Ford Vans Top Fleet Reliability Table

Ford Transit Custom

Ford have topped the Fleet News van reliability survey for the most reliable van (Transit) and most reliable manufacturer for the second year in a row. The survey questioned 50 of the largest UK contract hire and leasing companies and is based on actual breakdowns and warranty claims, representing a combined fleet size of 170,000 […]

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2014 model Ford Vans at dealership

Ford achieved its best share of the medium van market in Europe for more than a decade during the first nine months of 2013, selling 106,800 Transit and Transit Custom models. We are told that the company sells a new medium van across the continent every four minutes. Ford’s European medium van segment share through […]

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Bookings Up for 2014 CV Show


With less than six months to go until the doors of Birmingham’s NEC open for the 2014 Commercial Vehicle Show, the level of stand bookings already received clearly indicates that for the UK road freight industry and its myriad ancillary providers and suppliers, business is definitely on the up. Among the 290 exhibitors already booked, […]

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The Ram ProMaster is identical in appearance to the EUropean model (except the badge and a gas-guzzling petrol engine)

The Fiat Ducato has gone on sale in North America as the 2014 Ram ProMaster. Ram is Chrysler’s commercial vehicle brand in North America and covers a range of trucks, pickups and light commercial vehicles. The Ducato is not the first European van to be sold the other side of the pond, Mercedes have been […]

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Watch Isuzu Truck Chairman on BBC’s Question Time Tonight

Nikki King OBE

Industry legend Nikki King, the award-winning, former MD of Isuzu Truck (UK) Ltd and now its Honorary Chairman, has been invited to join the panel of this week’s BBC 1 Question Time as a prominent business leader and industry spokesperson. The location for this week’s programme is Portsmouth, the focus of last week’s top news […]

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Used Van Prices Hit Glass Ceiling

James Davis - Manheim

According to majot UK commercial vehicle auctioneer, Manheim, October saw a year-on-year mirroring of average age, mileage and selling price for vehicles in the wholesale van market, with all three indicators almost identical to October 2012 figures. In addition, the month-on-month average selling price of vans at auction has also remained stable, holding at the […]

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Ford Revamp Commercial Vehicle Dealer Network – “Transit Centres” Launched

Hartwell Abingdon Transit Centre

100 New ‘Transit Centres’ in 18 Months First announced back in February, Ford have just launched their new Transit Centre network in a bid to take the fight to Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz’s dedicated commercial vehicle networks.  What is involved? There is an increasing trend for van makers to demand dedicated facilities of their dealers – […]

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Good News – Truck Test Failure Rate Down


Good news is that the failure rate for truck tests is down with the initial fail rate falling below 23% for the first time at both VOSA-operated and ATF stations.  As you would expect, the ATF figures were, as always, better than those achieved at VOSA stations with an initial fail rate as low as […]

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MoT Test results – CV Dealer Comment

Would this pass?

Every time the VOSA MoT figures come out I cannot fail to be impressed by the improvements that continue in the first time pass rates for trucks (they are as high as 88% if you take minor rectifications on site into account).  There is more that can be done in this area I am sure […]

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VW Commercial vehicles

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has continued a record-breaking 2013 with its best ever September registrations.  With Van Centres across the UK reporting brisk business, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has also increased its market share to a record high, reinforcing its number two position in the light commercial vehicles sector. A total of 5,276 vehicles were registered in […]

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