Nissan e-NV200 Electric Van

Coca-Cola take on Nissan’s electric dream Nissan is hoping its electric van sector will get a boost from the news that Coca-Cola is using the e-NV200 in Yokohama, Japan. The soft drinks giant isn’t the first company to try out the new e-NV200 in 2013, with firms such as British Gas and FedEx also putting the electric commercial vehicle through its paces. Coca-Cola is using the van primarily as a vehicle for its regional sales division and Nissan hopes that the feedback it receives will allow it to perfect the final edition of the van. The Japanese manufacturer will be particularly...

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Little Festive Cheer for Van Market

The festive season doesn’t appear to have brought any cheer for the beleaguered van market after the release of the November figures showed another slump. New van registrations in November continued on a downward trend with dealers suffering a 16.6% fall. The overall van market slump in 2012 is almost 8%, confirming the gloomy outlook the commercial vehicle market experiencing. Despite a brief rally in the middle of this year, the van market resumed the downward trend in experienced in the first three months of 2012. This year’s fall follows a steady growth in sales since 2009, but it...

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Increased Risks Facing Drivers

Be Aware & Stay Safe No matter you drive your vehicle for, there are any number of risks associated with it. Some will have to contend with greater risks than others, particularly if they are using their vehcle to transport valuable goods or even cash. An incident in Belfast last week was a stark reminder of the perils van drivers can face and the necessity of having a reliable van insurance policy in place. According to a BBC report, a man robbed a cash-in-transit van at knifepoint in the city on Saturday. He made off with a substantial sum of money, which was later recovered.  However,...

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Commercial Vehicle Sales Fall In October

No Winter Warmer For Vehicle Sales Despite the recent Indian summer, the van sales market has cooled with the onset of autumn, with a bleak outlook for the remaining months of the year. A one per cent rise in September fuel cautious optimism, but the news that  dealerships are reporting a slump in figures for October suggests those late summer figures were the exception, rather than the start of a recovery. October saw a drop of 8.2 per cent in new van registrations. This equates to under 18,000 commercial vehicles rolling out of showrooms.  The autumn slump reflects an overall downtrend in...

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Freight Transport Association Course

FTA Courses Aim to Increase Driver Standards When it comes to driving, you can never know too much. Okay, so all van drivers will know someone who thinks they ‘know it all’, but it does no harm to brush up your knowledge or even gain a recognised certificate to help you on your way in the industry. That’s why the Freight Transport Association (FTA) is now offering two new training courses. They are designed to bring van operators into line with their own Van Excellence code, which itself was put together following lengthy consultation with the top van fleets in the UK. The two new...

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Get Your Commercial Vehicle Ready for Winter

Van Drivers Winter Driving Tips Well, what little of Summer we had is now over and the winter months will be with us sooner than we’d all like. We all hate getting out of bed and venturing outside during the winter months. However, the cold and icy conditions are just as tough on our vans as they are on us. Temperatures seem to be dropping daily at the moment and are forecast to continue on the downward trend over the next few weeks. Its always a good idea to be prepared for winter and we’re here at VanInsured.co.uk to help you with our guide on how to get your commercial vehicle...

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