Vito: All show, no substance?

21st October, 2010

Looking for a van to meet your commercial needs, but not sure if Mercedes is worth it? Then take a another look at the Mercedes Benz Vito.

The Vito comes from the same Mercedes family as the Sprinter, and is every bit as tough. Available in three lengths – compact, long and extra long, the Vito is in a class of its own when it comes to safety, comfort, durability and re-sell value. The Mercedes Benz Vito boasts lots of space and load capacity as well as great flexibility afforded by the sliding door on the passenger side.Used Mercedes Benz Vito

It is also proven to be the most fuel efficient van in its class after a Vito 109 CDI, which was entered by the commercial vehicle rental company, Northgate and set a new record of 55mpg in the 2007 AA/ALD Automotive MPG Marathon. Research shows that the Vito has high residual values and low servicing and maintenance costs. After three years/60,000 miles, the Vito has a residual value of 43.3% of its new price. This is compared with the Citroen Dispatch HDi 90, which only retained 31.5 % of its initial pricing, and the Fiat Scudo comfort multijet 90 bhp which retained 28.2 per cent. (

The 2nd generation Vitos (2003 onwards) are all Euro 3 compliant (additionally Euro 4 compliant as of November 2006) and therefore exempt from the Low Emission Zone in London, which requires commercial vehicles (vans) to reach at least Euro 3 standard from October 2010. ABS and ESP are also standard across the Vito range. This is impressive as no other manufacturer offers EPS as standard in vehicles of this class. Read the rest of this article»

HSE load safety video

25th August, 2010

Check out this short yet informative load safety video produced by the Health and Safety Executive. It contains 5 crucial safety rules on securing truck loads:

1. Always load to the headboard
2. Ensure all loads are fastened to the trailer
3. Do not use rope hooks to fasten the load
4. Never use curtains to secure a load
5. Documented information must travel with the vehicle regards how the load was secured and loaded.

Peugeot announce diesel hybrid

24th August, 2010

Peugeot have finally confirmed the world’s first fully hybrid diesel car. Going on sale in the spring of next year, the 3008 Hybrid4 should achieve 74.4mpg, and emit 99 g/km of CO2. Powered by a 2.0-litre 163bhp HDi engine and a 37bhp electric motor, for a combined output of 200bhp, the Hybrid4 will be able to operate in a full-electric, ZEV (Zero Emission Vehicle) mode, as well as four-wheel drive, auto and sport modes.

The electric motor will drive the rear wheels and the diesel engine will drive the front wheels. However, while the electric and diesel powertrains will be able to operate separately, they will also work together when required, such as under hard acceleration.

The six-speed electronically controlled gear box can operate in both manual and automatic mode as required. It will also feature plenty of other technology, including a stop/start system, daytime running lights, a heads-up display, hill start assist, and 3-D satellite navigation.

Prices are likely to start at about £25,000.

Growth of the Hybrid market
Believe it or not, but the hybrid fuel car has been in development since 1900 when Ferdinand Porsche developed the Lohner-Porsche Mixte Hybrid. This was the first gasoline-electric hybrid automobile in the world. However hybrid-electric vehicle did not become widely available until 1997 when Toyota released the Prius, followed by the Honda Insight in 1999. While initially perceived as unnecessary due to the low cost of gasoline, worldwide increases in the price of petroleum caused many car manufacturers to release hybrids in the late 2000s. They are now perceived as a core segment of the future car market.

Toyota remains the worldwide market leader of hybrid vehicle sales, reaching 1.0 million vehicles by May 31, 2007; the 2.0 million mark was reached by August 31, 2009; and 2.68 million units by July 2010, with hybrids sold in 80 countries and regions.

Van load safety steps up a gear

11th August, 2010

Over the last 10 years much has been done within the Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) industry to help reduce the number accidents. ABS breaks and traction control are now fitted as standard on many of UK panel vans. Manufacturers are also providing such items as airbags and crumple zones to lessen injuries.

However, The Freight Transport Association (FTA) are tackling a road safety issue which has been largely ignored up until now – the potential injury caused by the load which the van is being used to transport!

Fleet News ( recently featured an article outlining the FTA’s approach to the matter, which will be examining an employer’s duty of care to its employees such as;

  • Restraining of cargo and fixed equipment
  • Retro-fitment of driver aids
  • Alterations to the vehicle structure
  • Fitment of racking systems and internal and external load carrying. Read the rest of this article»

Mercedes Benz to the rescue?

5th August, 2010

Is this the funkiest, smoothest ambulance in town? German based vehicle conversion specialist Kinetic Ambulanz Mobile (KAM) have been creating a bit of a stir amongst health authorities and Fire & Rescue Services up and down the country.

Based on a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 316CDI, combines a tried-and-tested design from one of Europe’s leading ambulance builders with the award-winning Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, which is renowned as the safest and most reliable van on the road.

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Is your car really ‘Green’?

4th August, 2010

Nowadays we are all incentivised to go green and ensure we make environmentally responsible decisions when considering our mode of transport. We are constantly being bombarded with messages from the Government that high carbon emissions are causing mass pollution of the atmosphere and contributing to global warming. Manufacturer advertising would also have us believe that a vehicle which emits just 100g of CO2 per/km is cleaner that one that emits 150g/km, but is it really? Read the rest of this article»

Brand new website

2nd August, 2010

Welcome to our new home on the internet. We are working on this section right now and look forward to sharing news and information on the world of trucks, transport and commerical vehicles.