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Why a Citroen Nemo May be The Perfect Van for You

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If you require a compact yet surprisingly versatile small van, then the Citroen Nemo should be high on your list. Boasting twin sliding doors, a flexible interior which offers a larger payload than you’d expect, and economical petrol and diesel engines, the Nemo is ideal for anyone seeking a nippy city van or delivery option.

The Nemo will take a standard Euro pallet comfortably, and hence can be used for larger deliveries than just parcels. A choice of 1.3 diesel or 1.4 petrol engines, some offering stop-start technology, will return fuel economy of up to 60 miles per gallon, though economy topping 50 mpg is more attainable under standard driving conditions – the diesel engines are also surprisingly green, with CO2 emissions as low as 109 g/km for the stop-start version.

Practicality ranks highly among the Nemo’s features. The twin rear doors open to 180 degrees, and there’s also a nearside sliding door on some models. All of the vans feature Citroen’s “Extenso” folding passenger seat, which increases load length from the standard 1,523 mm to a much more extensive 2,491 mm, easily topping other vans in the class. A choice of different bulkheads is available, while unglazed rear doors provide enhanced security. The van is certainly a more sizeable option than rivals such as the Vauxhall Corsavan or the Ford Fiestavan.

Although the suspension can feel stiff, the Nemo’s ride is pretty smooth, and the punchy engines handle motorway driving easily. There’s good visibility from the driving seat, which is located closer to the centre of the van than usual, and the cabin feels surprisingly spacious. There’s plenty of storage space and the large glovebox is extremely useful. The van is based on the Fiat Punto, and drives much better than many vans of similar size and specification. Overall, it’s a great option for those seeking a frugal, versatile and compact van.

Citroen Relay voted ‘Best Heavy Panel Van’

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There is no quick way to design a heavyweight van that is 100 per cent perfect, and suits the requirements of everyone that buy it. Vans need to be reliable mechanically, and tough enough to cope with the variety of jobs that they are called on to do. At the same time, as an owner you will naturally want good fuel economy, a safe ride and have the sort of comfort that you probably would not have expected even from your family car ten years ago.

If you want to know if such a van exists, then the answer has to be a definite yes, as the Citroen Relay has all of these qualities and more. To win the award of Best Heavy Panel Van, you obviously need to be the best, and with the Relay it is safe to say the French company Citroen have come up with a winning formula.

Raising the standard for the rest to follow, the Relay went through more of an evolutionary facelift rather than something revolutionary in 2014. The 35 L3H2 HDI 130 now has a six-speed manual transmission, giving first-class performance, and adding to a rather distinctive mix of load carrying practicality.

The Relay offers the highest payload in its class. This is 1,525 kg, which is way ahead of its closest rival. The load compartment is also set out to deliver the maximum space and ease of loading and unloading.

As you would expect in today’s technological age, this van comes with a shed load of gadgets. These include air conditioning, sensors for parking, Bluetooth hands-free, sat nav, remote central locking, cruise control and touchscreen audio software.

It’s fuel efficient too, at 38.2mpg, and comes with state-of-the-art intelligent tracking control and underbody protection.

As well as offering standard panel vans, Citroen has new models for specialist purposes, which is an excellent idea. Included in the range, you have Luton vans, dropsides and tippers. These a quality conversion models that come with a full company warranty that covers the conversion job, and the chassis.

The Citroen Relay is a shining example of what to expect when a vehicle manufacturer gets everything right.

The Advantages of Owning a Citroen Dispatch

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Citroen’s Dispatch has become one of the most popular vans in UK with its diesel and petrol engines. This model offers a potential 40 per cent savings in fuel costs which is one of its biggest advantages. The Citroen Dispatch comes with 2.0 litre 16-valve unit and has a powerful engine with a torque rating of 180. Citroen’s diesel engines are amongst the best on the market and produce less emission than the petrol engines.

The stylish Dispatch van has an appealing chrome-finish grille that reaches up to the headlamps. This model looks robust and dynamic, with clean fluid styling and wide rubbing strips that protect the car in case of accidents. If you want something different from a van, the body size and style of the Dispatch is ideal for you. This van has a carrying capacity of up to 1000 kilograms and comes with a powerful pneumatic suspension that is ideal for city car parks.

