Company Van Today - Issue 9 - Spring 2019

12 04 14 16 21 Newspress Commercial VehicleWriter of the Year At the preview event for the 2019 CV Show, there was a panel discussing the various factors currently influencing the industry. Such is the current pace of development, it isn’t worth recounting everything that was discussed – suffice to say that Brexit, the need for a deal and the impact of no deal were covered at length by the SMMT’s Mike Hawes, Bruce McGill from the Society of Engineers and Richard Burnett of the Road Haulage Association. All this has the danger of overriding the other, equally important things that are affecting the van sector, and the RHA is particularly concerned about the impact that low-emission zone charges will have on small companies that can’t afford new vehicles that comply with tight legislation. What is particularly bizarre is the inconsistency across the different cities. There is a proposed £100 charge for older lorries to drive into Manchester, while Leeds is considering a £50 cost. The London ULEZ kicks in this April, and it will be interesting to see what, if any, impact the latest charge will have on congestion and air-quality levels. It’s easy for van users to think “this doesn’t impact me – I only run LCVs”, but the knock-on effect will be felt. It’s estimated that it would take 20 vans to carry the same load as one lorry, which has a notable impact on traffic levels. Just as allowing hybrids and low-CO 2 cars immunity from the Congestion Charge at various points only changed the make-up of the vehicles in the centre of London, so the ULEZ charges are likely to only shift the problem to a different form of issue. The air quality and congestion in our cities is in dire need of action, but I fear that this is only the start of a long discussion to sort an ever-evolving problem. Just like something else that is dominating the headlines at the moment… I’m delighted to report that I was lucky enough to be named the Commercial Vehicle Writer of the Year at the 2019 Newspress Awards – a ceremony that honours the automotive media industry. I’m elated, and really rather humbled, by the award, and will endeavour to maintain these standards in future issues of Company Van Today . TomWebster Editor FOREWORD COMPANY VAN TODAY.CO.UK 3 04 NEWS Ford reveals plan for battery Transit; facelifted VW Transporter; 09 ANALYSIS Ford is embracing an EV future 12 INTERVIEW VW CV fleet boss David Hanna 14 CV SHOW 2019 What you’ll see at this year’s show 16 TEST DRIVE REVIEWS Ford Transit Courier; Citroen Berlingo; Fiat Doblo Sportivo; Volkswagen Caddy 21 LONG-TERMTEST We’ve had one Mercedes X-Class, and now we’ve got a posher one 22 KNOWLEDGE We explore how ULEZs will affect remarketing 23 KNOWLEDGE All the figures you need CONTENTS WELCOME EDITORIAL: EDITOR: TomWebster E: NEWS: CHIEF SUB-EDITOR: Euan Doig ART DIRECTOR: Caroline Creighton-Metcalf CONTRIBUTOR: Paul Barker PRODUCTION: T: 01206 638037 E: EDITORIAL DIRECTOR: Paul Barker PUBLISHING: PUBLISHER: Dave Wallace T: 07739 554329 E: ADVERTISING: T: 01206 638036 CIRCULATION MANAGER: Andy Kirk E: 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.