Builders’ vehicles – February 2022

Builders’ vehicles – February 2022


The recently launched Ducato and all-electric E-Ducato will send a text to the vehicle owner if a thief is trying to break into their van. Fiat Professional’s Theft Assistance detects when someone is trying to break into a vehicle, tow it without authorisation or disconnect the battery. If any of these are detected, the owner receives assistance from a ‘my:Assistant’ operator.


Thanks to the option of a 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel powertrain, the latest Ford Ranger delivers more power and torque when towing heavy loads. In addition, widening the truck by 50mm means customers will be able to load flat sheets of plywood or a full-size pallet. The tailgate can also double as a mobile work bench with an integrated ruler and clamp pockets to measure, grip and cut building materials.


Unlimited call-outs, a replacement van and a tow from anywhere in the UK will all be included in RAC Van Breakdown cover. The two new products – Van Lite and Van Total – are designed to keep both business and recreational users on the move and make it quicker and simpler to get their van back on the road should one of the RAC’s expert patrols not be able to fix it on the spot, as they normally do four out of five times.


Like its internal combustion engine counterparts, the Fiat E-Ducato enjoys what is described as a best-in-class payload of up to 1,950kg and maintains the same volumes of between 10m3 and 17m3. The vehicle has a range of between 113 and 230 miles, depending on the variant, and it is congestion charge and ULEZ-exempt.


A collaboration between Isuzu UK and Arctic Trucks builds on the All-New D-Max. The AT35 features a strengthened chassis, Bilstein Performance Suspension and an All-Terrain Wheel and 35” Tyre Package. Inside there’s a 9” Multifunction Touchscreen with Bluetooth connectivity can sync with Android Auto and Apply CarPlay.


Commercial vehicle accessories available from Rhino Products includes roof racks, bars, ladder transportation systems, rear steps, pipe tubes and rear door ladders. The PipeTube Pro is fitted with a rubber O-ring seal to prevent water ingress, and a PVC lining that eliminates a galvanic reaction occurring, which can lead to discoloration of items stored inside.


With the launch of the Combo-e compact, Vauxhall is one of the few manufacturers able to offer fleets and business customers an electric van across its entire LCV line-up. With a WLTP range of up to 205 miles, and a maximum payload of up to 1,226kg, the Vivaro-e is amongst the the best-selling models in the e-LCV sector.


The functionality of their diesel counterparts but with minimal noise and zero tailpipe emissions – with the arrival of the e-Partner and e-Boxer the entire Peugeot commercial vehicle range now offers an electric variant. Other advantages include lower running costs, ease of driving, immediate throttle response, high torque as well as the absence of vibrations and odours.


Geotab has announced a partnership with MAXUS to bring the benefits of connected vehicles to its customers. The latters Intelligence Onboard solution provides data driven insights through the Geotab software platform, including near real-time insights into state of charge (SOC), energy used, energy cost, live GPS tracking, charging data and range.


The largest model in the manufacturer’s line-up, the Citroën Relay features two new Euro 6.3 Diesel engines and enhanced standard specification. Cruise control with programmable speed limiter is now standard on ‘X’ versions, while a 12V socket is fitted to the load area on ‘X’, ‘Enterprise’ and ‘Driver’ Panel Van versions, as well as a new USB charging socket on the dashboard of ‘Enterprise’ and ‘Driver’.


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