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Thursday 24 August 2017

Van Accessories & Services News

All the latest news about van accessories and services necessary to make your van or light commercial fulfil its function efficiently, economically and safely. Includes chassis cab conversion, internal/external van racking, manual handling, refrigeration, telematics, van rental, financial, van insurance, legal and van industry news.

  • Truckman Max Hardtop
    24 July 2017

    Truckman takes pick-up hardtop to the Max

    Auto Styling Truckman had introduced the Max Hardtop for the Fiat Fullback, Ford Ranger, Isuzu D-Max, Mitsubishi L200, Toyota Hilux and VW Amarok…
    Ian Kemp
  • SMMT Logo
    07 July 2017

    Half-year 2017 new LCV sales show slowdown

    With the release of the official SMMT LCV registration figures for June it’s becoming apparent that the unprecedented growth has peaked…
    Ian Kemp
  • Truckman Hardtops SHB Hire
    07 June 2017

    Truckman continues to find favour with SHB

    SHB Hire has announced the renewal of an ongoing partnership, developed over the last two years, with hardtop and accessory manufacturer AutoStyling Truckman…
    Ian Kemp
  • Truckman Hardtop VW Amarok 2017
    17 March 2017

    VW seal of approval for Truckman hardtops

    Four new Truckman hardtops have been named as official Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles UK-approved accessories for the revised 2017 Amarok…
    Ian Kemp
  • smmt-logo-keyline
    13 February 2017

    New van sales buoyant at start of 2017

    Official new van registration figures supplied by the SMMT show a small 1.2 per cent year-on-year growth for January compared with the same month in 2016…
    Ian Kemp
  • Toyota Classic Truckman Classic
    01 February 2017

    Truckman adds Classic hardtops for new Hilux

    Auto Styling Truckman has launched new versions of its high-roof Classic hardtop for single and extra cab versions of the new generation Hilux…
    Ian Kemp
  • smmt-logo-keyline
    11 January 2017

    New van sales reach new high in 2016

    According to the latest figures from the SMMT, new light commercial vehicle registrations in 2016 totalled 375,687, the highest figure ever recorded…
    Neil McIntee
  • smmt-logo-keyline
    06 December 2016

    November new LCV sales hit all-time high

    According to the latest figures from the SMMT this November saw sales of new LCVs reach the highest number since records began 20 years ago…
    Ian Kemp
  • Reflex Van Rental
    25 November 2016

    Van Excellence accreditation for Reflex Vans

    Loughborough-based Reflex Vans is the first van rental business to receive Van Excellence operator accreditation from the Freight Transport Association…
    Ian Kemp
  • smmt-logo-keyline
    05 August 2016

    New LCV sales level off in July 2016

    According to the latest figures it looks like new van sales have stabilised, as predicted, with the market unable to sustain its unprecedented growth…
    Neil McIntee
  • Mule Tipper Inserts
    13 July 2016

    Mule Tipper Inserts transform pick-ups

    The Mule Tipper Insert is a simple solution for anyone wanting to turn their pick-up into a tipper, without going to the expense of a chassis cab-based…
    Russell Brown
  • smmt-logo-keyline
    13 July 2016

    Heavy vans continue to drive 2016 sales

    Year-to-date it’s the heavier vans (2.5t – 3.5t) that are dominating growth in the LCV market in 2016 with a 62.7 per cent share…
    Ian Kemp
  • truckman-2016-hilux2
    08 July 2016

    Truckman launches 2016 Hilux hardtop range

    Auto Styling Truckman has announced the availability of a range of bespoke load bed hardtops for the new generation 2016 Toyota Hilux pick-up…
    Russell Brown
  • smmt-logo-keyline
    20 June 2016

    2016 van sales remain strong in May

    According to the latest figures LCV registrations in May 2016 rose 1.9 per cent year-on-year, taking the year-to-date tally to 155,266…
    Ian Kemp
  • smmt-logo-keyline
    16 May 2016

