I WAS a bit shaken about a launch this week of a new Ford Transit Custom.
It is a workhorse for people who do an honest day’s graft. Early risers and late-night deliverers.
Me, we usually write about cars on a laptop.
Today’s Transit is so many some-more than a apparatus strew on wheels. If we were led blindfolded to a cabin, we could simply consider we were during a circle of a mid-market SUV.
That is high praise. The cabin is a broad, yawning landscape of well-spoken cosmetic and high-gloss trim in all a right places.
The 8in infotainment shade from a new Fiesta and Focus is honour of place atop the console.
The seats are plush and deep, while a interior now boasts 25 litres of storage space, including bins large adequate for A4-size clipboards, tablets and two-litre bottles, and mixed USB ports. It is a mobile bureau as good as a mobile building site.
The Transit Custom can float 1,450kg of rigging in a back. Choose from dual roof heights and wheelbase lengths.
It is still a correct work outpost — usually no longer a one-trick pony. If we opt for a double cab version, we have a family automobile that sits 5 people as good as your business vehicle.
Of course, a back seats are usually as useful for lugging around dopey apprentices.
If we are meditative of shopping one as a car-come-work vehicle, we frequency need tell we it will be some-more severe to park during Asda than a Renault Clio. But we are helped by a raft of tech.
The Cross Traffic Alert could save we cash and lives.
Reversing, sensors detect anything entrance down a road, including motorcyclists. It’s as accessible on a building site as it is on a driveway.
Three energy outputs of a Dagenham-built two-litre diesel engine support for each need.
If we opt for a range-topping 170PS version, we will find it surprisingly lively.
Ford has got absolved of a 2.2- litre diesel from a final era and fuel expenditure has softened by 13 per cent.
Ford shifted 84,000 Transit Customs final year.
If a Transit was a code on a own, it would be a eighth biggest-selling in Britain.
And interjection to a updates for a 2018 model, a interest has usually increased — even if we are usually transporting a laptop or two.
IF we wish to get adult tighten to a new Ford Transit – and all else in a approach of vans and trucks – make your approach to a Commercial Vehicle Show.
It runs from Tuesday to Thursday during Birmingham’s NEC Centre and is awaiting some-more than 20,000 visitors again this year.
As good as marketplace personality Ford, VW will be there with a Crafter, Caddy and Transporter, and its all-electric eCrafter.
VW is a second-most renouned outpost code in Britain, and will be compelling Hug A Plumber day, that is on Wednesday.
Other names attending embody SsangYong, Toyota, Citroen, Isuzu, Fiat, LDV, MAN, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Peugeot and Iveco.
Renault is introducing a Renault Master ZE, a second electric outpost in a line-up, accessible late 2019.
There will also be a possibility to check out hundreds of outpost alteration companies, bodykit builders and aftermarket suppliers, and a “cool zone” for those who need refrigerated transport.
Show executive Rob Skelton said: “We have pivotal manufacturers charity British business some of a best vans and light trucks in a world.
“We also have UK-based converters and specialists who are means to renovate those vehicles into bespoke products that are built for really specific purposes, formulating jobs and providing critical income to a UK economy.”
Prices on a arise for used diesels
DIESEL isn’t passed nonetheless – according to a latest total from Auto Trader.
The car-selling website has detected a normal cost of a used diesel automobile increasing in Mar by 3 per cent, year-on-year. That’s a top rate of expansion given May 2015.
The normal cost of a used diesel automobile with Auto Trader was £14,453 in March, a £53 month-on-month boost and £905 arise from a same time final year.
But registrations for new diesels continue to plummet. Go figure.
Average used automobile prices are also adult in general, rising 6 per cent from this time final year.
If we are disturbed about offloading your aged diesel, now competence be a time to do it.
THANKS to Steve King for this design of his stately 1968 Vauxhall Victor 2000. Steve, from Tyne and Wear, says: “My FD array is 50 this year and has a small 39,000 miles on a clock.
“It was parked adult in 1973 and detected again in 2005. we have lustful memories of one my father owned in a late Seventies.”
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Volvo’s XC-ellent news
VOLVO is celebrating – given no one has died in an XC90.
On a face of it that sounds like a grave thing to mark. But when we consider about it, that is utterly an achievement.
The XC90 has sole 70,000 in a UK to date.
According to information collected by a Government given 2004, a indication has had no fatalities in car-to-car crashes.
Volvo puts that down, in part, to a introduction of involuntary emergency braking and highway run-off assist, that tightens a chair belts if a automobile detects it has left a road.
It is positively loyal Volvo is a colonize of reserve tech and a stats will keep persuading relatives to go Swedish when deliberation a family motor.
Strike it mucky
THE beauty of motorbiking is that there’s always something some-more we can learn.
You could spend a rest of your life apropos a improved supplement if we deposit in a right training.
Most highway users learn to expostulate a automobile out of necessity. It’s a means of float and not many else. But motorbikes are all about mastering a ability and a self- certainty that comes with it.
One of a many severe things a biker can do is leave a tarmac and float off-road.
Think about it. A motorbike is constantly perplexing to tumble over anyway – it would disintegrate over but we sitting on it.
On well-spoken road, being a good biker is a ability in itself. But suppose seeking that same two-wheeled appurtenance to sojourn honest over bogs, sand and rocks.
The thought of that seemed daunting, even to an gifted biker like myself. But this week we detected training to float off- highway is usually a matter of removing a right instruction.
British code Triumph has prolonged specialised in go-anywhere motorbikes. Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman mounted Triumph Tigers to journey opposite a universe in Long Way Round and Long Way Down.
This month it non-stop an off-road propagandize to move a universe of route roving to all.
For a few hundred quid we can spend an whole day slicing around a Brecon Beacons on a Triumph we don’t possess or have to purify during a finish of a day. No traffic. Just you, a bike and unconstrained mud.
The pivotal to this school’s luminosity is a staff. They are led by by four-time Dakar Rally finisher Nick Plumb and all-round off-roading ninja Matt Reed, who make certain it’s an ego-free zone.
Too mostly I’ve seen biking instructors dominate beginners or make them feel ridiculous for not being as a good a supplement as they are. There is nothing of that here.
These guys work out what we are able of – whether we are a beginner (like me) or an enduro roving God looking to whet up – and tailor a day to move on your skills.
It is one of a many beguiling days I’ve ever had. we can guarantee we this: If we pointer up, even for an introduction session, we will be a improved biker by a finish of a day. It is that good.
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