The cabin of a Dispatch is quite roomy for its size and there are 3 seat configuration settings that make them comfortable, especially in long drives. This is perhaps due to the wide gap between the driver and passenger seats. When you are parked up in the lay-bys, you can take advantage of the flat dash-top that lets you spread out your paperwork and there is plenty of storage above the windscreen.

Perhaps one of the biggest advantages of owning a Citroen Dispatch is its low running costs as it can deliver up to 62.8 mpg on the fuel. This is good for a van that can carry a load of up to 1000 kilograms and the service intervals are every 20,000 miles. In addition, the CO2 emissions are under 183g per kilometre and every van comes with a 2-year unlimited mileage warranty.

Why a Citroen Berlingo Would be Right for You

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With its versatile design, ability to carry loads of up to 885 kg, and aids to make driving easier, the Citroen Berlingo offers many reasons for you to choose this high-quality and reliable van.

Space

The Citroen Berlingo’s design offers a load space volume of 4.1m3, allowing you to carry two Euro pallets. Two body types are available: L1 can transport lengths of up to 3.25m, and L2 lengths of 4.1m. It has wide, sliding side doors and asymmetric rear doors opening to 180° which allows ease of access. Loading and unloading are safe and easy, while its versatile EXTENSO® cab design, with no gear lever, seats up to three people. The crew van option offers extra seating for up to five: this is easily removable when you wish to turn your Berlingo back into a conventional van. Further flexibility is offered by refinements such as an opening roof that will allow you to carry longer items such as poles and ladders.
 

Economy

Competitively priced when new, and economical to run, the Berlingo boasts figures of 61.4mpg, amongst the lowest of its class. Co2 emissions are only 133g/km, making it one of the more environmentally friendly vans. For the ultimate green option, the micro-hybrid technology of the new e-HDi 90 Airdream ETG6 engine combines very low CO₂ emissions of 118 g/km with maximum fuel efficiency.
 

Driveability

Driving aids on the Berlingo assist you to drive in safety and comfort in the most challenging conditions:

The Berlingo has an advanced anti-skid system that adapts to driving conditions to improve grip. The selector allows you to choose one of the four driving modes to suit your current driving conditions – normal, snow, sand or all-terrain.

For improved safety when driving on steep slopes, Hill Start Assist holds the vehicle still for two seconds to give you time to move your foot from the brake to the accelerator.

On longer trips, the speed limiter makes for more relaxed driving, keeping the Berlingo at the speed limit you select.

If these fantastic benefits sound right up your street, take a look at our full Berlingo range today.

Citroen Nemo named 2014 Best Light Van

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A high payload and spacious loading area makes the Citroen Nemo stand-out as one of the most practical light vans found on Britain’s roads. And at the Van Fleet World awards show this year, the judges certainly seemed to agree. The Citroen Nemo came out on top in the ‘Best Light Van’ category, despite fierce competition.

Dan Gilkes, editor for Van Fleet World, cited the Nemo’s ‘versatility and load carrying capabilities’ as qualities that set it apart from its competitors, including ‘car-derived launches in the last year.’

Jeremy Smith, the Head of Commercial Vehicles and Business Sector Operations at Citroen, was understandably delighted with the award, stating that ‘Citroen is pleased that the Nemo’s load carrying versatility and efficiency has been recognised.’

Now that we’ve heard from Citroen and a Van Fleet World judge, let’s take a look at what all the fuss is about.

Why So Many Love the Nemo

Adapted from the Fiat Punto, this Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) offers a choice between diesel and petrol. The petrol engine comes with the standard X specifications, whilst diesel can be paired with one of four models.

Both engines predate the Nemo and have been tried and tested. As such, they have excellent reliability and low running costs. The petrol engine runs at 40 miles per gallon (MPG), whilst the diesel engine is more efficient at 50 MPG. Petrol prices are cheaper, however, so both engine types balance out on running costs.