    Heavier vans driving 2016 registrations

    April 2016’s sales figures were up 11.9 per cent year-on-year with the 2.5t – 3.5t sector accounting for 60 per cent of all vans registered year-to-date…
    Russell Brown
  • Truckman Upstone Tonneau Cover
    13 May 2016

    Truckman takes on Upstone tonneau tops

    Auto Styling Truckman has announced that it has become the sole UK distributor for Upstone’s range of pick-up aluminium solid tonneau tops…
    Keith Fields
  • smmt-logo-keyline
    18 April 2016

    Positive Q1 for 2016 new van sales

    Thanks to a 3.3 per cent year-on-year rise in March’s LCV registrations the 2016 market was showing a 1.2 per cent year-to-date increase by the end of Q1…
    Russell Brown
  • fuel-pump
    15 March 2016

    FTA calls for fuel tax cut in 2016 Budget

    Earlier this month the Freight Transport Association wrote to Chancellor George Osbourne asking for fuel tax to be cut or at least frozen…
    Russell Brown
  • smmt-logo-keyline
    14 March 2016

    LCV sales hold steady in February 2016

    Registrations for light commercial vehicles up to 3.5t in February 2016 matched those of the same month in the previous record-breaking year…
    Keith Fields
  • van-driver-of-the-year-2016-logo
    16 February 2016

    Van Excellence Driver of the Year 2016

    The FTA has released details of this year’s Van Driver of the Year contest and it’s taking place on 14 July at Mercedes-Benz’s facility in Wentworth Park, near…
    Russell Brown
  • smmt-logo-keyline
    09 February 2016

    New LCV sales level out at start of 2016

    Registrations of new light commercial vehicles slowed year-on-year in January 2016, following a record breaking number of sales in 2015…
    Ian Kemp
  • Nissan NP300 Navara Truckman Hardtop
    08 February 2016

    Nissan NP300 Navara gets Truckman hardtops

    Auto Styling Truckman has launched a range of hardtops designed and engineered specifically for the all-new Nissan NP300 Navara pick-up…
    Keith Fields
  • smmt-logo-keyline
    07 January 2016

    LCV sales hit all-time high in 2015

    According to the latest SMMT figures 2015 set an all-time record for light commercial registrations in the UK with a grand total of 371,830…
    Ian Kemp
  • Mercedes Sprinter Parcelforce
    15 December 2015

    Van drivers deliver the goods this Xmas

    According to a new report, Britons are the biggest internet shoppers in the EU and it’s vans that are delivering the majority of goods to buyers’ front doors…
    Keith Fields
  • Nissan NP300 Navara
    15 December 2015

    Truckman developing new Navara hardtops

    Auto Styling Truckman is nearing completion of the R&D on a range of hardtops for the latest generation Nissan NP300 Navara pick-up…
    Russell Brown
  • SMMT Logo
    07 December 2015

    Van sales break all-time record

    Registrations of LCVs in 2015 had topped 341,000 by the end of November, exceeding 2007’s previous whole-year best of 337,741 by quite some margin…
    Ian Kemp
  • smmt-logo-keyline
    11 November 2015

    New van sales growth slows in October 2015

    The extraordinary level of 2015’s new LCV sales slowed in October, but still showed a year-on-year rise of 6.2% compared to the same month in 2014…
    Keith Fields
  • Paneltex Iceland Merc Sprinter
    19 October 2015

    Paneltex Somers keeps Iceland Foods chilled

    Paneltex has worked closely with VMS Fleet Management, Mercedes and Iceland to keep temperature-sensitive food in peak condition…
    Russell Brown
  • Hubbard 720 Alpha
    13 October 2015

    Hubbard relocating to bigger premises

    Suffolk-based refrigeration specialist Hubbard Products has announced plans to relocate its R&D and manufacturing facilities…
    Russell Brown
  • smmt-logo-keyline
    09 October 2015

    Van sales up 20 per cent in September 2015

    Official figures show that registrations of new LCVs in September were up 19.6 per cent compared with the same month in 2014…
    Keith Fields
  • Truckman Grand Hardtop L200
    06 October 2015

