LCV Manufacturer of the Year
This award recognises the efforts made by manufacturers to reduce CO₂ and increase fuel economy in the Light Commercial Vehicle Sector
Renault’s LCV market share for the first half of 2016 was up one percentage point on the same period in 2015. That itself was a record, but a particular success story was sales of the Trafic van, which has proved as popular as ever with business users across the UK with 8,722 of the third generation model being sold in the first half of 2016 – almost 40 per cent up on the last year.
Halfway through this year, sales of Mitsubishi’s light commercial offerings were showing an increase, with the Outlander PHEV standing as the Britain’s best selling plug-in hybrid, having sold over 25,000 units in the UK since 2014. Additionally, this year Mitsubishi unveiled the fifth generation of its L200 pickup truck, which features best in class load capacity of 4090kg, is capable of over 700 miles on a single tank and can tow another three tonnes behind it. Fuel economy is measured at 42.8mpg, with emissions starting from 169g/km.
Peugeot’s second quarter reported excellent sales of the Partner, and with the 47-model all-new Expert LCV range becoming available in June, end of year figures should look strong. The new Expert brings innovative features such as hands-free sliding side doors, Active Safety Brakes, rear-view camera and VisioPark. The Boxer is now available with a range of 2.0-litre BlueHDi diesel engines.
After being completely refreshed in the last two years, Fiat Professional’s latest range is capable of responding to all professional needs by covering 97 per cent of the market. The new Ducato is equipped with a Euro-6 engine and is now available with a nine-passenger people mover that represents an important step taken towards the minibus segment.
With the addition of the new NV300, Nissan has one of the widest commercial vehicle ranges on the market. As the eagerly anticipated replacement for the Primastar, the NV300 sits between NV200/e-NV200 and NV400 and has been designed to provide business users with a versatile ‘mobile office’ environment. For bespoke needs, the floor cab provides a suitable base for conversions. A range of efficient technologies combine to present an impressive mid sized option.
LDV has returned to the UK with the EV80, an all-electric van that promises a 215-mile range, combined with city-friendly zero local emissions. It packs a 75 kWh lithium-ion phosphate battery and comes in a choice of short and long wheelbase panel van configurations and a custom-built chassis cab option. China’s first all-electric van made its debut at the Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham.
2015 has seen this year’s winner prove that LCV operators now have a credible option that can stand-up to the day-to-day demands placed upon a working van, and at the same time put a massive tick in the environmental box. By using proven technology taken from the world’s best-selling electric car.