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New panel vans for 2014

  • Show hosts global unveil of new panel vans including Vauxhall Vivaro and Renault Master
  • New commercial additions for UK market launched including from Fiat and Peugeot
  • Many will be on sale in early summer this year from franchised dealers

The audience at the UK’s 2014 Commercial Vehicle show was treated to a raft of new vehicle unveilings at Birmingham’s NEC.

Vauxhall provided the first look at its all-new Vauxhall Vivaro that will be available in different bodystyles, lengths and roof heights.

The Vivaro will come with two diesel engines, a 1.6-litre diesel and 1.6-litre twin-turbo diesel that is claimed to deliver up to 47mpg.

Buyers will also be able to choose from two variants the standard Vivaro (features black plastic bumpers and mouldings) and Sportive with colour matched bumpers and mouldings. For more information on the Vauxhall Vivaro click here.

Renault also revealed its new Trafic and its extensively updated Master van.
The Trafic majors on providing not just a more comfortable driving environment with lower running costs but also a mobile office.

The centre seat folds down to create a laptop desk, there are two cradles for smart phones and tablets plus 90 litres of storage space throughout the cabin including under the passenger seats. For more information on the Renault Trafic click here.

Renault’s largest panel van, the Master, will be available with twin-turbo diesel engines in a range of power outputs up to 165bhp.

The new engines promise better fuel consumption including a reduction of up to 7.3mpg on some versions.

It also boasts the new Renault design as well as new safety technologies such as hill start assist and enhanced grip.

Renault also announced a new Master version that is long but with single rear wheels rather than twin to maximise cargo area. The aim is to make the van appeal more to courier firms.

Citroen used the show to reveal to the public its new Relay. The French manufacturer has updated the Relay with new look thanks to revised bumpers, headlights and front grille. The aim is not just aesthetic though, but also to cut repair costs in the event of low-speed crump.

Every Relay will come with DAB radio and Bluetooth as standard plus the higher spec versions add air con, rear parking sensors, cruise control and a five-inch colour touch screen. For more information on the new Citroen Relay click here.

The Relay is Citroen’s version of the medium-sized panel van while Peugeot has its own take with its revised Boxer while Fiat has come out a much revised Ducato.

Both medium-sized panel vans have a re-worked front end to reflect the latest corporate designs, both are available in a range of styles plus varying lengths and roof heights.

In a celebration of recent tech, the Peugeot Boxer comes with Bluetooth and USB connections as standard (but not DAB radio) and is powered by a 2.2-litre diesel engine with a range of power outputs.

The new Fiat Ducato uses a 2.3-litre diesel engine that is claimed to deliver up to 44mpg and emit as little as 164g/km of CO2. The Ducato is front-wheel drive only and the manufacturer reckons it offers the best in class payload for a four-wheel van (as opposed to one with twin rear wheels) that is as high as 2.1 tonnes.

Look out for the Parkers reviews on all the new vans coming soon.