As the Nemo is modified from the Fiat Punto, its responsiveness and feel is like that of a car. The power steering is light and the mirrors provide a wide angle view, making it easy to manoeuvre at any speed.

Of course, the main consideration is storage space, which the Nemo is lauded for. In comparison to a hatchback, there is twice the load-space, and the Extenso seat provides the option to increase the length of the loading area.

Overall, the Nemo combines practicality and efficiency, making it an ideal light commercial vehicle.

How Citroen Took The Van World by Storm

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Citroen has been in the business of vehicle manufacturing since the early part of the 20th century and the company, which is now part of the PSA Peugeot Citroen Group, is one of the famous names in the motor industry. They have been at the forefront of many automobile innovations during their years in operation and this has been for more than just cars. In the late 1940s they took the van world by storm with the introduction of the Citroen H Van. This remained in production for over 30 years.

Conception

The idea for the H van was conceived in the early 1940s, with Citroen looking to produce a vehicle using some of the new techniques being developed at the time. This included constructing the van as an integrated unit, where the bodywork and chassis were one piece as opposed to the existing manufacturing method that bolted bodywork onto a separate chassis. The benefit of this was it resulted in a lighter, stronger vehicle more capable of coping with the everyday demands it was needed for.

Innovations

Other features used in the design of the H van that were innovative for the time included an ultra low floor to make loading and unloading easier, a larger 2 litre engine, side loading door, front wheel steering, and torsion bar suspension. Its most distinctive feature was its corrugated bodywork and this helped in making it lighter and stronger, which gave it the advantage of being able to carry heavier loads in comparison to other vans in its class. All this was intended to make it the best vehicle possible to help Citroen become the top manufacturer for commercial vehicles.

Production

Production of the van commenced in 1949, with the first vehicles being given the H designation. In the years following, this was replaced by the upgraded HY and HZ models, with manufacturing work being carried out in the UK, Holland, and France. It was immediately successful when brought to market, with van buyers taking to in their thousands and this ensured it remained in production for many years. Almost half a million were manufactured during this time, with the last one rolling off the production line in 1981.
 

The Citroen H Van was well ahead of its time when it first came to market, with the many innovations ensuring it took the commercial vehicle world by storm. This helped it become one of the most successful vans of all time.

Why a Citroen Van Will be Right For You

Citroen Vans

Nemo

The affordable Nemo is the baby of Citroen’s range of vans, and is perfect for zipping around busy cities, with exceptional fuel efficiency, low CO2 emissions and intelligent traction control. Its comfortable interior, rear parking sensors and Bluetooth make it a pleasure to drive.

There is plenty of space inside the Nemo with a load volume of 2.8mᶟ when the passenger seat is folded, and the ability to carry loads up to 2.49m long. Large sliding side doors, asymmetric rear swing doors and a low sill make loading and unloading simple.

Moving up the range is the Berlingo, with inner space of up to 4.1mᶟ and the ability to carry loads with a length of up to 3.25m, either inside or through an opening section in the roof. Loading the Berlingo couldn’t be easier, with its wide sliding side doors and 60/40 asymmetric rear doors opening to 180°. 

Berlingo

Driving aids available on the Berlingo include the advanced anti-skid Grip Control system, Hill Start Assist, giving the driver valuable seconds to move his (or her) foot from the brake to the accelerator, and a speed limiter. Without a gear lever, driving modes are adjusted using a knob on the dashboard or on the steering wheel.

 Dispatch

The versatile Dispatch is bigger still, but feels like a car, with cruise control, speed limiter, Grip Control, Bluetooth and USB socket, plus a new six-speed automatic gearbox. Exterior lines are fluid and stylish, with useful extra-wide rubbing strips in case of accident. It comes in a variety of shapes and styles, meaning it can be used for many different types of jobs.

Relay

Top of the range is the class-leading New Relay. Every part of this large panel van is designed to lessen the chance of a serious accident or reduce repair costs, including high-mounted daytime running headlights, large, multi-piece front bumper and large door mirrors, plus innovative optional features such as a lane departure warning system. A huge range of body styles and with conversions available, all models able to hold at least three Euro pallets.