- PEUGEOT celebrates 120-years of light commercial vehicle (LCV) production in 2015
- The Partner van - the UK’s best-selling light commercial van – debuts new look and features
- Full range of PEUGEOT LCVs, including Partner Electric, were displayed at Commercial Vehicle Show
PEUGEOT in 2015 is celebrating 120 years of light commercial vehicle production, and what better way to mark such a significant anniversary than with the debut of the new Partner van. It took centre stage at this year’s Commercial Vehicle Show and was joined by other vehicles from the brand’s award-winning, four-model LCV range.
The Bipper, Partner, Expert and Boxer vans illustrate perfectly how PEUGEOT offers everything a British business needs to keep it moving – exceptional versatility, high-quality durability, outstanding reliability, stylish design, desirable specification and great value.
PEUGEOT enters its 120th year of LCV business in a position of strength. LCV sales in the UK were up more than 50% last year – the largest market growth of any LCV manufacturer. Sales reached 32,254 units and PEUGEOTended the year as the fourth largest company in the market, a jump of two places compared to 2013 and a market share that grew by over 2% from 7.7% in 2013 to 9.8% in 2014.
Attracting most attention at the NEC was the enhanced PEUGEOT Partner van, the UK's favourite in the compact sector and one of the UK's most popular LCVs. Since 1996 its practical one-box body style has shaped the segment, fulfilling an 'everyday workhorse' role for business users who demand outstanding efficiency and robustness.
New for 2015, to be launched in June, the new PEUGEOT Partner has a wide range of engines which sees the introduction of a Euro 6 variant. In total, six engines / gearbox combinations are available, delivering from 75 to 100hp, with fuel consumption and CO2 emissions achieving, on average, 15% lower than the predecessor model. The 1.6-litre BlueHDi 100 S&S version has the lowest CO2 emissions in the segment, just 108g/km, with either manual or electronic controlled gearboxes.
The Partner's contemporary new front end features a revised headlamp design and is in line with the new face of the Brand. New technology available includes an optional reversing camera and, from November 2015, optional Active City Brake.
This is an automatic urban braking system which activates when a risk of collision is detected, up to speeds of 20mph. By helping to avoid accidents, or reduce the seriousness of an impact, it has a positive effect on the insurance group rating and running costs – a key factor for business users.
Also on PEUGEOT's stand at the NEC was the Partner Electric van, with zero emissions and a potential range of 105 miles between charges. Its battery carries an eight-year / 60,000-mile warranty.
With it were examples of the PEUGEOT Bipper, Expert and face-lifted Boxer, which benefited from a restyle and enhanced specification in 2014. This helped the Boxer to achieve a top three sales position in the K3 (3.26t-3.5t) and K4 (3.5t-5.0t) sectors during 2014.
PEUGEOT used the CV Show to illustrate how versatile its range is when faced with the UK's diverse terrain and weather. A key element to this is Grip Control, a pioneering technology which allows PEUGEOT LCVs to keep business drivers on schedule in the most demanding conditions.
TomTom, a semi integrated unit, will be introduced from June 2015 to the entire PEUGEOT Professional range, recognising the evolving needs of a professional van driver.
NEW PARTNER VAN – UK VERSION
PEUGEOT revolutionised the small van segment in 1996 with the Partner Van and its original one-box body style, entirely designed to meet the growing demand from business users for efficiency and robustness.
A second, then a third, generation PEUGEOT Partner Van continued to develop the definition of a compact van, with its spaciousness, comfort and modularity remaining the reference in the segment.
In the compact van segment, the worldwide annual sales for the third generation PEUGEOT Partner Van continues to grow. It had almost doubled in 2014 compared to the first full year on sale in 2009. During the same period, its market share outside Europe grew by more than 15%, reaching 20%.
To meet the needs of business users and enhance their operational ability, the PEUGEOT Partner Van adds to its benchmark utility and dynamic qualities: modernity, robustness and increased efficiency, with lower running costs.
In its styling, other than the new front end, the headlamps with their redesigned outline give the Partner Van a modern look that is different from the new Partner Tepee, due to the specific internal design of the headlamps.
Modern technologies to deliver efficiency and functionality
The new PEUGEOT Partner Van is available with the latest generation Euro 6 engine that meets the stringent emission standards and produces fuel economy among the lowest in the market.
