Builders’ vehicles – May 2021

Builders’ vehicles – May 2021


The model range of the Isuzu D-Max is structured into three segments: Business, All-Purpose and Adventure. The Business range features the Utility trim and is offered in a choice of 4×2 or 4×4 and in three different cab types: single, extended and double cab. Developed with work in mind, the Utility features automatic headlights with high beam assist, automatic windscreen wipers, speed-sensitive power steering, DAB radio and a stop & start system.


Increased space, efficient engine options, additional driver assistance systems, and a new connected Digital Cockpit and infotainment system are some of the improvement to the all-new Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Caddy Cargo panel van. There’s also a choice of three trim levels: the entry-level Commerce, Commerce Plus, and the range-topping Commerce Pro. The vehicle is now capable of carrying a Euro pallet sideways.


Ford Transit and Custom are two of the top-performing vans for active safety, according to new testing by independent vehicle safety authority Euro NCAP. Transit received a Gold award for its suite of available active safety features while Transit Custom earned a Silver award. Euro NCAP specifically commended Ford’s AEB system, recognising Pre-Collision Assist technology with Pedestrian Detection as a clear class-leading feature.


All-electric and internal combustion engine options are part of the plans for the next generation of Nissan small vans in Europe. The battery-powered models will continue the success of the e-NV200, which offers a zero-emission solution but can save businesses money through avoiding fuel, vehicle duty and city centre congestion zone charges.

The latest in radio and infotainment technology is a feature of the MAN TGE Vans line-up. The range-topping MAN Media Van Business Navigation package includes an 8in. TFT colour display with touchscreen and roof mounted 3-button module system. In addition, an advanced centre console roof mounted 3-button module offers Emergency call, MAN Breakdown Service, and MAN Info call services.


Vehicle safety systems specialist, Brigade Electronics has launched a new range of dash cameras. The units feature high-definition resolution for clear, high quality footage, GPS tracking data post recording, easy to use software to quickly and simply recover video data, and full colour control for optimised night-time recording. There’s also an optional locking box and key to prevent theft or tampering.


Europcar Vans and Trucks has partnered with telematics leader, Geotab and dash cam provider, SureCam, to offer a six-month free telematics and dash cam video data subscription on new long-term commercial vehicle agreements. With no onerous financial commitments, and the ability to select the latest Euro VI compliant vehicles, the company is promoting long-term rental as an ideal solution for construction firms.


Updated finance and long-term warranty plans are amongst the latest additions to the Isuzu Grafter portfolio. The 3.5 tonne truck range now incorporates a choice of models on the most popular Grafter 120hp, including a new option over the standard 6-speed manual transmission in the shape of a fully automatic 6-speed gearbox, as well as incorporating updated steering and suspension features.


Kickstarting Fiat’s foray into 100 per cent electric vehicles, the E-Ducato large LCV has a range of between 113 and 230 miles, depending on the variant. It is congestion charge and ULEZ-exempt, with a choice between two battery sizes – 47kWh or 79kWh. Its impressive charging time of zero to fully charged, takes just 2 hours and 25 minutes, and there’s a payload of up to 1,885kg with volumes of between 10m3 and 17m3.


Reduce hours spent on paperwork with a new fuel card management app from Shell Fleet Solutions UK. Designed for UK business owners with up to ten vehicles – and available on both Android and iOS platforms – it offers customers fuel credit, tracks their drivers’ fuel spending and facilitates card management. It is claimed the app could help small businesses save up to £70 a month on their Shell fuel spend.

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