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Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles are set to launch their new Converter Recognition Programme which recognises conversion specialists.

VW are launching the new scheme at the Commercial Vehicle Show taking place at the Birmingham NEC (26-28 April), making this the first time that the popular vehicle manufacturer has attended the show since 2011.

The new Converter Recognition Programme takes the existing Engineered for You and Engineered to Go schemes that Volkswagen currently offer and builds on them, ensuring that conversions on vehicles will meet operators’ specific needs and will help to widen the number of Volkswagen approved LCV conversions currently available.

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles

Key features of the new programme are:

  • Newer and more stringent converter audits that will underpin the quality of the product available,
  • Customers are given access to a 'one stop shop' for converted vehicles, this way they only have to deal with the Van Centre,
  • Customers will now only receive one invoice when purchasing their Commercial Vehicle via the Van Centre,
  • The new programme stipulates that the conversion warranty must match that of the base vehicle offering greater piece of mind,
  • Common conversions such as the Tipper, Luton and Fridge can be serviced and repaired in Van Centres rather than having to be returned to the converter.

Mercedes-Benz have launched a new vehicle aimed towards the UK market.

Mercedes-Benz Vio Urban

The new Vito Urban Edition has been crafted with an urban environment in mind thanks to the inclusion of seven-speed 7G-Tronic Plus automatic transmission as standard in the new vehicle. This makes the Vito Urban the only mid-size van available on the market that comes with a full torque converter auto gearbox which helps to improve fuel consumption and reduce driver fatigue.

Mercedes have also added Becker Map Pilot so that you can navigate your way through busy city centres with ease thanks to the instrument cluster, speed limit display and the ability to calculate the most efficient route offering greatest potential fuel savings.

You'll also find a reverse camera situated in the tailgate/rear doors that offers a close-range view of the area around the rear of the van which is displayed on a full colour Audio 15 head-unit that helps you to maneuver with dynamic guidelines laid over the image.

The Mercedes Vito Urban Edition is available exclusively as a 114 BlueTEC van model with compact, long and extra-long body variants available. BlueTEC diesel engines comply with Euro 6 emissions standards.

Priced from £22,720 excl. VAT for the Compact Vito, the long wheelbase is an additional £335 with the extra-long version topping out at £23,550.


Volkswagen van owners will be able to take advantage of new loyalty discounts worth up to £1,500 for new vans ordered before the end of March.

Customers for the VW Caddy will have £500 (excl. VAT) taken off the price of their new LCV with Transporter and Amarok customers having a £1,000 reduction. Better yet those who plan on purchasing the Volkswagen Crafter will see a tasty £1,500 discount off their new vehicle price if ordered before the end of March 2016.

2015 Volkswagen Caddy

Head of sales operations for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Andy Waite has commented, "We value those customers who have stayed loyal to us and want to thank them. We understand the importance of a smart, reliable vehicle to them and to their businesses, and are pleased to be able to help them kick off a successful year with a new van."

Waite also added, "With a 60 year heritage and following the launch of the new Transporter and Caddy in 2015, we know we have a fantastic range of vehicles and a broad customer base. We are pleased to be able to provide a wide range of offers and finance packages to all our customers, and look forward to welcoming them in one of our Van Centres to help them find the perfect vehicle for their needs and lifestyle."

Existing owners of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles will be contacted directly by Volkswagen with details informing them of the loyalty discount offer. Customers will also be invited to visit one of the dedicated VW UK Van Centres where they will be able to discuss their needs, tastes and budget with a Volkswagen rep and then place an order for a new vehicle should they choose to make use of the attractive discount(s) available.


Volkswagen have given us a glimpse into the future of vans with their VW BUDD-e concept van.

The BUDD-e concept vehicle is the first to be based on the new MEB (Modular Electric Drive) architecture with two electric motors driving all four wheels. The chassis has been developed specifically for electric vehicles so can house a larger battery that can store up to 92.4kWh of energy - enough to provide enough power to cover 331 miles under combined NEDC conditions.

Interestingly as mentioned above there will be two electric motors powering the wheels; one for the front axle and one for the rear. The front wheels will be powered by a 148bhp (200Nm) motor while the rear wheels will run off a larger 168bhp (290Nm) motor.

MEB Drive

The motors off high-performance with a top speed of 112mph and can go from 0-60mph in 6.9 seconds. You'll also find that charging times have been reduced with an 80 per cent charge completed in just 30 minutes from a 150kW DC connection.

Voice controlled vehicle

One feature that has been revealed is voice control technology which is to be featured throughout the vehicle. The BUDD-e will recognise 'natural speech', so if you say "turn up the heat please" the system will turn up the temperature inside the vehicle.

Cleverly the system recognises where in the vehicle the requests are coming from so if you are in the rear and say "its hot in here" the vehicle can cool down the temperature in that area alone.

BUDD-e dashboard

The BUDD-e is currently only a concept vehicle and is showing off some pretty futuristic tech however at some point all tech in the vehicles we drive today seemed futuristic so its entirely possible that we could see these concepts in vehicles in the not too distant future.

The British built Vauxhall Vivaro has been selected as the 2016 Business Van of the Year by Business Vans.

Martyn Collins, editor of Business Vans has said, "So why is it our top van you may ask? Well in a nutshell, it’s a massive step forward over its already excellent predecessor"

Collins also added, "Like the last Vivaro, the current one is easy and car-like to drive. Yet the latest Vivaro adds impressive refinement and in winning 1.6 CDTI 16v BiTurbo form – this Vauxhall boasts 120PS and 320Nm of torque. However, all this power isn’t likely to hit buyers in the pocket as it’s still capable of a class-leading 47.9mpg on the combined cycle."

Business Van of the Year 2016 Awards

Dave Bowen, chairman of the judges and managing director of BT Fleet also shared his thoughts on the new award saying, "The Vivaro provides outstanding green credentials and a fantastic overall small business solution."

"The Vivaro eco FLEX BiTurbo offers a hard working business tool that through sheer efficiency helps minimise its environmental impact."

Vauxhall's latest edition of the popular commercial vehicle has been on sale for just over a year and added this latest accolade to its ever growing range of awards, also winning the 'Best Green Van' and 'Best Large Trades Van' categories.