Volkswagen Crafter

April 24th, 2014

Volkswagen Crafter is packing a punch! New stock in – Swiss Vans

 

The Volkswagen Crafter van is built alongside the Mercedes Sprinter, but the two vans are very different, with all VW’s powered by the firm’s own 2.0-litre TDI engines.

 

 

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BlueMotion Technology models offer excellent economy and emission levels. The Volkswagen Crafter panel van is offered in three wheelbases with four body lengths and three roof heights, providing a wide range of load volumes and payloads.

 

 

volkswagen crafter

 

Also available in window van, single and double-chassis cab, dropside and tipper, the Volkswagen Crafter is rated at 3,000kg, 3,500kg and 5,000kg GVW, making it ideal for conversions as well as for heavy-load carrying.

 

 

volkswagen crafter

 

In many cases, the Volkswagen Crafter is a better van than the Mercedes Sprinter, with which it shares a chassis and body structure.

 

volkswagen crafter

 

The Volkswagen Crafter is powered by a range of 2.0-litre TDI engines, which, though smaller in capacity than Mercedes’ 2.1-litre and 3.0-litre engines, or the 2.3-litre engines used in the Renault Master, offer plenty of power and torque.

 

 

volkswagen crafter

 

The bi-turbo 163bhp engine, in particular ,delivers a very healthy 400Nm of torque, which is more than enough for rapid acceleration in all but the 5,000kg GVW models, and delivers easy cruising at motorway speeds. All Volkswagen Crafter vans use a six-speed manual gearbox driving the rear wheels.

 

 

volkswagen crafter

 

There’s no automatic or DSG option available, unlike the Sprinter’s automatic transmission or the Comfort-Matic automated gearbox in the Fiat Ducato. The Volkswagen Crafter offers assured handling and strong brakes, and the high driving position provides a good view of the road ahead.

 

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If you can put up with using AdBlue however, don’t tow a really big trailer and you’re not frightened by the Volkswagen Crafter’s aggressive looks, then stick the big Volkswagen on your shopping list. We doubt you’ll be disappointed.

 

Photo credits to Autoexpress

Vauxhall Vivaro stock just in! Beat the demand and order today! – Swiss Vans

April 23rd, 2014

Vauxhall Vivaro stock  just in! Beat the demand and order today! – Swiss Vans

The Vauxhall Vivaro is a great medium sized van and the Sportive versions, normally available in Silver and Black give a sporty looking van for a very competitive price.
Vivaro has a choice of two 2.0-litre and a 2.5-litre Euro 4 common rail turbodiesel engines. The two smaller capacity units replaced the previous 1.9-litre powerplants in 2006. They produce 90hp and 115hp, and develop peak torque of 240Nm and 290Nm.

 

vauxhall vivaro

 

The Vauxhall Vivaro 2.5-litre is an uprated version of the previous engine, reworked to meet the Euro 4 emission regulations and capable of producing 150hp at 3,500rpm and developing 317Nm of peak torque at 1,600rpm.
These new diesels are smooth in their power delivery, have a wide spread of torque and are relatively vibrationfree.

 

vauxhall vivaro

 

The Vauxhall Vivaro are all mated to a six-speed manual gearbox with a dash-mounted gearstick. Handling and ride are well up to par compared to the competition, as are the brakes. Discs are employed in all four corners and ABS is a standard feature. Vivaro is remarkably manoeuvrable, and is available in SWB and LWB version

 

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Reliability is a strong point for the Vauxhall Vivaro, and many owners have covered high mileages without reporting any major problems. If buying second-hand, check for kerbing damage to the wheels and the condition of the tyres, and also make sure the steering is correctly aligned. Some drivers have encountered problems with the Tecshift automated transmission.

 

vauxhall vivaro

This is the same basic set-up as the standard manual box, but with an automated gearchange and clutch mechanism, and it seems that the actuator system and electronic control unit can throw up issues with gear selection.

vauxhall vivaro

 

Carl Williams of VanReviews

“Can’t recommend enough. Cheap to run. Reliable and economical.
A basic van but how many out there have had over 400k out of theirs? No major problems new transmission at 300K. All in all a great buy . Just going to buy the same again when this one eventually dies. Still running very well at the time of this review”

Competitive prices on the Volkswagen Caddy Trendline – Swiss Vans

April 22nd, 2014

Competitive prices on the Volkswagen Caddy Trendline – Swiss Vans

 

 

The Caddy Trendline offers a high spec vehicle without compromising on price. Cruise control, parking sensors, electric windows and mirrors and colour coded bumpers and mirrors are just some of the extras the Trendline offers. Even better, the extras are heavily discounted!

 

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The Caddy Trendline isn’t all about speed and dynamics, though. Its braked trailer capacity of up to 1,500kg is rare feat in this sector, but then it is quite a substantial thing, with gross vehicle weights ranging between 2,175kg and 2,350kg, significantly heavier than any direct competitor. Many vans of this size don’t even break the 2,000kg barrier.

 

 

 

caddy trendline

 

 

It isn’t unknown, of course, for vans to be granted a cosmetic spruce up to soften what is necessarily a rather austere, utilitarian design code. In the case of the Match, the Caddy Trendline’s neat mundanity is subtly lifted by body-colour bumpers and door mirrors and special wheel trims which is hardly going overboard but is surprisingly effective.

 

caddy trendline

 

Safety features include daytime running lights and ESP stability control plus a driver’s airbag and the usual electronic braking and traction aids. A shame, then, the Caddy Trendline didn’t include the still optional passenger airbag in the Match spec.

It’s not the largest compact LCV you can buy but if a big carrying capacity is a must, the Caddy Trendline combines ample space with the ability to cope with heavier loads than pretty much anything this side of a Ford Transit. What shines through in the end, though, is the Caddy Trendline’s quality and, with a few extra luxuries thrown in, that appeal is stronger still.

 

caddy trendline

 

 

 

Already one of the most impressive contenders in the compact LCV sector, the Volkswagen Caddy Trendline has carved out an enviable reputation for delivering the goods in more ways than one, most recently adding class-leading efficiency and running costs to a CV that includes smart design, fine build, quality engineering and rewarding driving characteristics. The Match aims to sharpen its appeal further with bundled options and enhanced cosmetics at a price that’s hard to ignore