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Infrastructure is key to low-carbon vehicles

March 10, 2014 George Barrow

Dual-fuel vehicle usage may increase following the DfT’s £11.5m funding, writes George Barrow The uptake of gas-powered trucks has increased, with several high-profile operators, including DHL, Howard Tenens and United Biscuits, adding dual-fuel vehicles to their fleets. Away from the large fleets, uptake has been slow, and that has largely been due to the scarcity of refuelling stations in the UK, where gas road fuels – CNG, LNG and biomethane – are in short supply at retail and wholesale levels. […]

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Demand increases for average mileage vans

August 9, 2013 George Barrow

Used van dealers are reporting a drop in sales and expect the trend to continue over the coming months, according to George Alexander, chief CV editor at Glass’s Guide. Mileage has once again become a key concern for used buyers, who consider vehicles with 40,000 to 50,000 miles to be the best purchase, rather than lower mileage models.

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CV Show 2013: Ford reveals new Transit Courier

April 9, 2013 George Barrow

Ford has unveiled the new Transit Courier at the Birmingham CV Show, the last of its new Transit models. The small panel van completes a four-vehicle line-up, that the company hopes will boost sales by over 50% by 2016.

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Vauxhall remains largest CV manufacturer in the UK

January 17, 2013 George Barrow

Van production at Vauxhall’s Luton and Ellesmere Port plants totalled more than 58,000 units in 2012, making the company the UK’s largest commercial vehicle manufacturer for the 11th year running. Total production at Luton for Vivaro vans was 53,465, with manufacturing at Ellesmere Port contributing 5,373 Astravans to the 58,838 total. In keeping with the decline across the market, production figures at Luton have dropped incrementally in recent years, with Vivaro production in 2012 down by 14,638 units to 68,103 […]

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Truck registrations hold up commercial vehicle market numbers

January 7, 2013 George Barrow

Total commercial vehicle registrations fell during 2012, according to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), with Volvo faring the worst across the twelve month period. Registrations from January to December were down 5.9% across truck and vans, with the decline directly attributable to lower light commercial vehicle sales. Registrations of commercial vehicles above 3.5 tonnes were up 6.4% on 2011 figures, while vans (registrations below 3.5 tonnes) were down 7.9%. Truck registrations were particularly […]