This range is supplemented with the Partner Van Electric version with zero emissions, delivering 67hp and having a potential range of 105 miles. Its battery carries an 8-year or 60,000 miles warranty.
The best safety and driving assistance systems
To ensure safety, ease of driving and preservation of the vehicle over time, the new PEUGEOT Partner Van offers a wide range of modern and technological driving and safety systems.
In addition to the standard safety equipment such as; ABS, emergency braking assistance, ESP with traction control, Hill Start Assist and Direct under-inflation detection, using a pressure sensor fitted to each wheel, the new PEUGEOT Partner Van offers Active City Brake (available as an option, from the S trim (level 1), from November 2015). As well as allowing an accident to be avoided, or the seriousness of an impact to be reduced, this system also has a positive effect on the insurance group rating and therefore running costs, a key factor for business users.
Cruise control and speed limiter are now standard from the SE trim (level 2). A fixed limiter function also makes it possible to set four limit speeds as desired by the operator.
In addition to the rear parking sensors already standard on the Professional trim (level 3), the new PEUGEOT Partner Van offers front parking sensors and a reversing camera available as options. Manoeuvres are thus made easier and the vehicle better protected.
Grip Control is a system that provides enhanced traction; it remains a reference in the segment and allows the vehicle to continue to make progress on roads or tracks and surfaces with low grip.
Mobile office: functional and connected
The PEUGEOT Partner Van offers a drivers cab perfectly adapted to business use.
The tall driving position gives optimum vision and ergonomic instruments and controls with a steering wheel adjustable for height and reach – rare in the segment- and the gear lever located on the dashboard. In addition, the 3rd centre passenger seat at the front benefits from a normal level of legroom, unique in the segment, with the ETG6 gearbox and its rotary control knob on the dashboard instead of a gear lever.
Close to 60-litres of storage space is available in the cabin for the use of passengers and the driver. The closed space in front of the steering wheel and the writing table on the back of the folding backrest of the central seat are particularly useful for business users.
The new PEUGEOT Partner Van is connected in real time, but also to the activities of business users themselves.
It includes the best of vehicle connectivity to meet the demand for these new uses:
The new telematic system together with a perfectly integrated large 7" colour touch screen, fitted as standard on Professional trim (level 3) and an option on SE trim (level 2), with Bluetooth, USB port, auxiliary jack socket, voice recognition and the MirrorScreen function with compatible smartphones;
TomTom semi-integrated navigation standard on Professional versions.
Benchmark load carrying and flexibility
To meet the differing needs of business users, the PEUGEOT Partner Van offers a wide range of body styles, the choice between two lengths: L1 at 4.38m and L2 at 4.63m, a crew cab version with a folding bench seat in row and a floor cab for body converters.
The PEUGEOT Partner Van is characterised by its modularity and load capacity, for which it is a benchmark in its category.
Its load volume attains 3.3m3 for an L1, with a load length of 1.80m and 3.7m3 for an L2, with a load length of 2.05m. This load capacity rises to 3.7m3 for an L1, with a load length of 3m and to 4.1m3 for an L2, with a load length of 3.25m due to the Multi-flex seat.
With its benchmark load width of 1.62m and 1.23m between wheel arches, the PEUGEOT Partner Van is capable of accommodating 2 Euro pallets (1.2m x 0.80m) in its short L1 version. Its asymmetric side-hinged rear doors, with 180° opening, make loading particularly easy. Its payload varies from 625kg to 850kg as an option on L1 and is up to 750kg on L2, among the best in the category.
With its Multi-flex seat, the new PEUGEOT Partner Van retains the exclusive modularity which has been a feature of the vehicle since its launch. This equipment, unique in the small van segment, copied but never equalled, allows:
- Three people can be seated at the front. This practical feature is greatly appreciated by business users, allowing them to carry employees and their tools from one job to another, keeping journeys to a minimum
- A flat load floor, with a load volume up to 400 litres and a load length greater than 1.20m, while still retaining the ability to carry two people, due to the folding outer passenger seat
- Tall loads to be transported, due to the outer passenger seat cushion which can also be lifted onto the backrest
- A mobile office function due to the writing table included into the back of the central seat backrest;
- Additional load space, securely lockable with a padlock.
For more information about any of Peugeot's vans, please contact Westover Peugeot in Poole or Salisbury.