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Fiat have updated their popular Fiorino small van for 2016.

Fiat Fiorino

The 2016 model keeps its smaller compact dimensions making it perfect for driving in urban areas, navigating through traffic and securing hard-to-find city centre parking spaces.

Fans of the Fiorino need not worry as the updated vehicle retains its fantastic load capacity of up to 2.8m3 and payload capacity of up to 600kg. There are large rear doors that can be opened up to 180 degrees and an accessible sliding side door. Both the rear and side doors feature vertical handles that can be easily opened from any side as seen in the image below.

Fiat Fiorino verticle handles on side door

The new Fiorino offers a lineup of Euro 6 compliant engines; one 1.4-litre 73hp unit and two 1.3-litre MultiJet II turbodiesel; one at 79hp and the other punching out at 94hp.

Internally the Fiorino has also received a facelift with a restyled dash that offers better storage, you'll also find that the steering wheel has been redesigned and now comes with remote stereo controls and leather trim. Also being offered for the first time is a new five-inch colour, touchscreen infotainment system that comes fully equipped with Bluetooth, USB/AUX port, satellite navigation and DAB radio.

Fiat Fiorino redesigned dash and infotainment system

The new vehicle will be available for order in mid-April with the final specifications and pricing to be announced closer to the vehicle's release date.

The ACFO (The premier Organisation for Fleet Operators) will be holding a 'master class' designed to help reduce the number of unfit vans being driven on UK roads.

The seminar will be called "A Van for all Reasons" and is being held to help ensure that vehicles adhere to best practice and compliance. There are around 3.6 million vans on UK roads according to data from the Department of Transport, however figures published by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) reveal that around half of large vans are failing their MOT at first submission - suggesting that many vehicles are unfit for being used on the road.

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John Pryor ACFO chairman has commented, "Many of our members are predominantly car fleet operators, but also have a small number of vans."

"However, even if in charge of a large van fleet, there will be something to learn from a speaker line-up delivering a master class on operating best practice from vehicle selection and fitting out through in-life management and, critically, embracing legislative compliance."

Pryor also added, "The seminar will provide expert advice and information on everything a fleet operator needs to know when running vans."

Hosted by Mercedes-Benz and supported by in-vehicle equipment manufacturer and supplier Bott Group as well as vehicle leasing and fleet management company Lex Autolease, the event will take place at the De Vere Harben conference centre in Newport Pagnell and will be running from 9.30am until 2.45pm on Thursday 5th May.

For more information on the event visit the ACFO event page for 'ACFO Spring Seminar 2016 - A Van for all Reasons'

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Fiat Professional have announced the latest model to their commercial vehicle lineup - the Fiat Talento.

The new model is to be positioned between the Fiat Doblo Cargo and Ducato and comes fully equipped with a generous load capacity and full range of configurations.

Fiat's new range comes fitted with twin-turbo diesel engines paired with a six-speed manual gearbox and power outputs of up to 145hp. The Talento can be bought in a variety of different forms; van, people-carrier, crew cab or flat bed.

Fiat Talento

The name 'Talento' comes from an ancient coin called 'The Talent' which happens to be Talento in Italian, lets hope that the abilities of the new vehicle live up to it's namesake.

From a looks perspective the Talento is an attractive vehicle, its compact but not too 'boxy', sporting sleek lines with a short bonnet, the grille has been designed to wrap around the front headlights. The rear end has been squared off which helps to increase the inner space and load capacity.

Orders for the Talento open in mid-May with the final pricing and availability to me made public at a later date.



PSA Peugeot Citroen have announced their latest Citroen Dispatch and Peugeot Expert commercial vehicles.

The two new mid-size vans are panel van versions of the Citroen Space Tourer and Peugeot Traveller MPVs. Both new vehicles are based on the PSA group's new 'Efficient Modular Platform 2 (EMP2).

Unveiled at a factory in Sevelnord, France the new Dispatch and Expert vans have a 1,400 kg payload, 2.5 tonne towing capacity and are available in three lengths which include a very tidy 4.6 meter version.

Citroen and Peugeot are stating that the new twinned vehicles will offer best-in class fuel consumption and CO2 emissions; a 1.6-litre BlueHDi 115 version is capable of 133g/km and 55.3mpg, from that the 1.6-litre BlueHDi engines can offer 95 and 115bhp. Also on offer are three 2.0-litre diesels that can offer up to 180bhp.

Tech and driver safety

The new vehicles have a few features that give some added creature comforts like a head-up display, 7-inch touchscreen with voice operated 3D Sat-Nav, Mirrorlink technology plus Apple CarPlay as an added bonus.

Driver safety is also of great importance with both new vehicles obtaining five-star Euro NCAP crash test ratings. A full suite of safety kit is also available on both ranges that includes: adaptive cruise control, a speed limiter, a lane departure warning system, driver attention alert, traffic sign recognition and an active safety brake.

Citroen Dispatch

Both new vehicles also feature clever hands-free sliding doors, that you open by moving your foot back and forth under the rear third-quarter of the vehicle. Also included is the 'Top Rear Vision' parking system which sends a 180-degree image of the area behind the van from a 'seen-from-above' field of vision.



 

Mercedes-Benz have announced that they've sold their three millionth Sprinter van.

The three millionth vehicle was a chassis cab Sprinter variant and was bought by well known camper van manufacturer Hymer in a handing over ceremony in Germany.

Mercedes-Benz and Hymer

Since its market launch back in 1995 the popular commercial vehicle has been driving in its various forms across more than 130 countries and is a vehicle that Mercedes are claiming invented the large up to 5-tonne van segment.

2015 marked Mercedes most successful year with record sales of 194,200 Sprinter van units being sold in 2015 alone.

Volker Mornhinweg, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans has commented on their recent success saying, "Three million Sprinter in just 20 years is a sign of great success,"

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Chassis Cab

Mornhinweg also added, "The Sprinter was the founder of the segment for large vans and remains highly successful to this day - throughout the world. The Sprinter with its six production plants worldwide is a shining example of our growth strategy 'Mercedes-Benz Vans goes global'. And we still have many plans for our flagship in the future, as well. We aim to continue the success of the Sprinter series in 2016."

Mercedes-Benz and Hymer have collaborated together for more than 40 years with the first Hymermobil being based on a Mercedes-Benz van. Hymer have relied heavily on the Mercedes Sprinter as the base of their premium range of camper vans since its release back in 1995.

Bernhard Kibler of Hymer has commented on the special relationship between Hymer and Mercedes stating, "Mercedes-Benz Vans is a strategically important partner for us. The vans with the star are acknowledged to be among the safest in their class. The Sprinter, in particular, offers an extensive range of safety equipment, with its various driver assistance systems such as standard-specification Crosswind Assist, which is unique in our sector. Combined with our bodybuilding technology and premium-class equipment and fittings, we can offer the customer a camper van that is uncompromising in its operating safety and living comfort. We are delighted that our longstanding partner is handing over the three millionth Sprinter to us. We offer our sincere congratulations to Mercedes-Benz Vans on this significant anniversary and look forward to continuing our excellent collaboration,"

Kibler finished by saying, "Our customers can look forward to a few surprises this year, too."

Hymer have announced that they will be turning the anniversary vehicle into one of their premium HYMER ML-T camper vans.

HYMER ML-T camper van