Peugeot Expert and Citroen Dispatch unveiled

The new generation Peugeot Expert debuted at the recent Birmingham CV Show.

On a new modular platform, the vehicle will come with a range of 1.6 diesel power options, 95-115hp, as well as 2.0 diesel up to 180hp.

Three different body lengths will be available, from 4.6-5.3m, and maximum payload will be 1400kg.

Alongside a series of safety and communication technologies to be available, there will be an option ‘Top Rear Vision’ camera which zooms to provide a 180-degree view from above, offering a more accurate view of the distance remaining to any obstacle while reversing.

More details and Irish pricing will be announced closer to the launch here.

Also, the ‘twin’ of the Peugeot, Citroen’s new Dispatch had its global reveal at the same event.

The new van will be available in van, combi and crew van versions, with three lengths.

Options are hands-free sliding doors and a colour head-up display, as well as a number of Citroen’s passenger car safety technologies and the Mirror Link connectivity.

The new Dispatch offers up to 1,400kg of payload, 6.6m3 of capacity. Towing capability is up to 2,500kg.

Power options are 1.6 and 2.0 diesels, offering 95-180hp output.

The van is built on a new to the model modular platform with a reinforced structure for CV use.

In the Pickup segment, Fiat will launch its Fullback Pickup in June, putting itself into a competitive but profitable segment of the market.

The vehicle is produced in association with Mitsubishi, and is essentially an L200 with different badging.

Power will be from a 2.4 diesel in either 150hp or 180hp power outputs, and an automatic will be available.

The Fullback will be in two formats, single and double cabs, with a maximum bed length of 1.52m.

Towing capacity will be 3.1 tonnes and the vehicle will have a 1-tonne plus payload.

Irish arrival and prices have not yet been revealed.

Meanwhile, Volkswagen truck unit MAN is nearly tripling the size of its digital division to add self-driving technology and make freight loading more efficient, seeking new sources of income as big rigs are increasingly linked via the Internet.

The technology team will increase to about 120 people by the end of the year from 45 currently, MAN chief executive Joachim Drees said.

Volkswagen said last month its MAN and Scania commercial vehicle units will spend a combined mid-three-digit million-euro amount in the next five years on connectivity to keep pace with similar efforts at Daimler AG, the biggest truckmaker.

“We’re aiming to broaden our business beyond the sale of new trucks,” Drees said, adding the company wants to help its customers “cope with the rapidly changing ecosystem of transport”.

Connecting trucks online to provide real-time data is essential for logistics, Wolfgang Bernhard, head of Daimler’s trucks unit, said last month. Daimler is investing €500m through 2020 in the technology.

Truckmakers say they need to offer brand-specific services such as monitoring engine performance alongside platforms open to all brands since fleet operators rarely use one type of truck only.

MAN’s push includes building a platform to share information about spare capacity in a specific truck, potentially boosting goods-transport efficiency by a quarter. Currently about half of freight capacity isn’t fully used, the company said. Connecting trucks will also help manufacturers move toward autonomous driving, allowing vehicles to link to one another to move in a closely spaced platoon, saving fuel and road space.


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