September, the new generation Transporter has set chins wagging with the question of cost for the popular vehicle on the lips of many.
Starting off at £17,754 plus VAT for the Startline edition, £19,755 plus VAT for the Trendline and £23,315 plus VAT for the Highline edition; there are more versions of this new Transporter on offer than previous generations. There has been no mention yet of a Sportline edition being on the cards but we're sure that it'll see a T6 release.
Despite being an entry-level vehicle the Startline packs in a lot of features as standard; making use of new safety features the Startline has Volkswagen's 'Post Collision Braking' system installed, a system that automatically applies the brakes should a collision occur, helping to reduce the risk of a secondary impact. Also included as standard is BlueMotion Technology, a DAB+ digital radio, Bluetooth and USB connectivity as well as a 5" touchscreen and infotainment system.
The Trendline has everything that the Startline has included as well as some additional extras; new wheel trims, a full-height steel bulkhead (on the panel van version), body-coloured bumpers as well as rear parking sensors. Also included as standard is the 'Comfort pack' that consists of additional noise suppression being fitted, foldable grab handles on A-pillars, extra storage compartments and dimmable cabin lights.
As the top of the range variant you'd expect the Highline to be packing in some impressive features and added extras, and you wouldn't be wrong. As well as boasting all the same extras that the Trendline is offering the Highline includes a heated windscreen, automatic driving light control, daytime running lights, a new multifunction leather steering wheel and 16-inch Clayton alloy wheels as standard.
The Highline model also comes with front fog lights (with cornering function) and a Thatcham Category 1-approved alarm fitted as standard.
T6 Generation Six Edition
When Volkswagen unveiled the sixth generation Transporter, they did so with the image you can see above, the new T6 sitting side-by-side with a classic T1 Split Screen both in two-tone paint.
Unfortunately after this reveal Volkswagen's UK PR department announced at the Amsterdam event that the UK was unlikely to see this variant reach it's shores.
Well it appears that Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles have had a rethink, and have now stated that they will be offering the T6 Generation Six limited edition in all of it's two-tone Candy White and Cherry Red painted glory after all! Huzzah!
While the details are scarce we do know that it will come equipped with a 2.0-litre TDI 150 PS engine and a DSG gearbox. A full specification and pricing for this limited edition will be announced separately.
The DVLA is warning the public about scam emails that include a virus
The DVLA have issued a warning to the public stating that they are aware of a email being circulated under the guise of the DVLA and that it contains a virus.
An email claiming to be from the DVLA has been received by members of the public, the contents of which asks for Direct Debit details for a vehicle to be completed on the attached Word document, which contains a virus.
The DVLA do not send Word documents when confirming Direct Debit payments and are advising anyone who receives the email or similar not to open it and delete the email.
To ensure that you are dealing with the DVLA correctly use the GOV.UK website when making vehicle tax or driving license transactions.
Van sales continue to rocket to record highs
UK van sales have been heading upwards for several months now.
In June van registrations showed an increase of 16.4 per cent to 35,742 units, helping to produce the best year-to-date figures of 108,404 than previous years - an increase on 19.8 per cent.
Mike Hawes SMMT Chief Executive has stated, "Registrations of vans have been increasing strongly for some time, underpinned by economic confidence among large and small businesses, as well as the growing trend for home deliveries,"
Hawes also added, "The significant rise in truck registrations in June mirrors the sector’s performance in the year so far as it readjusts from the regulatory changes of 2014, while once again it was the heavier vehicles in van, arctic and rigid segments that posted the largest rises."
Ford have continued to be the main van market leader with 9,787 vehicles registered in June, giving the commercial vehicle manufacturer 27.4 per cent of the market, where Volkswagen only had 4,444 registrations (12.4 per cent), Vauxhall 4,123 registrations (11.5 per cent) and Mercedes 3,645, Citroen 2,753 and Peugeot 2,642 registrations holding 10.2 percent, 7.7 per cent and 7.39 per cent respectively.
Why did Lord March sign this Peugeot van at the Festival of Speed?
Lord March a regular at the Goodwood Festival of Speed has been spotted signing a Peugeot van - not one of his usual signatory duties we're sure!
Why was he signing this van you ask?
Well this van was donated by Peugeot to the Marcus Rutherford Foundation, a charity that was set up by Mike Rutherford a former Telegraph columnist in a bid to help young adults who are on the cancer and bone marrow transplant wards at University College London Hospital.