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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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

New stock of the Volkswagen Amarok at Swiss Vans!

April 17th, 2014

New stock of the Volkswagen Amarok at Swiss Vans!

 

Volkswagen Amarok is VW’s first pick-up and a direct competitor for the ubuquitous Toyota Hilux. Built on a platform at the Pacheco factory in Buenos Aires, it’s destined for sale across South America, Austalia and New Zealand, as well as Europe.

 

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The Amarok gets a classy, aggressive interpretation of the VW grille, a six-speed gearbox, low-range transfer box, permanent four-wheel drive, locking centre and rear differentials, the latest direct-injection, twin-turbo 2.0-litre diesel unit, tuned for 161bhp and 295lb ft, and traction/stability control.

 

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The Amarok’s interior moves the class to the next level. Despite the low spec levels compared to VW’s road cars, the build quality is exceptionally good, with tough but well-textured surfaces and an excellent driving position. Car drivers would notice the unusual height of the seats and driving position, but otherwise everything falls under the fingers in exactly the way that it would in, say, a Golf.

 

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On the move, the Amarok combines excellent off-road abilities with solid, predictable car-like handling. The combination of a solid, leaf-spring rear axle, mechanical locks on the centre and rear diffs and traction control means that most extreme off-road situations require little more than pressing the accelerator and adjusting the wheel so that it goes in the correct direction.

 

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The Amarok does not ride over broken surfaces with the sophistication of the Freelander, but the ride is exceptionally good for a vehicle with a payload of 1150kg.  The steering is well weighted, though devoid of much feel, but provides enough feedback on what’s going on beneath the tyres to allow fluent, quick progress on the paved Patagonian highways and dirt tracks that made up the 170 mile test route.

 

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Enthusiastic drivers will find that the stability control intervenes earlier than you’d expect in high-speed corners, but the Amarok is naturally stable with it switched off, exhibiting nothing more than a mild, controllable yaw in all but the most provocative manoeuvres.

 

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if the proof of the pudding is in the eating, then the proof of a pick-up is in driving it for 100,000 miles over bumpy roads. That’s obviously not possible within the confines of a one-day test, but given VW’s reputation for build quality and reliability it’s safe to say that Toyota, Nissan and Mitsubishi should be concerned.