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Northern Ireland Electricity Networks have renewed their partnership with Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles by adding 28 Crafter Panel vans to their fleet.

Volkswagen Crafter panel van

The Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE) Networks are responsible for 47,000 kilometers of underground and overhead cabling that delivers electricity to 850,000 homes and businesses across Northern Ireland.

Currently comprised of over 400 vehicles, NIE Networks have added an additional 28 Crafter CVs to their fleet as part of their regular replacement vehicle programme.

The network opted for the Crafter CR35 MWB panel van which due to its spacious load capacity, rear-wheel drive functionality and ability to take bespoke conversions, thanks to this each of the new Crafter vans will be equipped with specially fit racking solutions installed.

David Corry, supply chain and fleet manager for NIE Networks has said, "As the network company, we have a responsibility to ensure homes and businesses across Northern Ireland have a reliable electricity supply. It was the reliability and the first-rate aftersales service offered by Volkswagen which helped to make it an easy decision when it came to replacing vehicles on the fleet. We have had excellent experience in the past with Volkswagen, and we’re pleased to continue the relationship."

The Ford Transit has lead the UK CV sector since its launch in 1965 and has helped Ford once again secure their position as number one.

Ford's Commercial Vehicle range has secured a 24.8 per cent market share thanks to a sales lead of 61,041 vehicles, up by 38.8 per cent against 2014.

In December 2015 UK CV sales were up by 20.3 per cent at 35,565 compared with December 2014 Ford's sales were up by 28.3 per cent at 8,165.

Andy Barratt, Ford of Britain chairman and managing director, said, “We aim to reinforce our sales lead in 2016, after very encouraging results in November and December that saw Ford exceed overall sales growth in all sectors of the market.

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Mercedes-Benz Vans have published a free to download Winter Driver Safety Guide to help van drivers during the run up to the winter months.

The guide offers readers a series of tips on maintenance and winter driving skills plus offers a handy wallet-sized cut out that features a 24/7 phone number that can be phoned for free road side assistance courtesy of Mercedes-Benz 'MobiloVan*' coverage scheme.

Mercedes-Benz Vans Winter Driving Guide

Click on the image above to open the Winter Driver Safety Guide.

Mercedes-Benz Vans managing direct Steve Bridge has said,"We are passionate about safety, which is why our vans are cited as some of the safest on the road thanks to their innovative technology."

"However, a vehicle is only ever as good as its driver, so we believe driver education is vital. This is specifically why we created our Industry Insight series, so that we can share knowledge and best practice."

Bridge went on to add, "A responsible driver will also aid in reducing vehicle downtime, which is another major focus for us. This is vital from a commercial perspective - a van can only earn its keep when it’s out there moving on the road!"

"I’m very proud to be launching the Mercedes-Benz Vans Driver Safety Guide, and although it contains MobiloVan information, which is specific for our customers, any van driver can benefit from the content, so I am especially pleased it is free and open for anyone to download."

*Applies to vehicles purchased from an authorised Mercedes-Benz Dealer, originally destined for and first registered in the UK on or after 01.10.2012.

Ford are celebrating a recent order from the AA for more than 550 Ford Transit vans.

AA Transit Courier

The order is made up of:

  • 400 Transit Custom vans fitted out for recovery purposes,
  • 700 Transit Custom vans for Battery Assist purposes,
  • 9 Transit Custom vans for Fuel Assist duties,
  • 70 Transit Courier vans for membership sales

AA's commercial vehicle fleet engineer Chris Wiltshire has said, "Ford Transit Custom is very well received, technicians like the working space, the cab and driving position, and we like it for the best load area in class, enhanced towing capacity and very good whole-life costs."

James Powell, Ford's direct sales business manager has also commented on the new deal stating, "This order further strengthens the ties between Ford and the AA, as Ford already has a long-running arrangement to supply 2,000 cars annually to the AA Driving School."

"We are pleased that the AA finds the Ford Transit Custom and Ford Transit Courier ideal for its needs, a cost-effective purchase and a valuable addition to its fleet of vehicles, many of which are doing vital work to help motorists stranded at the roadside."

Vauxhall have secured a 55-van order comprised of Vivaro and Combo vehicles with Banham Group, one of Britain's longest serving security providers.

Established in 1926 when William F. Banham invented the first automatic door lock, Banham Group is a family-owned business that is the largest supplier of security systems in London and the South East.

With a fleet of approximately 200 vehicles of which 70 per cent are Vauxhall vehicles (including Vauxhall Corsa, Astra and Insignia cars alongside Astravan and Vivaro vans), the Banham Group are moving towards a 100 per cent Vauxhall branded fleet as part of their four-year replacement cycle.

Managing director William Banham has said, "Vauxhall has been extremely proactive in supporting us and its fleet set-up is very impressive. It is important to us that our fleet fully represents our company values to the thousands who see it on a daily basis on the roads and therefore it seemed only natural to use the UK’s oldest and most iconic automotive brand."

Vauxhall Banham Group

Banham's new Vauxhall Vivaro L1H1 1.6 CDTi with 115PS and Combo L1H1 1.6 CDTi delivering 105PS vans have been supplied with  rear parking sensors and Bluetooth - plus they have been decked out in black with gold signwriting, matching Banham’s well-known branding.

Robert Patching of GO Vauxhall Fleet Sales has commented on the new deal stating, "We are proud to work with British businesses like Banham to support them with all their fleet needs, from cars to vans and see our relationships as more than simply supplying vehicles. We work hard to provide all our customers with the assistance they need, from training to fleet servicing."