Euro NCAP tests the safety of vans

// Euro NCAP has crash tested some of Europe’s best-selling business and family vans using protocols that are more true-to-life than the current legal tests for these van-based vehicles. The safety organisation is calling on manufacturers to offer these vehicles with higher levels of safety equipment and for legislators to review their lenient legal safety requirements. In the tests, the Ford Transit Custom was the only vehicle to score five stars. The Hyundai H1 scored three stars. The Fiat Scudo also scored three stars while the Renault Trafic scored two stars. Some of these vehicles are also rebadged and sold by other manufacturers. The Fiat Scudo is available as the Peugeot Expert and Citroën Jumpy. The Renault Trafic also sells as the Vauxhall/Opel Vivaro and Nissan Primastar. Dr Michiel van Ratingen, Secretary General of Euro NCAP, said: “This time around Euro NCAP has focused…

You can rely on a Ford Transit…

The UK’s most popular van is also the most reliable. The Ford Transit came top of the FN50 van reliability survey while Ford’s small van, the Transit Connect, retained its second place from a year ago. Last year’s top performing model, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, took third place. Volkswagen’s most popular vans, the Transporter and the Caddy are fourth and fifth respectively, retaining top five positions. The survey asks FN50 companies to rank their best performing vehicles for reliability based on breakdowns and warranty claims. Mark Ovenden, managing director, Ford of Britain said: “Ford is extremely proud that the Ford Transit and Ford Transit Connect have taken the top two spots in this reliability survey which is based on hard facts. “This is a tribute to the passion and dedication of our designers and engineers at Dunton who make quality the highest priority, and which…

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