In terms of long-distance transport and support for small traders and businesses, the van is king – big enough to fit an array of needs from cargo transportation to providing support for tradespeople working in the field, but small enough to fit through the tightest of inner-city streets and easily driven. It’s no wonder that we see so many vans on the roads, used by business people in all walks of life – in fact, the AA estimated that commercial van owners contribute over £35 billion to the UK economy!
Vans come in all shapes and sizes. Removals business like the Yellow Van Company, based in London, will use a variety of vans to fit the needs of their customers – click here to see what they can offer.
Minivan: The DFSK Loadhopper
With a wheelbase scarcely bigger than a small car, but with an impressive carrying capability that belies their small size, minivans are ideal as an economical but capable runabout for small businesses. Swindon-based DFSK UK have reintroduced the minivan for the 2010s with the Loadhopper series. The Loadhopper van offers an environmentally conscious 38 mpg for the 1.0L model, but lets you pack in a whopping 548 kg of cargo across three cubic metres of space – ideally sized for a standard Euro pallet.
Design Classic: The Ford Transit
The venerable Transit needs no introduction, with over seven million Transit vans produced worldwide. The latest Transit – the sixth redesign since its introduction in 1965 – is the most technologically advanced model yet, with an array of green features including Smart Regenerative Charging – a system that saves power by only charging the battery when necessary – and an optional automatic start-stop system which saves fuel – and money – when waiting at lights or unloading with the engine running. It’s available in a variety of bodystyles to suit your needs, from short wheelbase models for increased manoeuvrability to the top of the line Jumbo Double Cab-in-Van, with a maximum payload of 2,238 kg and three extra seats.
European Efficiency: The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
Available in a stunning 240 different combinations, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter comes with all the efficiency and reliability you’d expect from the German manufacturer. They offer a unique BlueEfficiency package, including a start-stop function and reduced CO2 emissions from the four-cylinder diesel engine. The choice of three wheelbases, four body lengths and three different heights lets you tailor your choice of vehicle to your business’s needs.
And Mercedes haven’t stopped innovating: the upcoming 2014 Sprinter offers a range of smart driving assists, including technology to deal with crosswinds, optional collision prevention, and more energy-efficient LED turn signals.