Sunday 23 July 2017

What's new and what's due here

Nissan NV300
Nissan NV300

Brian Byrne

Vans don't change very often, and platforms change infrequently, but we've had a number of new ones in the past year and coming soon.

Citroen's Dispatch and sister vehicle Peugeot Expert recently arrived on new underpinnings and with substantially improved operator area comfort and finish.

Toyota's Proace is from the same gene pool, thanks to a co-production agreement.

Showing how such co-productions mix and match all over the place, the Opel Vivaro and Renault Trafic, both new in the last year, are assembly-line siblings. They're joined for 2017 by relatives Fiat Talento, and the Nissan NV300.

A new Crafter large van from Volkswagen is on its way, which will feature FWD, RWD and AWD versions.

And the company has shown a fully electric concept of this one, likely for production.

Also on e-van thinking, Mercedes-Benz recently showed a fully-electric concept Future Van, which also previews the next generation Sprinter.

Chinese-owned LDV has also shown its upcoming electric EV80, which will complement the V80 large van introduced here earlier this year. A G10 medium van is also coming soon from this maker.

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