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All the latest LCV news from across the automotive industry

Ford introduces new finance options for LCV buyers

Ford Credit, Ford's financing arm, has introduced two new financing products for business purchasers purchasing a new van.

Clancy Group orders more than 500 Mercedes-Benz vans

Utilities contractor Clancy Group has taken delivery of more than 500 Mercedes-Benz vans, which are now supporting a range of well-known service providers.

Orders open for Volkswagen’s first electric van

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has opened order books for the ABT eTransporter, its first electric van in the UK.

Pricing announced for Vauxhall Vivaro-e Life

Vauxhall has announced pricing and specifications for its electric Vivaro-e Life, which starts from £34,645 after the Government’s plug-in grant.

MAXUS offers £2020 off all e Deliver 3 orders to end of September

MAXUS is offering all UK customers a £2020 discount on e Deliver 3 orders made between September 9-30.

Manufacturer news

Amazon to add 1,800 electric Mercedes-Benz vans to its fleet

Internet retail giant Amazon has announced that it is to add 1,800 electric Mercedes-Benz vans to its European deliver fleet this year.

Fiat e-Ducato pricing and specification announced

Fiat has today announced UK pricing and specifications for the fully electric e-Ducato van, which is on sale now.

Ford launches rally-inspired MS-RT Transit Custom and Transit Connect vans

Ford has announced that Ford Transit Custom and Transit Connect vans developed by vehicle design specialist MS‑RT will be available to order direct from Ford Transit Centres from September.

Openreach makes significant investment in Vauxhall electric vans

Telecommunications specialist Openreach has ordered 270 Vauxhall Vivaro-e vans and nine Corsa-e cars as part of the company’s commitment to electric-powered vehicles.

Pricing and specs confirmed for Mercedes-Benz eSprinter

Mercedes-Benz has revealed the pricing and specification of its new large electric van, the eSprinter, starting at £51,950 exc. VAT and plug-in car grant.

Equipment upgrades for Toyota Proace

Toyota has announced equipment upgrades for the Toyota Proace van and Proace Verso MPV, with the first vehicles set to arrive in October.

Spartan take on 70 new Mercedes-Benz Citans

Spartan Motor Factors has commissioned 70 new Mercedes-Benz Citans as the company seeks to grow following its acquisition by MWR Sales Ltd...

Geofencing tech for Ford Transit Custom PHEV

Ford has a new geofencing system for its Transit Custom plug-in hybrid that allows the van to automatically switch into EV mode in low-emission zones.

Industry news

LCV demand falls in August as buyers wait for new plates

Demand for light commercial vehicles (LCVs) dropped by 16% in the UK in August, as fleet operators wait for the new September plate, new figures have revealed.

Van drivers reveal their biggest annoyances on the road

Van drivers have revealed the ways in which other road users get on their nerves out on the road in a new survey

Rise in new van registrations point to post-Covid recovery

The number of new LCVS registered increased by 7% in July, the first monthly year-on-year increase since January, fuelled by pent-up demand from operators after lockdown restrictions have been lifted.

Nissan NV200 UK’s most reliable van, new figures reveal

The UK’s most reliable light commercial vehicle (LCV) is the Nissan NV200, while the Ford Ranger is the most prone to needing repair, according to new research.

Van owners warned to get safety checks as MOT exemption ends

Van owners are being urged to get their vans checked and repaired, as about 1.2 million vans had MOTs postponed during the COVID-19 lockdown exemption.

Waitrose and John Lewis home delivery vans set to go electric

Customers buying online food from Waitrose or receiving smaller John Lewis deliveries are set to start seeing their shopping arrive in electric vans.

Mercedes-Benz Vans launches finance offers to support businesses

Mercedes-Benz Vans UK has launched a range of finance offers to support businesses who run vans and ensure that pricing is transparent and suitable for various budgets.

New van sales show first signs of recovery

June provided another tough month for the light commercial vehicle sector, with registrations down 24.8% compared to the same time in 2019, and sales in the sector were more than 44% down on the first half of last year.

Six tips to protect your van from theft

Security is something that all van owners should be prioritising, with the number of vans stolen increasing by 45% over the last four years.

New van market falls 86% in April due to coronavirus

The UK new light commercial vehicle (LCV) market declined by 86.2% in April as nearly all registrations stopped due to coronavirus lockdowns.

Drivers urged to give vans a health check to maintain safety

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has urged van drivers who have been handed an MOT extension to give their vans a health check to keep them road legal and safe during the COVID-19 crisis.

New van registrations halve in March as coronavirus makes impact

The new light commercial vehicle market more than halved in March compared to 2019 figures as the effects of the coronavirus pandemic impacted on the sector.

More news

Mercedes-Benz announces pricing and specifications for updated Vito

Mercedes has revealed its pricing and specification structure for its refreshed Vito, which will start at £22,845 plus VAT.

Ford reveals Tourneo and Transit Connect Active models

Ford has increased its range of Active vehicles with the introduction of the new Tourneo Connect Active and Transit Connect Active small vans.

Hard Top returns to Land Rover Defender line-up

The Hard Top name is being added to the commercial version of the latest Land Rover Defender model line-up.

Renault launches zero-emission Zoe Van

Renault PRO+ has launched its latest small electric van, the zero-emission Zoe, offering a range of 245 miles and a payload of 387kg.

Southampton City Council takes delivery of 24 Renault Kangoo ZE33 vans

Southampton City Council (SCC) has put 24 zero emission Renault Kangoo ZE33 panel vans into service around the city.

LEVC announces full details of its VN5 van

London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) has announced the full details of its fully electric VN5 van, which will hit the roads later this year.

Royal Mail to trial electric vans for deliveries

Royal Mail is trialling a prototype LEVC VN5 electric van for parcel and letter deliveries in urban areas, with the aim of cutting emissions.

British Gas orders 1,000 new electric vans

British Gas has placed an order for 1,000 new Vauxhall Vivaro-e electric vans, the largest purchase of electric LCVs ever made in the UK.

Renault expands electric Master ZE line-up

Renault has expanded its electric Master ZE range, which now includes a chassis cab version and an increased payload across the entire range.

LEVC begins trials of new PHEV van

The London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) has started trials of its new plug-in hybrid van, which is based on the same platform as its London black cab.

Vauxhall introduces new Vivaro-e Life

Vauxhall has bolstered its range of electric vehicles with the launch of the new nine-seater Vivaro-e Life van-based people carrier.

MAXUS launches Deliver 9 and e Deliver 3 range

MAXUS has launched its flagship LCV panel van, the Deliver 9 and an all-electric LCV, the e Deliver 3.

New Trail and Active trims beef up the Ford Transit family

Ford has announced two new Transit specifications called Trail and Active that make the best-selling van family more capable off road.

Ford Transit Connect Sport test drive

The Sport spec certainly sharpens up the look of the Ford Transit Connect, but it doesn't change the vehicle's practicality as a small delivery van.

Citroën e-SpaceTourer electric MPV joins the family

Citroën has revealed an electric version of its SpaceTourer MPV that brings zero-emission motoring to its big van-based people carrier.