Friday 20 January 2017

What's new and what's due here

Brian Byrne

Published 23/11/2016 | 02:30

Nissan NV300
Nissan NV300

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.

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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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