    Truckman launches new L200 Grand Hardtop

    Auto Styling Truckman has introduced a new high specification sleek roof-height hardtop for the fifth generation Mitsubishi L200…
    Russell Brown
  • Arrive 'N' Drive 2015 Logo
    09 September 2015

    Arrive ’N’ Drive rocking in 2015

    Rockingham is once again the venue for the hands-on GreenFleet Arrive 'N' Drive event. Bring yourself up to speed with the latest 'green' eco transport…
    Keith Fields
  • SMMT Logo
    07 September 2015

    2015 new van sales back on track in August

    Sales of new LCVs recovered in August — having dipped year-on-year the previous month — up 14.4 per cent compared with 2014…
    Russell Brown
  • Bevan Group Tippers
    27 August 2015

    Bevan Group takes Stag Bodies on board

    Bevan has entered the tipper and traffic management conversion market thanks to acquiring specialist bodybuilder Stag Bodies…
    Keith Fields
  • Auto Stying Truckman L200
    17 August 2015

    Truckman invests in new R&D facilities

    Ahead of the upcoming raft of new pick-up model launches Auto Styling Truckman has expanded its development and tool making workshop…
    Keith Fields
  • SMMT Logo
    07 August 2015

    New van sales boom slows in July 2015

    The unprecedented rise in new LCV registrations in the first half of 2015 stalled slightly in July, recording a drop of 0.1 per cent…
    Keith Fields
  • Michelin CrossClimate
    04 August 2015

    Michelin CrossClimate for entire BG fleet

    Michelin’s latest all-season tyre has been specified for fitment to British Gas’s 13,000-strong commercial vehicle fleet…
    Ian Kemp
  • SMMT Logo
    20 July 2015

    2015 new van sales heading for a record

    Year-to-date figures for new LCV registrations in June 2015 are well up on those of 2007, the pre-recession all-time sales record year…
    Ian Kemp
  • VOSA Van Spot Check
    24 June 2015

    Keep it legal at DRIVEit 2015

    The ICFM is hosting a Knowledge Zone at DRIVEit 2015 to help operators, whether a big fleet or owner/operator, better understand van-related legislation…
    Russell Brown
  • SMMT Logo
    17 June 2015

    New van sales slow slightly in May 2015

    Registrations of LCVs remain well ahead year-to-date compared with 2014, despite a slight cooling of the market in May…
    Keith Fields
  • Hitachi Capital Trade Ready Racking
    16 June 2015

    Hitachi Capital updates Trade Ready for 2015

    Hitachi Capital has expanded its Trade Ready packages to include new van models, racking systems, tools and added a livery service…
    Russell Brown
  • CV Show 2015 Logo
    15 June 2015

    Visitor numbers up at CV Show 2015

    Official ABC audit data of the 2015 Commercial Vehicle Show visitor numbers show a significant five per cent rise compared to 2014…
    Ian Kemp
  • winch-systems2
    28 May 2015

    Winch Systems to haul in visitors

    Hull-based Winch Systems are the latest accessory company to sign up as an exhibitor at DRIVEit 2015 this summer…
    Kevin Gregory
  • icfm-logo
    27 May 2015

    ICFM LCV Fleet Knowledge Zone

    The Institute of Car Fleet Management will be at DRIVEit and on hand to offer advice on every level of vehicle and fleet management in the Knowledge Zone…
    Kevin Gregory
  • ape-2015-zico
    27 May 2015

    Piaggio joins DRIVEit with APE

    Go APE at DRIVEit and test drive the cheeky and versatile 3-wheel commercial vehicle from Piaggio…
    Kevin Gregory
  • vivaro-2014-news7
    27 May 2015

    Vauxhall announces DRIVEit test vehicles

    Vauxhall has revealed its extensive line-up of vehicles available to be driven at this year’s DRIVEit…
    Kevin Gregory
  • xtreme-sales-2015-cvshow1
    27 May 2015

    Xtreme Sales for 4x4 Accessories

    Xtreme Sales provide the best in heavy duty and rugged enhancement for your company's pick-up and van fleet…
    Kevin Gregory
  • great-wall-steed-2015-video2
    27 May 2015

