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How Citroen Took The Van World by Storm


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.


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.


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 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.

10 Things You Should Always Keep in Your Van

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As the saying goes, hope for the best but prepare for the worst. Even when travelling for short distances, it is important that you keep these essentials in your van to help you better handle emergencies.

Spare Oil

This is important even if your van runs perfectly well. More so if it is a new one that requires only a specific type of oil.

Cell Phone Charger

While there are some vehicles that have inbuilt phone charging capability, many don’t. If your van doesn’t have such features, carrying a charger will help keep your phone on in case of a breakdown.


This can be very handy especially when you get a van breakdown at night. Even during the day, looking under the vehicle can be difficult without enough light. A flashlight solves that.

Flat Tire Fixer

Some new vans lack space for spare tires. If you have such a van, carrying a sealant for tire sealing and inflation will help you to keep driving.

Food and Water

When travelling, keep some food and water so that if you get a breakdown in difficult circumstances where help might take a lot of time to arrive, you will have something to keep you going.

First-Aid Kit

A basic first-aid kit will help you better handle injuries resulting from accidents. A good kit might include bandages, pain reliever and antibacterial ointment.

GPS and Map

Some vans have in-built navigation system. If your van doesn’t have one, have a map and portable GPS for emergency purposes.

Reflective Triangle

This will help prevent getting hit on the road when you get a breakdown at night. A reflective triangle will enable other road users identify your van before they reach you.

Jumper Cables

These are important for jump-starting your van when the battery dies while on the road.

Ice scraper

If it is in winter, having an ice scraper will help in clearing of the windows and windscreen.

Why a Citroen Van Will be Right For You

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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°. 


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.


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.


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.

What Size Van Should I Buy?

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Buying a commercial van can be a challenge, especially if you can’t determine the right size to suit your needs. Of course, there is always the option of hiring a van rather than buying one, which can be a good option if your budget is limited. Here are some considerations when selecting the right van for your business needs.

When it comes to transporting goods from one premise to another, size definitely matters. Bear in mind that the equipment you have needs to fit in your vehicle, so it is important to consider the floor space as well as engine capacity and resilience. If you are going to do lots of starting and stopping, you need to make sure your van has a large engine size.

Heavier tools demand power steering so you should make sure your chosen van has this feature. This means that the road tax and insurance costs will be higher.

When choosing the most suitable van for your business needs, it is worth researching and seeking recommendations from reputable dealers. For larger loads, you should consider transit vans with higher roofs and larger wheelbases in order to maximise the space. The Citroen models can easily take the extra weight of heavier loads.

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On the other hand, if you only need a small van for local trips, you should consider the smallest engine size for fuel efficiency and lower tax bill. The door arrangement will also play an important factor in the type of load you need. Some transit vans come with sliding doors for easier access, and some have extra features such as built in rollers on the floor for better portability of tools.

Finally, it is worth checking the previous insurance claims of the van to ensure it has not been written off or stolen. This is especially important if you are buying a second-hand vehicle from a private seller.

4 Reasons You Should Insure Your Van

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It is mandatory that all vehicles be insured and vans are no exception. However, is it necessary? Well, van insurance has lots of advantages, most of which protect both your wallet and livelihood. The following is an outline of some of these.

You get the benefits when you really need them

Each time you take your van out for a spin, to work, or transporting family and relatives, you are generally not only risking your bank account, but also yours and potentially other people’s lives. These are risks that apply to all vehicles on the road as they are all susceptible to accidents. When they happen, there are bound to be unforeseen expenses, which can sometimes be very high as a result of injury, direct damage to assets, and liability lawsuits. That said, a policy that has high compensation limits, collision, as well as medical payments coverage, can save you thousands of pounds.

You save time

When you insure your van, the insurance company takes over the post accident process and works with the other driver’s insurance company. It also guides you through the processes of claiming, finding a reliable repair shop and also getting the settlement. In the event that you are in a collision with a driver who has no insurance, the company can help cover the costs through the uninsured motorist coverage. This will not only save you time, but also money.

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It gives you peace of mind

The roads today have their fair share of beginners and careless drivers, and van insurance protects you from paying for the mistakes of others. It offers liability protection against the lady tweeting while driving, the woman applying makeup while on the driver’s seat on the highway, and the intoxicated teen who took his mother’s car to go partying. The good news is that getting comprehensive van insurance coverage covers all these aspects saving you a lot of hustle when accidents occur.

Insurance covers your own mistakes

A lot can go wrong on the road, including the fact that your own van can develop complications at the most inappropriate moment, for example develop brake failure while going down a slope dramatically increasing the odds of causing an accident. Adverse weather conditions can also result in poor visibility and tire grip, consequently leading to accidents. However, the fact is that some of the aforementioned situations may cause you to be liable for accidents occurring as a result, but the good thing is that van insurance also covers these.