Saturday 7 December 2019

Ford, VW unveil new vans as commercial sales rise

Van sales are up 36pc.
Van sales are up 36pc.
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Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

FORD and Volkswagen have picked a good time to 'launch' new vans with commercial sales increasing significantly.

The 'rebounding' commercial is significantly outpacing car-market growth with van sales up 36pc (28pc cars).

Volkswagen's Trendline van is based on the 3dr version of the car we know so well.

It has a 1.6-litre 90bhp diesel TDI engine and a load capacity of 1,310 litres.

Aimed at small business users, it has standard equipment that includes 5ins touchscreen climatic air con and a multi-function display. It costs €16,280 excluding VAT and annual road tax is €333.

Ford rolled out their line-up now the Transit Courier has arrived. According to Ford Ireland chief Eddie Murphy, that level of sales should continue because "buyers who have put off renewing or upgrading their vehicles are increasingly coming back to the market".

His company has the Transit Courier (max payload 660kg), Connect (1,004kg), Custom (1,507kg) and Transit (2,281kg).

Courier, its first small Transit, has Base and Trend trims and a 1.6-litre 95bhp diesel and a 1.5-litre 75bhp. Prices start from €13,990 (incl VAT).

The Connect has the 1.6-litre diesel (75bhp, 95bhp and 115bhp).

It has a flexible dual front passenger seat that can carry up to three and a Double-Cab-in-Van version which can carry six. Base and Trend series/trim. Prices start from €15,700 including VAT.

The Custom is the most popular model in the range and has a 2.2-litre diesel (100, 125 and 155bhp).

Also in both Base and Trend series, it costs from €22,650 including VAT.

The Transit itself has a 2.2-litre (100bhp, 125bhp, 155bhp) diesel with Auto-Start-Stop and a 6spd manual gearbox.

Also in Base and Trend series, it costs from €25,300 including VAT.

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