    4x4 Off-Roading at DRIVEit

    Last week the Great Wall Steed was put through it’s paces on the 4×4 course at Bruntingthorpe…
    Kevin Gregory
  • SMMT Logo
    08 May 2015

    New LCV sales remain strong in April 2015

    Sales of new light commercial vehicles continue to rise year-on-year in 2015 with April making it 12 months in a row of significant growth…
    Keith Fields
  • Lightfoot Website
    01 May 2015

    Lightfoot launches new improved website

    Driver behaviour specialist Lightfoot’s new website goes into detail about the benefits of its real-time, in-cab driver feedback system…
    Keith Fields
  • driveit-2015-logo-dates-smmt-key
    22 April 2015

    DRIVEit 2015 visitor registration goes live

    Registration for DRIVEit@ Bruntingthorpe 2015, the UK’s leading LCV driving event, is now open for business…
    Ian Kemp
  • Truckman Utility Top VW Amarok
    21 April 2015

    Truckman tops keep Network Rail on track

    Auto Styling Truckman is supplying 140 utility hardtops for the latest additions to Network Rail’s fleet of pick-ups; Volkswagen Amaroks…
    Russell Brown
  • smmt-logo-keyline
    09 April 2015

    New van sales buoyant in 2015 Q1

    Registrations of new LCVs have remained buoyant in the first three months of the year; mainly thanks to the 2.5t – 3.5t sector…
    Ian Kemp
  • pothole-warning
    31 March 2015

    RAC launches pothole reporting app

    The RAC Report Pothole smartphone app streamlines the process of taking action to get a pothole or other road defect fixed…
    Keith Fields
  • tailpipe-fumes
    27 March 2015

    London ULEZ confirmed for 2020

    London Mayor Boris Johnson has announced that the Ultra Low Emission Zone will come into effect on 7 September 2020…
    Keith Fields
  • Renault Kangoo ZE
    26 March 2015

    Plug-in Van Grant Extended

    Scheduled to close at the end of March 2015 the Government’s taxpayer-funded Plug-in Van Grant has been extended ‘to meet continued demand’…
    Ian Kemp
  • transporter-2015-rhino1
    25 March 2015

    Racking systems get VW approval

    In partnership with Rhino Products and Sortimo VW has developed internal and external racking and storage systems for its LCVs…
    Russell Brown
  • Mercedes Benz Sprinter
    23 March 2015

    Van Excellence pass for Millers Vanguard

    Millers Vanguard’s fleet of Mercedes LCVs has passed the stringent requirements of the FTA’s Van Excellence Scheme…
    Keith Fields
  • Penny Hydraulics PH230 Crane
    11 March 2015

    New PH Crane range to debut at CV Show

    Penny Hydraulics will be unveiling its new range of PH Cranes on its stand at the 2015 Commercial Vehicle Show…
    Russell Brown
  • smmt-logo-keyline
    06 March 2015

    2015 new LCV sales continue to impress

    The trend of rising new van sales continues upwards with February 2015 seeing a year-on-year rise of 17.9 per cent…
    Russell Brown
  • Bacon Butty
    27 February 2015

    Brown sauce tops bacon butty poll

    Research carried out by Direct Line for Business reveals brown sauce is the favourite bacon butty accompaniment…
    Ian Kemp
  • DRIVEit 2015
    17 February 2015

    DRIVEit 2015 gains support from SMMT

    This year’s hands-on LCV driving event, DRIVEit 2015, is being supported by the Society of Manufacturers & Traders…
    Ian Kemp
  • London Safer Lorry Scheme
    13 February 2015

    LCVs exempt from London Safer Lorry Scheme

    From 1 September 2015 all CVs over 3.5t are required to fit additional safety mirrors to operate in London; LCVs are exempt…
    Russell Brown
  • Metrocab Taxi
    12 February 2015

    Range-extended Metrocab licensed

    Metrocab has become the first zero-emission-capable electric taxi to be licensed as a London Hackney Carriage…
    Keith Fields
  • Autogas Logo 2015
    11 February 2015

