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WWW.HPMMAG.COM Got a story? Ring us on 01732 748041 or e-mail twood@unity-media.com BUSINESSVANS New vans, sight tests and diluted fuel HPM’s Alex Willis reports on the main issues in this month’s vans round up... With its practical 1.0cu m load space, Ford’s latest Fiesta van offers businesses an adaptable vehicle with Fiesta driver appeal. The van’s load length of 1.3m and gross payload ranging from 485-508kg means space for bulkier items while the load compartment itself features a secure steel bulkhead and four cargo tie-down hooks plus a tough rubber floor mat and durable sidewall trim. Fiesta van’s powertrain choice includes the new 75PS 1.5-litre Duratorq TDCi and 95PS 1.6-litre Duratorq TDCi engines and the 82PS 1.25-litre Duratec petrol units. Both diesel engines achieve sub-100g/km carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and 76mpg or better. The Fiesta ECOnetic van with the 95PS 1.6-litre diesel comes with standard Auto-Start-Stop, lowered suspension, aerodynamic rear under-tray and wheel trims, and low rolling resistance tyres. It delivers 87g/km and 85mpg. A package of Ford driver assistance and safety features includes a number of technologies. Ford MyKey allows businesses to encourage safer driving and limit the driver’s exposure to risk at the wheel as well as providing fleets with ownership information. Following on from the new Ford Transit Custom, the Fiesta van also offers the in-car connectivity system, Ford SYNC. Ford SYNC with emergency assistance directly connects the vehicle occupants to local emergency services operators after an accident, in the correct language for the relevant country. MPG: THE REALITY? Owners may wonder why they cannot achieve the low fuel consumption figures claimed by manufacturers. The answers lie in a report from the Transport & Environment (T&E) campaign group. It suggests the official fuel consumption figures are on average 25% lower than that achieved in reality and in some cases 50% lower. Greg Archer, clean vehicles manager at T&E, said: “This new evidence shows that car makers in Europe are cheating their own customers by manipulating official tests which leads to thousands of euros of additional fuel costs. They are also cheating legislators as EU laws intended to reduce CO2 emissions from cars and vans are only being met in the laboratory, but not on the road.” SIGHT THREAT Since February the police has had enhanced powers to take immediate action against any motorist who fails a roadside eye test. If unable to read a licence plate at a distance of 20m a driver will now have his/her driving licence Ford’s latest Fiesta van (above) and the new Citan from Mercedes-Benz (below) stripped within a matter of hours. Previously, motorists whose eyesight was found to be defective were able to continue driving for several days until their licence was officially revoked through the post by the DVLA. However, officers can now e-mail their request to have a licence stripped straight to the DVLA from the roadside using a smartphone or other hand-held device. The DVLA can then e-mail back a formal revocation notice to the nearest police station which can be printed out and delivered to the offending driver that same day. M-B’S SMALLEST Marking Mercedes-Benz’ entry into the small van market, the Citan is packed with clever features, an efficient diesel engine in three power outputs and a choice of three wheelbases. It’s backed up by competitive finance packages allowing customers to run the new compact van for as little as £6.95/day - the equivalent of two bacon rolls. Capable of carrying loads of up to 735kg, the Citan is available in three lengths (compact, long and extra long) with load volumes of up to 2.4, 3.1 and 3.8cu m respectively. With a number of option packages available the new Citan can be fine-tuned to the individual customer’s requirements. Available to order now, prices for the Citan start from as little as £13,095 for the 108 CDI Compact. Alternatively, the 109 CDI Compact Trade Edition can be purchased for £6.95/day, or £48.75/week, following a one-off payment deposit of £585 based on a fixed-term finance offer. Purchased outright, the 109 CDI Compact Trade Edition can be ordered for £13,645. Contract hire customers also benefit from competitive rates. FORD’S TRANSIT24 Ford has launched Transit24, a service level which aims to minimise vehicle downtime and reduce whole life costs for Ford customers. More than 90 of Ford's 200+ commercial vehicle authorised repair network will be identified as ‘Transit24 Dealers’ to provide priority treatment for all urgent work and aim to complete vehicle off-the-road repairs on the same working day, or within 24 hours. They will offer while-you-wait servicing to suit the customer, including late night appointments at least once a week, and will respond to online service booking requests within 20 minutes. DILUTING FUEL Following an EU Directive, British suppliers must dilute petrol with environmentally-friendly alternatives. However, a study funded by Olleco, a business which collects and refines waste cooking oil to be used as biodiesel, reveals new ‘green’ petrol could drive up prices and damage older vehicles. The high ethanol content E10 petrol is being introduced to cut the use of fossil fuels and reduce greenhouse gases. HEALTHY DRIVERS Nissan surveyed 250 van drivers to reveal more about their lives on the road and what makes them tick. The research says they are health conscious, hardworking and loyal individuals. They feel better when driving a clean vehicle, their favourite radio station is Radio 2 and a packed lunch is their food of choice. More than one third of respondents are over 45 years of age, reinforcing the belief that companies will have to start recruiting young blood to replace an ageing workforce. HIGH ROOF FIAT The combination of a long wheelbase and high roof provides Fiat Professional’s Doblò XL with a load volume of 5.0cu m and a payload of 1,000kg. XL Cargo versions are powered by a choice of three Euro 5 turbo-diesel engines while the model’s relatively unusual Bi-Link rear suspension is said to ensure a smooth ride, lower loading height and greater width between wheel arches. 26 APRIL 2013 HEATING & PLUMBING MONTHLY


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