Combining a large load capacity with MPV practicality and car-like comfort, performance and handling, the new Fiat Scudo LCV is now available for sale from various dealers.
New Scudo is available in 18 versions from launch, priced from £15,884 – £22,688 on-the-road. The new Scudo range encompasses Panel Vans, Platform Cabs as a basis for conversion, and two Commercial Passenger Vehicle variants, the 5/6 or 8/9 seat Combi and the 5/6 seat Panorama Family. The latter can also be requested with a third row seating option. New Scudo features larger dimensions to the length, height and width of a load compartment now offering a maximum volume of 7 m3 and a payload of up to 1200 kg. The new Platform Cab range offers an increased, driver inclusive payload of up to 3000 kg.Significantly, in addition to a best-in-class load threshold height of just 490 mm, the overall height of Standard Roof versions equipped with Fiat’s innovative pneumatic suspension may be lowered to just 1.9 metres, giving Scudo access to underground and multi-storey car parks normally inaccessible to LCVs of this class.
Ford’s ECOnetic low CO2 technology is coming to the Ford Transit. On sale later this year, the new Transit ECOnetic is based on the front-wheel drive Transit 280 panel van with short wheelbase and 2.2-litre 115PS Duratorq TDCi engine. Target fuel economy is 39.2mpg, while average CO2 emissions are a best in class 189 g/km.
The Transit ECOnetic features the Durashift six-speed manual transmission (VMT-6). This offers a wider range of available gear ratios over the prior Durashift five-speed transmission, allowing better fuel economy at all speeds, while the power and torque upgrade offers rewarding performance on demand. The ‘shorter’ gearing in first gear allows for improved pull-away performance, while the ‘longer’ gearing in top provides improved highway fuel economy (around 10 per cent better compared with the combined NEDC figures), with reduced engine revs for a range of speeds and loads for the standard Transit configuration.
Detail engineering for the Transit ECOnetic included reducing the availability of the heaviest options such as a second sliding door. However, all standard and optional safety and comfort features are available.
The latest Relay brings the operational and cost saving benefits of improved productivity, greater model choice, attractive pricing and premium residual values, as well as lower ABI insurance groupings and extended, up-to-25,000 mile service intervals. In addition, it takes Citroen into the 4.0 tonne gvw sector for the very first time.
Innovative design and premium engineering have enabled Citroen to offer a versatile range of new Relays that are longer, lower, bigger and better equipped than their major competitors. They are also easier to buy thanks to interest free finance, while the wide choice of over 70 models means there is a model for virtually all operational requirements in the up to 4.05 tonne gvw sector.
The new Relay range includes panel vans, window vans, combis, chassis cabs, chassis crew cabs and chassis scuttles. All models are covered by Citroen’s unique, flexible two year unlimited mileage/three year 100,000 mile warranty package, which underlines the range’s premium quality credentials.Citroen has paid particular attention to ensuring that the driver and crew of new Relay have a safer, more comfortable and practical working environment. As such, new Relay incorporates key safety features such as ABS and EBA as standard, together with the option of ESP with traction control and a Hill Start Assist function.
Variable power assisted steering is standard on most models and, recognising that a van’s day to day operation now takes places in ever more congested surroundings, new Relay has a significantly tighter turning circle than much of its competition. New Relay is designed to go further without maintenance, achieve even higher standards of fuel economy, provide the driver/crew with a comfortable and practical working environment and retain an unprecedented level of residual value.