    Autogas makes LPG conversion easier

    Following its recent site rebranding, Autogas has launched a new approved LPG conversion scheme…
    Ian Kemp
  • Alu-Cab VW Amarok
    10 February 2015

    Alu-Cab introduces VW Amarok hardtop

    Aluminium hardtop specialist Alu-Cab has come up with a new model specifically designed for the VW Amarok double cab…
    Russell Brown
  • Trackstar Advance
    09 February 2015

    Trackstar Advance tackles electronic theft

    Trackstar has updated its stolen vehicle tracking system to combat thefts using electronic intervention methods…
    Keith Fields
  • SMMT Logo
    05 February 2015

    New van sales soar at start of 2015

    The trend of rising new LCV registrations continues into 2015 with January’s total up 21.7 per cent year-on-year…
    Ian Kemp
  • mySmartFleet
    04 February 2015

    Fraikin & Masternaut launch mySmartFleet

    Vehicle fleet services specialist Fraikin has joined forces with Masternaut to provide a full service telematics system…
    Russell Brown
  • van-excellence-2015-logo
    03 February 2015

    Operational Briefings from Van Excellence

    The FTA’s Van Excellence Scheme is hitting the road in 2015 with two briefings to bring operators up to speed…
    Keith Fields
  • Truckman Utility Top
    30 January 2015

    Truckman develops Amarok Utility Hardtop

    Auto Styling Truckman has extended its range of Utility Top hardtops with new models for the Volkswagen Amarok…
    Ian Kemp
  • Isuzu D-Max Seat Cover
    23 January 2015

    D-Max gets ultra heavy duty seat covers

    Isuzu has introduced a range of very sturdy tailored covers to fit the front and rear seats of its D-Max pick-up…
    Keith Fields
  • road-angel-2015-halo1-key
    21 January 2015

    Road Angel launches Halo Dash Cam

    Speed management and driver safety experts, Road Angel, has announced the launch of its Halo accident camera system…
    Keith Fields
  • Garmin dezl 770
    19 January 2015

    Garmin launches dēzl 570/770 CV sat navs

    Aimed at users of large vans and trucks, the new Garmin dēzl 570 and 770 enable CV-specific information input…
    Russell Brown
  • SMMT Logo
    07 January 2015

    2014 new LCV sales exceed 320,000

    UK sales of new light commercial vehicles in 2014 totalled 321,686, almost reaching pre-recession levels…
    Keith Fields
  • CV Show 2015 Logo
    05 January 2015

    CV Show 2015 pre-registration goes live

    As of 5 January, pre-registration for the UK’s 2015 Commercial Vehicle Show is open for business…
    Ian Kemp
  • autogas-2014-mcgreavy
    10 December 2014

    Courier saves £20,000 using Autogas LPG

    Having rack-up 225,000 miles in 11 years, courier Andy McGarvey has saved loads of money thanks to using Autogas LPG…
    Russell Brown
  • Direct Line DrivePlus Van
    09 December 2014

    Cut costs with Direct Line Telematics App

    Operators using the Direct Line DrivePlus Van App are automatically eligible for a 20 per cent insurance discount…
    Ian Kemp
  • fuel-pump
    08 December 2014

    Diesel price should drop 6p/litre says RAC

    Due to the continuing fall in world oil prices, the RAC is calling for a 6p/litre cut in the forecourt price of diesel…
    Keith Fields
  • drink-drive
    05 December 2014

    Scotland lowers drink-drive alcohol limit

    From 5 December 2014 anyone driving in Scotland will be subject to a lower drink-drive alcohol limit than the rest of the UK…
    Russell Brown
  • SMMT Logo
    04 December 2014

    2014 new van sales stay strong in November

    Registrations of new LCVs remain strong in November with a year-on-year rise of 17 per cent compared to 2013…
    Keith Fields
  • Isuzu Grafter
    03 December 2014

