Company Van Today - Issue 10 - Summer 2019

CVT AWARDS 2019 04 09 16 21 Newspress Commercial VehicleWriter of the Year Unless you skipped straight to this part of the mag without looking at the front cover (which would be flattering but highly unlikely) you will have noticed that this issue marks the first CVT Awards, where we are naming the best vans and pick-ups on the market. That the decisions were difficult in almost every case illustrates the level of quality on offer to van buyers today and I firmly believe that the choice operators face is the best it has ever been. Now, I know it would be easy to look at, say, the small van sector and the seemingly unstoppable march of the van that is the Citroen Berlingo, Peugeot Partner, Vauxhall Combo and the forthcoming Toyota Proace City and muse that this is proof there is actually less choice available. However, the strength of the rivals at Ford and Volkswagen and the compelling numbers-based case that the likes of the Fiat Doblo put forward show that there are some excellent alternatives. Besides, when the Berlingo/Partner/Combo trio are so good, it doesn’t really matter quite so much that so many of the class are fundamentally the same van. Whether we will be saying the same when Ford and Volkswagen combine resources to work on commercial vehicles is another matter. The large van class is another one where the competition is so fierce, even with the revised Transit not having been launched in time to be eligible for this year’s consideration. With so many changes, and the relative strength of the updated Transit Custom, Connect and Courier, one imagines it will pose a serious challenge to the outstanding Mercedes Sprinter and Volkswagen Crafter. Ultimately, someone has to win in each category, but it is very much the case that there are models that weren’t mentioned as winners or highly commended that are excellent options. What we have sought to do is recognise those that best fulfil their brief. They may not be for you, but that is ok. Please do feel free to (politely) disagree (or agree) with me by emailing me at tom@companyvantoday.co.uk . TomWebster Editor FOREWORD COMPANY VAN TODAY.CO.UK 3 04 NEWS New Citroen Relay and Peugeot Boxer revealed; Growth goals for upgraded Ford Transit; Nissan’s new baby van; SMMT braced for the onset of WLTP testing 09 COMPANY VAN TODAY AWARDS 2019 We reveal the best commercial vehicles you can buy today 16 TEST DRIVE REVIEWS All-new Vauxhall Vivaro; facelifted Renault Trafic; revised Renault Master; updated Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Commercial 21 LONG-TERMTEST Why the Mercedes X-Class is a very classy pick-up indeed 22 KNOWLEDGE Pick-up sales are on the up, but what is that doing to RVs? 23 KNOWLEDGE All the figures you need CONTENTS WELCOME EDITORIAL: EDITOR: TomWebster E: tom@companyvantoday.co.uk NEWS: news@automotivemedia.co.uk CHIEF SUB-EDITOR: Euan Doig ART DIRECTOR: Caroline Creighton-Metcalf PRODUCTION: T: 01206 638037 E: production@automotivemedia.co.uk EDITORIAL DIRECTOR: Paul Barker PUBLISHING: PUBLISHER: Dave Wallace T: 07739 554329 E: dave@automotivemedia.co.uk ADVERTISING: T: 01206 638036 CIRCULATION MANAGER: Andy Kirk E: circulation@automotivemedia.co.uk SUBSCRIPTIONS: Subscribe to Company Van Today: UK £19.50 . Europe & Eire £26.80 CompanyVan Today @companyvantoday DISCLAIMER: Company Van Today is published four times per year by AutomotiveMedia & Events Limited, registered address 1 Second Avenue, Halstead, Essex, CO9 2SU. Registered number 10034249. All rights reserved. No part of themagazinemay be reproduced in any form in whole or in part without prior written permission of the publisher. All material published remains the copyright of AutomotiveMedia & Events Limited. Whilst every reasonable care is taken to ensure accuracy, information is obtained froma variety of sources and the publisher is not responsible for any errors or omissions, nor dowe accept liability for any loss or damage, howsoever caused, resulting from the use of the magazine. We reserve the right to edit letters, copy or images submitted to themagazine without further consent. The submission of material to AutomotiveMedia & Events Limited unsolicited or requested, is taken as permission to publish in themagazine. ISSN 2514-1929 (online) Printing: Micropress Printers Ltd, Suffolk.

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