12 04 14 16 21 I recently heard it said that the van market in the UK is currently facing more challenges than at any other time in its history. The introduction of low-emission zones in big cities, fuel prices and the demonisation of diesel, the forthcoming CO 2 -based VED system, WLTP and the small matter of the UK’s exit from the European Union all contribute to an atmosphere that is deeply uncertain. Also troubling is the reduction in notice the automotive industry gets to prepare for changes. The first sign of this was the announcement in 2018 that the Ultra-Low Emission Zone was being brought into force in London a year earlier than planned. Given the desire to move older vans off city streets, it is likely that this is not going to be the last of the punitive charges to hit the owners and operators of older vans. The decision to switch to a new CO 2 - based vehicle excise duty system for the van market was inevitable, and the hope remains that it will only apply to new vehicles, as was the case when the car VED system switched over. However, the political attitude towards emissions has moved on from 2000, when the car market embraced CO 2 as the basis of its tax system, so I wouldn’t be certain that operators of older vans are not going to be hit in one form or another. This lack of certainty is one of many challenges that the industry is facing. At the time of writing there is no clarity on what exactly the WLTP testers will require for the real-world testing element. For example, there are concerns that testing fully laden could raise CO 2 ratings, which would in turn increase tax costs. There has been enough written about the uncertainty around Brexit and the impact it is already having, and that looks set to continue in 2019 and beyond. But amid all of this, we’re also seeing a market that is buoyant. Without harping on about registration figures too much, sales of commercial vehicles are stable, and even on the up in some segments. British car manufacturing might have dropped by almost 20% in November, but CV manufacturing rose by a quarter. As Mercedes-Benz Vans boss Steve Bridge points out in our interview on page 12, the delivery market is booming. That will provide reassurance to an industry that is faced by uncertainty in so many other areas. TomWebster Editor FOREWORD COMPANY VAN TODAY.CO.UK 3 04 NEWS New Vauxhall Vivaro; London van scrappage scheme; revised L200 09 ANALYSIS e shortage of van drivers 12 INTERVIEW Mercedes CV boss Steve Bridge 14 THE IMPACT OF WLTP CV arena faces a major upheaval 16 TEST DRIVE REVIEWS Citroen Berlingo/Peugeot Partner/Vauxhall Combo; Fiesta Van; Mercedes Sprinter; Ford Transit Connect; Toyota Hilux; Toyota Land Cruiser 21 LONG TERMTEST Hello to our Mercedes X-Class 22 KNOWLEDGE e resale importance of car tech 23 KNOWLEDGE All the figures you need CONTENTS WELCOME EDITORIAL: EDITOR: TomWebster E: email@example.com NEWS: firstname.lastname@example.org CHIEF SUB EDITOR: Euan Doig ART DIRECTOR: Lise Meyrick CONTRIBUTOR: Paul Barker PRODUCTION: T: 01206 638037 E: email@example.com EDITORIAL DIRECTOR: Paul Barker PUBLISHING: PUBLISHER: Dave Wallace T: 07739 554329 E: firstname.lastname@example.org ADVERTISING: T: 01206 638036 CIRCULATION MANAGER: Andy Kirk E: email@example.com 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. e submission of material to AutomotiveMedia & Events Limited unsolicited or requested, is taken as permission to publish in themagazine. ISSN 2514-1910 (print) Printing: Micropress Printers Ltd, Suffolk.