    Gap Group sets up Vehicle Hire Division

    Plant and tool hire specialist, the GAP Group, has announced it is moving into LCV rental big-time…
    Russell Brown
  • DRIVEit 2015
    25 November 2014

    DRIVEit 2015 dates and venue announced

    The UK’s only dedicated LCV exhibition and driving event will be taking place on 7 – 9 July at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground…
    Neil McIntee
  • ATS | Euro car Parts
    21 November 2014

    ATS secures Euro Car Parts tyre deal

    Motor factor giant Euro Car Parts has appointed ATS Euromaster to fit and maintain tyres across its vehicle fleet…
    Keith Fields
  • toll-booths
    18 November 2014

    Dartford Crossing pay booths set for removal

    As of 30 November 2014, users of the M25 Dartford Crossing will no longer be able to stop and pay…
    Keith Fields
  • partner-2014-swwater3
    17 November 2014

    SW Water cutting costs with Lightfoot

    South West Water has invested in Ashwoods’ Lightfoot in-cab driver efficiency system to help cut fuel consumption…
    Russell Brown
  • Jolly Good Van Hire
    10 November 2014

    Van rental firm helping at Wales Rally GB

    Jolly Good Van Hire is taking full advantage of the final round of the 2014 World Rally Championship, Wales Rally GB…
    Ian Kemp
  • ATS CV Show 2014
    07 November 2014

    CV Show 2015 celebration for ATS

    ATS Euromaster is going to celebrate its 50th anniversary in style at the 2015 Commercial Vehicle Show…
    Keith Fields
  • ATS CV Show 2014
    07 November 2014

    ATS marking 50th anniversary at CV Show 2015

    ATS Euromaster is going to marking its 50th anniversary in style at the 2015 Commercial Vehicle Show…
    Keith Fields
  • smmt-logo-keyline
    06 November 2014

    LCV sales hold strong during October 2014

    Registrations of new light commercials up to 3.5t continue to remain strong during October according to official figures…
    Neil McIntee
  • hubbard-2014-waitrose-300-key
    31 October 2014

    Waitrose chills-out with Hubbard system

    A Hubbard Products twin evaporator system is being used in the new waitrose.com tri-compartment home delivery vans…
    Russell Brown
  • m-way-spray
    20 October 2014

    New TyreSafe videos highlight aquaplaning

    With the British weather about to deteriorate TyreSafe has produced videos to highlight the dangers of low tread depth…
    Russell Brown
  • ATS Euromaster
    08 October 2014

    Heavy duty Daily extends ATS tyre service

    Converted to handle light earthmover and industrial tyres a 7.0t Iveco Daily has joined ATS Euromaster’s fleet…
    Russell Brown
  • smmt-logo-keyline
    06 October 2014

    New van sales remain strong in 2014

    A total of 49,123 registrations for new LCVs in September represent a year-on-year rise of 14.1 per cent compared to 2013…
    Keith Fields
  • Bevan Group Supertrucks
    03 October 2014

    Bevan Group scores glass frail type approval

    Following months of negotiation the Bevan Group has secured European Whole Vehicle Type Approval for Supertrucks glass frails…
    Russell Brown
  • LCV Tax Disc
    30 September 2014

    Paper vehicle tax disc becomes history

    As of 1 October 2014 the DVLA will no longer be issuing paper tax discs and there is no requirement to display one…
    Ian Kemp
  • Northgate Luton Van
    19 September 2014

    Northgate adds high payload Luton to rental fleet

    Northgate Vehicle Hire has supplemented its van rental fleet with chassis-cab based low-floor Luton conversions…
    Russell Brown
  • transit-club-2012-gaydon
    15 September 2014

    Direct Line provides van advice from Mr Transit

    Founder of the Transit Van Club Peter Lee’s wealth of experience has been put to good use by Direct Line for Business…
    Ian Kemp
  • burnt-tree-2014-blunham-dairy
    10 September 2014

    Refrigerental delivers for family-owned dairy

    Burnt Tree’s Refrigerental division has supplied eight temperature-controlled vans to Blunham Dairy…
    Russell Brown

 
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